Adult Film Star Who Earns £2k A Day Reveals What It's Like On Set
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An adult film star who can earn up to £6,000 ($8,055) for three days of work has revealed what it's like working in the industry, sharing all on new Channel 5 series The Sex Business.
Kiki Minaj, who is one of the UK's leading black female adult film performers, has said that she has no qualms about what she does for a living - explaining that she is an attention seeker and that, in adult film, it's 'all about the girl'.
Minaj originally moved to London from the West Midlands to become an accountant, but ended up doing a same-sex scene for Playboy as she felt she couldn't turn down the money.
"I didn't just choose porn, I'm an attention seeker. That's what it is, so I like attention," she said.
"It was Playboy that sold it for me. It was kind of more worth going into boy-girl porn, because it's way more money."
She added: "In the sex industry I think women are taken very seriously, it's all about the girl.
"When people are watching porn and it's a guy and a girl, they are mainly watching the girl.
"There's no problem with this sexism thing in the porn industry. We have sex, we can't have sexism when we're having sex. In porn you're the star."
Minaj explained that her reputation grew, and before long she found herself upping her rate from £2,000 ($2,685) to £6,000 - now also travelling around Europe to film on location.
She said: "It's really exciting for me. I don't think of it like, 'Oh, I'm going to work today, I'm going to... have sex'.
"I'm going there and going to get my make-up done for an hour or two and I go into wardrobe and get clothes."
Explaining more about what it's like behind the scenes, Minaj said that sometimes she can spend 15 hours waiting around before anything happens, and may only be needed to perform for a few minutes.
"The actual sex part for me in a whole day is probably like 30 percent. This is the life, sitting around and waiting," she said.
Minaj insists on keeping her private life separate from her work, saying: "When you're having sex at home, you're just having sex, you love the person or whatever. In porn everything has to be open to the camera, so everything has to be... on an angle, it's not very comfortable."
She also said that she had a 'good' childhood, even though that isn't always the case for some adult stars.
"I think I had a good childhood, my mum was cool, my dad was cool. We had good stuff, we always had what we wanted, we done lots of day trips, we went to Blackpool all the time," she said.
"I know some women whose children will be out there stealing, shooting drugs and crack and all sorts of stuff."
Minaj continued: "I am just making money, doing a legitimate job, I know I am safe.
"I paid my taxes, I do what I'm supposed to do, I'm not hurting anybody. So it is what it is."
She added: "The world has changed. Nice women, nurses, doctors, are busting it out at home on the webcam to make extra money on the side.
"Like, people do this, for me it's just a job. I'm having sex for a few minutes, people are obviously buying it. I don't see what the problem is."