Brains and Beauty: The Top 10 Smartest Pornstars

You know all of those beautiful and handsome porn stars that you spend all day fawning over/jerking off to/wishing you could marry? They aren’t just objects for you to sexualize, you know, they’re actual real breathing people!

Porn stars all have one thing in common – they’re really good at having sex on camera. There are many porn stars with other interesting talents and attributes, however. Today, we’re going to take a look at the smartest pornstars in the business.

Intelligence is something that’s pretty impossible to accurately measure. However, we can assume that with their fancy college educations, successful entrepreneurial skills and other talents, these performers got a pretty sex brain to go along with their sexy bodies. So here we are, the top 10 smartest pornstars:

10. Shy Love

Shy Love graduated high school at age 16 and has two Masters degrees, one in Accounting and one in Taxation. Though her areas of study are extremely boring, Shy Love isn’t. On top of being an accomplished adult actress, she is also a director, producer, and has started up her own adult talent agency, Adult Talent Managers (original name!)

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9. Tori Black

Though Tori Black didn’t finish her degree in journalism, she has done an amazing job of marketing herself and is one of the most recognizable and well-spoken performers currently plying her trade in the adult industry.

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8. Nina Hartley

Nina Hartley graduated from San Francisco State with a nursing degree and is a registered nurse. On top of that, she’s been one of the most outspoken (and well-spoken) porn stars since the 1990s, constantly defending the adult industry and the men and woman who devote themselves to it. She even appeared on Oprah to defend the adult industry!

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7. Lorelei Lee

Lorelei Lee has combined an adult and academic career for many years, having graduated from San Francisco University and then almost immediately starting at NYU’s creative writing graduate program. As a creative writing major myself, I gotsta give Lorelei Lee some props.

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6. Sasha Grey

Though she doesn’t have the same sort of college education that many of the performers on the list have, Sasha earns her stripes for being so damn excellent at marketing herself. She’s got one of the most recognizable personal brands in the world, and is a renaissance woman of sorts, being in bands, being a DJ, acting in more mainstream roles, and constantly discussing lofty intellectual concepts in her interviews.

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5. Asia Carrera

Asia Carrera started off by being a piano prodigy, playing several times at Carnegie Hall. She taught English in Japan as a teenager, and double-majored at Rutgers University in Business and Japanese on a full scholarship. She was one of the first porn stars to market herself heavily on the internet, and as a result, is one of the most famous adult actress of all time.

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4. Tasha Reign

Tasha Reign is currently a women’s studies major at UCLA and aspires to continue on to a master’s degree. The combination of her college degree, and her excellent job of marketing herself, gaining mainstream exposure, and regularly contributing articles and editorials to a variety of different online and print publications make Tasha Reign one of the smartest actresses on this list.

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3. Belle Knox

Belle Knox, the academic adult actress du jour. Belle Knox is currently enrolled at Duke University, and is the latest actress to come under fire for mixing an adult career with study. She has taken the opportunity to forge a crazy mainstream media buzz, expound intellectual philosophies about gender and sexuality, and aspires to become a lawyer.

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2. Joanna Angel

Joanna Angel has college degrees in English literature and in film studies – additionally, she’s an accomplished adult director, writer, and journalist. She’s even written for the New York Times!

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1. Ron Jeremy

One of the most well-known male porn stars in the history of adult film, Ron Jeremy is also an accomplished academic. He has a degree in education and theatre, a master’s degree in special education and actually taught special education in New York City for several years before breaking into the adult industry. He is also one of the most outspoken supporters of the adult business and defends it regularly.

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So there are your top 10 smartest pornstars. Hopefully we can get rid of the stigma that pornstars can’t also be talented, intellectual people!