Since rising to prominence earlier this year, Miriam Weeks (a.k.a. Belle Knox, a.k.a. the Duke Porn Star) has done an impressive job claiming her right to be both a college feminist and a porn star. But even with her formidable self-possession, that's no easy job, as this week's Rolling Stone profile makes clear.
The piece finds the now-known porn star and college freshman fully settling into her gig as Belle Knox, which includes "wearily" shopping for cheap panties to sell for $50 per pair at an Atlantic City convention called Exxxotica — there are pitfalls to every job, guys — an internship at Pornhub, a sex-toy line based off of her genitals, and a new gig hosting TV show The Sex Factor. And it discusses what it's like, day to day, to go back and forth between being Miriam (a college student who “sleeps a lot, loves her family, loves her friends" and "wants to get married, have kids, work as a lawyer for women's rights") and being Belle Knox, full-fledged porn star. For starters, she's lost ability to go to her favorite bar, Shooters, and hardly has a relationship with her parents. And, despite an initial fantasy of how "hot" her first shoot would be, this is her account of the experience:
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