You’d never expect that adult stars would be interested – and be accepted – ina field that’s hugely different from their industry. But that seemed to be the case with not one or two but a whole lot of them who aspired to be politicians. Some of them raised such relevant issues that they gave their political rivals a serious run for their money.
They took advantage of their fan following to gather votes and managed to get the electorate to actually consider them as serious politicians. Here’s a list of adult stars that had a measure of success politically:
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Nikki Benz is one of the most famous adult stars in the world. She has appeared in Penthouse and Hustler too. She claimed that she could be great as Toronto’s mayor. She promised to create profit by setting up the adult industry in Toronto. Another promise she made was to lower taxes on property.
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Ilona Staller, an adult star of Hungarian descent was elected to the Italian parliament as a candidate from the Green party, in 1987. Her pet issues were human rights, NATO membership as well as being against nuclear energy. Just before the Gulf War broke out, she gained notoriety for offering to have sex with Saddam Hussein and wanted peace in exchange.
She founded the party DNA – Democracy, Nature, ‘Amour’ (Love) party in 2012. She was at the center of a controversy when it was found that she would receive a 39,000 Euros annual pension from the Government of Italy as a result of her stint in the parliament.
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Mary Carey is a porn star who briefly dabbled in politics. In 2003, during the recall election in California, she ran for governor as an independent, and she actually did quite well. She was 10th out in 135 candidates, though her campaign promises were somewhat unserious, like tax deductible lap dances, proposing to tax breast implants among others. She aspires to be the President of United States.
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Stormy Daniels was recruited by her fans to run for the 2010 Louisiana against David Vitter, who belonged to the Republican Party. She planned to retire from her adult film career if elected, and focused on the issues of child protection, women entrepreneurs and upliftment of the economy. On 28 July, 2009, a car bomb attack was made on the manager of her campaign. She withdrew her candidacy on 15 April 2010 saying that the media never took her seriously.
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Moana Pozzi was a sensation during her short life. She was a well-educated woman who chose to be in the adult industry and her exploits made her the favorite of the press. She even published a book rating all her lovers, including Robert de Niro, Roberto Benigni and the famous political leader, Italy’s PM Bettino Craxi, whose identity was kept a secret in her book.
She was one of the founders of the Love Party along with Ilona Staller. She contested for the seat of the mayor, Rome, and had a share of 1% of the vote. She became even more famous and was sought after by fashion designers and film makers.
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Mimi Miyagi or Melody Demayo ran for Governor as a Republican in Nevada. She campaigned in the midst of harsh criticism due to her former career. Though defeated, her interest in politics did not diminish and she changed her alliance to Libertarian. One of the primary causes she embraced during her campaign was anti-stalking legislation.
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Jenna Jameson is one of the most popular stars of the adult industry. She has made over 187 movies and her autobiography was on the NY Times bestseller list for six weeks. She is a savvy businesswoman too and is a self-made millionaire. She supported Hillary Clinton back in 2008 but Mitt Romney in 2012, even though he was a Republican. She’s now been tweeting her support for Donald Trump as her favorite candidate for President of US.
While many people are of the opinion that politics and the adult industry do not mix, these famous adult stars made their mark on the political scene and managed to get their views out to the voting public.