Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 | 4:33 p.m.
Five-hundred porn princesses are poised provocatively to pose for fan photos and sign audacious autographs; exhibit booths of new content are ready to open; and displays of everything from sexy lingerie to kinky bedroom toys are ready for business at the annual AVN / Adult Entertainment Expo at the Hard Rock Hotel starting today.
2016 AVN/AEE continues through Saturday with the 2016 AVN Awards at the Joint wrapping the week. For two breakout newcomers, it’s their first visit to AVN/AEE. We caught up with Las Vegas adult-entertainer Daisy Monroe and one-time San Diego ballerina Kimmy Granger, who’s been in the adult industry for less than six months.
Kimmy, a former cocktail waitress, got her start from her mother, a onetime model who retired to start a family. Mom introduced daughter to photographers for her first professional shoots.
Kimmy says, “They were just bikini and lingerie photos, but it gave me the confidence to further pursue a career in adult entertainment. At that point, I was just a waitress at Little Darlings. A friend at the club took me under her wing and taught me the ropes about dancing.
“I took to it like a fish in water and quickly became one of the most popular dancers. That blew my mind. I never saw myself as what I thought was required to be the look to succeed as a dancer — a statuesque blond with big boobs and long legs.”
Kimmy said she discovered porn through her dad’s secret stash of movies. “While dancing, I was introduced to the possibility of appearing in them. I went home, did some research and went to Miami for my first shoot,” she said.
Since then, Kimmy has crisscrossed the country shooting nonstop for every major company. “The industry gets such a bad rap,” she said. “I’ve met so many good, talented people, and the freedom, in terms to being able to express yourself, travel, be introduced to different cultures and explore different sides of my personality, is incredible.”
“This AEE show will be my first major convention, and the experience promises to be unforgettable. It also might be a bit intimidating. When I was growing up, I was never the popular girl. Boys never paid much attention to me. As a result, I was very insecure about my looks. Being in this industry has really helped out with that. I have fans, I will be doing interviews, how crazy is that?”
Kimmy will appear daily at the Society 15 booth through Saturday. You can follow her on Twitter @KimmyGrangerXXX or check out her website KimmyGrangerXXX.com. “I can’t wait to meet all the people I’ve met through social media — that will be a highlight for me.”
Blonde bombshell Daisy, 23, is another newcomer: In just five months, she’s filmed seven movies, two here in Las Vegas. “Coming from cold Minnesota, you can imagine how much more I love living in much warmer Las Vegas,” she laughed.
She landed a job here as project coordinator on a building site. “I was one of 300 hard-hats walking around, so there were plenty of wolf whistles, but it got me thinking of becoming a club dancer,” she said.
“ I knew my perfect figure of 32DD-23-32 would be fine, but I worried about being just 5 feet tall. Then everybody told me I was the perfect height and weight — 98 pounds — for films. Since I’ve always been sexually curious and had no hang-ups about being the favored girl in school, I said I’d go for it.
“I always said yes anyway! I want to save all the money and buy a chain of strip clubs eventually for when I retire. I have a very serious business mind, so I’m taking all the right steps to make a real lasting business out of it.”
“My mom is my best friend, so my family has been supportive. But of course I don’t tell them everything. This is my first adult convention, so it’s easy for me to get my face out there and meet the right talent agents and directors, as I’m in the neighborhood.”
Daisy, who has her own website TheDaisyMonroe.com, will be signing daily at AEE in Shy Love , the VIP Connect booth. “It’s very exciting. I got new, dangerous outfits to show off all the right curves while I’m in the booth, and on the red carpet I aim to really please and outshine everybody. I have a lot of skin to show off.”
Fans can attend sex seminars at Vinyl with performers including Alexis Texas, Chelsea Poe, Venus Lux, Kelly Shibari, Daisy Ducati and, as we reported Tuesday, fan favorite Jessica Drake, who has her “Guide to Wicked Sex” tales and who will give a daily lecture and host an uncensored Q+A. Jessica also will be the show’s ambassador and will be roving the exhibit floor Thursday for her daily live TV coverage of the shenanigans.
There are shows on the exhibit floor ranging from spankings to Nikki Phoenix on aerial straps and nightly dance routines by the topless temptresses from “X Burlesque” at Flamingo and “X Rocks” at the Rio. Each evening, there also is a Kinky Kabaret on the main stage of the Joint as exhibitors pack up to ready for nighttime fun and frolic.
For the third consecutive year, Vivid Radio will broadcast live with 11 hours of coverage with hosts Aiden Starr, Ash Hollywood, Nicky Hunter, Tanya Tate, Julia Ann, Monique Alexander, Ana Foxx and Kaylani Lei.
The party scene is priceless starting with the AVN Show Block Party in the HRH Tower tonight from 11 to 3 a.m. Thursday. Chateau at Paris throws its own AVN party with three top porn stars.
On Thursday, the Saint and Sinners Party is at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel at 11 p.m., and the Big AVN Show Party is at Foxtail in SLS Las Vegas with Tasha Reign, Nikki Phoenix and Mercedes Carrera as hostesses. The jaw-dropping trio promise the world’s largest adult extravaganza.
On Friday, Body English hosts the six-hour Swingtopia bash from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., while the Latata Porn Star White Party is at Vanity. The Lair fetish party is at Vinyl starting at 11 p.m. Over at Mandalay Bay’s Foundation Room, Alexis Texas hosts her AVN Show Party. Film production companies have their own private suite parties, which require passes to enter through security.
Saturday is the big red carpet AVN Awards with Joanna Angel, Anikka Albrite and Kate Quigley. Joanna is nominated as Mainstream Star of the Year, and Anikka will battle Jessica for Best Supporting Actress. Expect paparazzi to go into a frenzy when Paige Jennings, the former Wall Street banking analyst who became XXX actress Veronica Vain, arrives from her topless dancing at Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club. Reality-TV star Farrah Abraham also is expected to attend promoting her sex tapes and toys.
This is the Oscars of Porn, the ultimate parade of pulchritude, the see-through, bust-bursting, low-cut dresses slit as high up the leg as Metro Police will permit, so brief some will call it lingerie.
When the stars have won their Best Actress, Best Sex Scene, Best Trio, Best Gonzo, Best Parody, Best All Girl and Best New Starlet awards, partying begins. The AVN Awards After Party is at Vanity, while 1 OAK at the Mirage also hosts an after-party.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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