Both the ladies are half Indian adult film stars. But Sunny and Belle have more in common that just porn films
Recently, Belle Knox, aka Lauren aka Aurora grabbed headlines for entering the porn industry to fund her college education. Reportedly, Belle has much more in common with adult film star Sunny Leone. Both Sunny and Belle have Indian roots. While it’s known that Sunny Leone’s mother is from Himachal Pradesh, India, Belle’s mother too is from India. Sunny and Belle are both American citizens. Sunny was introduced to the porn industry by a friend, who was an exotic dancer and it was by choice that Ms Leone took a plunge into the adult film industry. Though, for Belle it was her college education, that prompted her to enter the porn industry. Knox, also found a voice for her sexual repression and felt that the medium gave her sexual liberation. Knox claims that her parents cut off her education funds and that’s when she decided to enter the15 billion dollar US adult film industry, in which actors earn 1000 dollars and upwards per session.
Belle Knox, who is a Duke University undergraduate chose adult films over odd jobs at malls and restaurants unlike other students because she was paid better. Knox said in an interview, “Go to the mall and talk to somebody who works at a hot dog stand and ask them about their job. They go to work at 9 am, work until 6 pm, maybe get two five-minute breaks in the day, make 6.25 dollars an hour before taxes, and they’re on their feet all day. They’re working in conditions that are physically and mentally draining. So they’re making maybe 100 dollars a day before taxes for doing 9 hours of hard physical work. You look at that and look at what I’m doing, making 1,000 dollars for two hours doing what I really love doing, which for me is not degrading and is something I feel safe in, you tell me which industry is demeaning?”
We hear that her family is going to stand by her and not abandon her despite her choice of entering the US porn industry. This situation is again similar to Leone’s. Sunny had once said, “When my parents found out they knew my personality which was very independent. Even if they tried to stop me or tried to steer me the right way they would have lost their daughter. I’m too headstrong. And it wasn’t a plan. It just happened and my career and everything just kept getting bigger and bigger.”
While Sunny Leone stands by her once chosen career, Belle says that she wouldn’t have chosen it if Duke had given her sufficient financial aid. She said, “If Duke had given me sufficient financial aid, if they had given me the proper resources and made college affordable for my family, I would not have done porn. I would’ve just gotten through college and been fine. The financial burden that Duke put on me was absolutely enormous and insurmountable with the resources that I had.”
Well, now that Belle has entered the US porn industry, we wonder if she will make a full-fledged career out of it like Sunny Leone. Or considering that she too has an Indian background, will she enter Bollywood like Leone did?