It's been a long time since Candida Royalle stepped behind the lens and helped create a whole new category of adult entertainment (porn from a woman's point of view). An entire generation of female directors have followed, each adding their voice to an expanding universe of women created porn.
Here's a rundown of the top 10, most dynamic women directors in porn and how they're adding their mark to adult entertainment:
1. Tristan Taormino
Long time sex advice columnist Tristan Taormino stepped behind the lens and the porn industry has never been the same since.
With Chemistry, a reality based porn series, Taormino showed that great porn begins and ends with the connections and chemistry between the people on screen.
Made from a fundamentally female perspective Chemistry stands among some of the hottest porn on the market. The Chemistry series now includes 4 volumes (Chemistry 2, 3 and 4 all furthering and building on the concept).
Defined by her sensual style, Celeste has followed in the footsteps of Candida Royalle with an erotic style that is uniquely feminine. After finding a home at Digital Playground Celeste has amassed an incredible body of work ranking her as the single most prolific female director.
A performer who makes a case that dirty should be spelled with a capital B, Belladonna destroys any conception about just how naughty women can be. Another extremely prolific female porn director Belladonna has explored almost every fetish, boundary and extreme sex act possible.
When it comes to commanding big budget features Stormy Daniels shows she's got what it takes to go toe to toe with the best of the men. Stormy has found a cross over status which is elusive to most performers and she's brought that sensibility to her work.
Stormy rarely gets the credit or recognition she deserves for her directorial work, but we expect that to change as she continues to produce crossover worthy films.
5. Kimberly Kane
redefining the image of 'Women's Porn'. Kane is famous for saying "If I
had a penis, I'd be in Jail" and she constantly pushes at the edges
with her work.
Kane made the leap from performer to director with Naked and Famous.
It gave a peek into a world where a Woman Porn Director didn't mean
romanticized sex or muscle bound men. Kane made a clear statement that
women directed sex can be hard, dirty and extremely hot.
solidified Kane's vision with extremely sexually charged sex scenes,
bondage and intense sex. Triple Ecstasy is dirty in all the right ways
and features hard sex with a unique 'woman's touch. With Morphine Kane infused style with intense sex scenes future illustrating the evolution of this exceptionally talented director.
6. Diana Devoe
It's an unfortunate fact that black performers and directors don't get the kind of attention and coverage in the adult entertainment industry that their fairer skinned counterparts receive. The result is that a strong director like Diana Devoe and her work doesn't get the praise and recognition it deserves.
When it comes to pushing the boundaries, it's hard to find a woman Director more willing to push past the edge than Mason. Constantly exploring the kinkier side of sexuality Mason has proven that women can enjoy and depict extremely edgy sex.
We expect Mason to continue to redefine the image of women porn directors and show just how hardcore they can be.
most recognizable female porn director Candida Royalle deserves
mountains of credit for breaking the glass ceiling in adult
entertainment. As with Suze Randall, Royalle has moved from directing
to producing films, but her legacy of films and work still has a very
real effect on the industry today.
It's a right of passage for any up and coming adult performer. You know you're on your way to stardom after Suze Randall has shot you.
Randall is known for getting some of the best work out of starlets and she captures them in the most idealized way imaginable. Randall captures the beauty of the female form in a way few directors ever could.
These are just a few of the strong women voices in porn. Several directors nearly made this list and are soundly in the category of 'Ones to Watch', including: Penny Flame, Joanna Angel, Ashley Blue, Dana DeArmond, Aunt Gertrude, Tina Tyler, Shine Louise Houston and the crew of AbbyWinters.com. We expect this list to grow as more women step behind the camera and help redefine the image of 'Women's Porn' for generations to come.