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JANUARY 2, 2014 – ATLANTA, GA – Acclaimed sexual wellness authority and Wicked Pictures contract star jessica drake’s photo essay on CNN.com was declared “most popular photo blog of 2013” by the prominent news outlet. The profile, created by photographer Chris McPherson and journalist Abbey Goodman, follows the adult performer, filmmaker, and modern sex educator over three days in Los Angeles.
On December 31, 2013, CNN tweeted
, “And our most popular photo blog from 2013: A day with porn star @thejessicadrake, by @almostrad: http://cnn.it/1gjVLqz
In the photo blog, drake discusses LA County’s controversial Measure B (also known as the County of Los Angeles Safer Sex In the Adult Film Industry Act), the adult industry, and her performance, educational, and volunteer work; the feature also takes a peek into her private life.
“I was so surprised and excited to learn my CNN photo blog ranked number one for 2013,” says drake. “Topping a list that includes many important societal concerns and well known celebrities further proves just how interested the general public is in sexuality and the adult film industry. Many people harbor preconceived ideas about what being an adult performer means, and that is exactly why it was important for me to do this project. I am honored to have given so many people a candid look at my life, both on and off set, and I thank Chris and Abbey for their hard work on this piece, as well as Wicked Pictures for granting the on-set coverage.”
To see the complete photo essay on CNN.com, click here
drake makes a point of stressing condoms are not foolproof, and strongly disagrees with the Measure B legislation. “As a woman, I don’t like someone telling me what to do with my body, and as a performer, I feel very much the same way,” drake says in the interview.
Since 2004, drake has been a contract performer for Wicked Pictures, the only major adult entertainment studio to produce condoms-only content since 1999. Yet while Wicked Pictures’ in-house policy requires condom use, the company joined most of the adult industry in opposing Measure B.
Before the election, drake appeared in a “No-on-Measure-B” ad, available on the news-and-information website The Huffington Post (To view it, click here
). As an advocate for safe sex practices and education, drake spearheads Wicked Pictures’ involvement in Adult Production Health & Safety Services, a program designed by the Free Speech Coalition to provide producers and performers with a reliable protocol and database for STI testing.
The CNN story also profiles drake’s childhood and upbringing, her life in front and behind the camera, and her personal philosophy and ethics about life in the adult industry.
“[The] worst thing about [being in the adult industry] really had to be that there’s such a stigma, and there’s such a stereotype…there will always be people that look down…people who will pass judgment,” adds drake in the feature. She sees the industry as an opportunity to live out fantasies in a safe, consensual way and takes her work seriously. “There’s no shame in what I do. My family knows what I do…every day I’ve been in the industry, I’ve tried to represent myself, the industry, and especially Wicked [Pictures], well. [The] day I decided I was going to be in the industry, I decided I was going to do it to the best of my ability.”
A fervent educator on sexual health and wellness, drake is a highly sought-after sexual wellness speaker who lectures at universities, teaches seminars, and runs workshops globally. Through her series of workshops and seminars, and her line of instructional DVDs, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex, drake teaches people to explore their sexuality in a fun, safe, and responsible way. She teaches how to set boundaries, emphasize consent, and still have wonderful sex, while communicating effectively with partners.
The DVD series has received excellent reviews from adult industry authorities including XBIZ, AVN and Fleshbot.com. The production jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Fellatio
received the 2012 AVN award for Best Educational Release
and jessica drake’s Guide Wicked Sex: Anal
received the 2012 XBIZ award for Specialty Release of the Year
. In addition to a recognition for Best Continuing Series
and Best Marketing Campaign
, jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Anal Play for Men
and jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Woman to Woman
are currently nominated for Best Educational Release
for the 2014 AVN Awards
, where she is also nominated for Best Actress
and Mainstream Star of the Year
honors. The line of instructional DVDs is also nominated for Specialty Release of the Year
nominations in the 2014 XBIZ Awards
About jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex:
Three-time AVN Best Actress winner and sexual wellness authority jessica drake brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars in her “Guide to Wicked Sex” series. The stimulating sequences are sensual, provocative and enlivened by an informative optional audio commentary. In each volume of “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” writer, producer, director, and host jessica drake addresses a different aspect of human sexuality, ranging from Fellatio and Anal to Basic Positions and Female Masturbation. jessica explores each topic with the same distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor which led Dee Dennis, the founder of sexuality conference CatalystCon, to praise her as “an amazing sex educator and speaker, who represents a new direction and is breaking new ground” in the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on Fellatio earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release award. For more information, visit www.GuideToWickedSex.com
About jessica drake:
Karma can mean many things to many people, but for jessica drake, it has always meant an abundance of success and concern for others. Her beauty frames a prodigious talent that has helped her earn AVN’s coveted Best Actress award three times. An exclusive Wicked Pictures contract
performer, writer, and director, as well as a global humanitarian and emerging sexual wellness authority, jessica’s brilliant career continues to move forward with ambitious adult productions like Brad Armstrong’s “Underworld” and instructional releases for “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.” In the popular series, jessica brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars. Each volume addresses different aspects of human sexuality explored with a distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which is refreshing for the sexual self-help genre. The series’ volume on ‘Fellatio’ earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release award, while ‘Anal’ was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year. The same demand for her modern sex education DVDs takes jessica around the world, presenting seminars and workshops at expos, retail outlets, and colleges, like the University of California – Santa Barbara and Chapman University, where she speaks to curious adults desiring to learn more about sex, romance, and communication. For more information, visit www.Twitter.com/thejessicadrake