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More and more millennial students are turning to sex work to pay their way through their studies as a lucrative alternative to typical cafe or bar jobs.
The temporary career move looks to have paid off for ambitious former porn star Belle Knox as she is now studying to become a lawyer in New York City.
According to the website Page Six, the 22-year-old, who paid her way through her undergrad at North Carolina's Duke University by starring in porn, is now enrolled at New York Law School in Tribeca and has no reservations about discussing her past.
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A man who met Knox for dinner at San Remo Cafe in Greenwich Village, told Page Six: "She was really loud and wouldn't stop talking about herself."
Knox, whose real name is Miriam Weeks, shot to stardom aged just 18 in 2013 as she entered the adult industry with the express purpose of paying off her steep tuition fees.
An openly sex-positive feminist and libertarian, Knox would fly out to Los Angeles to star in porn films during breaks in her college studies at Duke, where she majored in Women's Studies and Sociology.
Knox, who has the ultimate aim of becoming a civil rights lawyer, has been on record before saying that she found it 'empowering' to enter the porn industry.
"In this backdrop of misogyny against women, it's incredibly freeing and liberating for me to have that choice to make decisions about my own body," Weeks said on TV show The View in 2014.
Prior to entering the adult industry to fund her $60,000 (£42,700)-a-year education at Duke, Knox was raised a devout Roman Catholic in Spokane, Washington.
She said that while her parents were initially unaware of her decision to enter porn, they ultimately became 'absolutely supportive' of her choice.
Knox retired from the industry in 2015. Her story was the subject of a five-part documentary series Becoming Belle Knox and it has now been made into a Lifetime docudrama, From Straight As to XXX.
A spokesperson for New York Law School declined to confirm or deny to Page Six whether Knox is or has been enrolled as a student at the school.
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