Bobbi Starr may not be the most well-known of pornstars, but that is absolutely going to change very quickly. Beginning her porn career in 2006 at the age of 23, Bobbi has systematically built a reputation as one of the hardest working and most talented women in the business. As a testament to her growing influence within the industry, Bobbi Starr was the 2012 AVN Award winner for Female Performer of the Year, one of the most prestigious and exclusive awards in the adult entertainment industry. While her efforts didn’t result in instant super stardom within the world of porn, Bobbi Starr has been building momentum for the past few years and now is in a position to be among the next wave of pornstar elite within the industry.
A native of Santa Clara, California, Bobbi Starr didn’t take the “traditional” path to becoming a porn superstar. A graduate of San Jose State University, with a degree in music, Bobbi Starr didn’t fit the mold of someone who’d end up being named as an AVN Female Performer of the Year. However, in 2006, at the age of 23, she met a friend in San Fransisco who was already working in the porn industry. Knowing that Bobbi had a strong desire to express herself, something that attracted her to music, her friend suggested to her that she might enjoy making porn. One thing led to another and, well, the rest is history, as the saying goes.
I mentioned that Bobbi Starr is one of the most talented and hardest working women in porn. Those aren’t just hollow words, my friend. In addition to having starred in well over 300 porn films, Bobbi Starr is also an acclaimed director and producer. As a director, she’s worked on various films for Evil Angel and produces and directs the majority of the content that appears on her personal site, BobbiStarr.com. And, speaking of her website, BobbiStarr.com was the winner of the 2012 AVN Award for Best Pornstar Site. With a resume like that, it’s clear that Ms. Starr isn’t just a flash in the pan, rather, she has all the trappings of someone who is set to be a powerful force within the adult industry for several years to come.
To give you a better idea of the amount of creativity and talent Bobbi Starr brings to the table, allow me to quote from her official biography, which appears over on the Evil Angel website…
“A classically trained and former professional concert oboist, Starr’s schedule is packed with shoot dates, appearances and writing commitments. She’s been featured on mainstream websites Spike.com and slashfilm.com, and is a contributor to popular metal blog metalsucks.com. Her credits also include an appearance in the Nerdcore 2009 and 2010 calendars and a nomination for Wired.com’s Sexy Geek of 2009.
More recently, she’s also spoken at Colby College, shared her experiences to mainstream books and magazines about the porn industry and contributed a photo essay to photographer Jim Herrington and editor John Long’s upcoming book collaboration, tentatively titled Alt Fem. During the 2010 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo and AVN Awards Show, Starr wrote daily dispatches for the Las Vegas Weekly, giving the newspaper an insider/new journalism/gonzo point of view. She wrote an article on misogyny in the 2011 release of art-porn magazine Richardson Mag and contributed a short story to forthcoming book about the secret life of a former photographer of the AP, titled One Night Stand. Starr will be featured in the upcoming mainstream feature “Drive” directed by Nicolas Winding Refn set to release winter of 2011.”
One of the most intelligent voices representing the porn industry today, Bobbi Starr has long taken the position that she in no way sees being a pornstar as a demeaning role for a woman. In a 2007 interview with XrentDVD, Starr was asked if she saw what she was doing a being degrading towards women, especially considering that she considers herself a supporter of the feminist movement. Here’s her response…
“There have been some times when people have said, ‘I don’t agree with what you are doing’ or ‘you shouldn’t be doing this because porn is degrading towards women’. I don’t agree with that last statement because I call myself a feminist. It sounds like it is a contradiction but the thing about feminism is that the entire movement was created by people who wanted to support women and their choice to choose for themselves.
People who want to support women can still like porn. Also, people who want to support women can not like porn. There has been this creation of this wide spectrum of pro-sex feminists as opposed to a more traditional or conservative feminist. There is a lot of literature out there that defends porn as not being degrading to women. There is also a lot of literature that says yes it is. I don’t feel degraded because it is my decision. I know that if I did ever feel degraded or feel uncomfortable, all I need to do is say no and it would stop. I don’t think something that women have so much control over the situation can be considered degrading towards women.”
Bobbi Starr is someone who will, without question, continue to be a major player in the adult industry. Her skills as a performer, director, producer, writer, and public speaker position her as one of the most credible ambassadors of the industry and she serves as a shining testament to the fact strong, intelligent, and multi-talented women absolutely have a role within the world of porn, countering the seemingly endless stereotypes that too often color the porn world in such a harsh light. And, yeah, it doesn’t hurt that she’s also a smoking hot bad ass. If you haven’t already, you should definitely invest some time exploring her work.