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Holly Randall: Where Did the Real Pornstars Go?


Holly Randall is a great photographer who’s worked in porn for about 10 years (oh, and she’s the daughter of legendary photographer Suze Randall).

During her time in the business, she’s seen the changes the industry has undergone and has an interesting perspective on how the girls have changed over the years that she wrote about in her XBiz column a couple weeks ago.

What happened to the few, the proud, the real pornstars? Back in the Golden Age of the adult industry, the performers were mostly a small community of women who truly loved sex and enjoyed showing their passion for it on camera. They were often older than the typical just-turned-18 fresh meat that I see so frequently these days, and lasted much longer.



She goes on to talk about how gonzo has basically become a competition in which the girls are expected to do ever-more extreme circus acts for their money.

I think this resonated with me because I’ve met these hollow-eyed girls who don’t even try to hide the fact that they’re just there to get paid and have no sexual passion whatsoever. It’s not hot and I think it’s one of the main reasons that I find 85% of porn completely boring and unsexy.

What do you guys think? Is porn really in a race to the bottom or are people just overreacting to the natural evolution of the industry?