If you read the Sex.com Blog regularly, and I have absolutely no idea why you wouldn’t already be checking it multiple times a day, then you’re already to up to speed on the Twistys Treat of the Year Scandal.
If this is the first time you’ve heard any mention of the Twistys Treat of the Year Scandal, here’s the rundown. Nicole Aniston won Treat of the Year and Vanessa Veracruz was the runner-up. However, for reasons that are still unknown, Twisty’s management decided that Madison Ivy would make a better runner-up than Vanessa Veracruz. So they stripped Vanessa of her title and started censoring their models and members on their forums. Doesn’t that suck?
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to speak to Vanessa Veracruz about the runner-up controversy, her reaction to the news, future projects, and a lot more. Afterwards I found myself thinking, “Man. Vanessa Veracruz is the coolest chick of all time.” And I think after you check out this interview, you’ll feel the same way too.
Enough hype! Let’s talk to Vanessa Veracruz! And to see more of Vanessa Veracruz, visit her website: ClubVanessaVeracruz.com.
Chico Dusty: Hi Vanessa! Before we start talking about Twistys, I was hoping that you could tell us where you’re from. Every Vanessa Veracruz bio on the internet doesn’t list a place of birth.
Vanessa Veracruz: I’m a Valley Girl. I was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley.
Oh cool! The heart of the adult industry. Is that why you got in to the adult industry?
You know what? I really didn’t know that everything was filmed in the Valley. I was really sheltered until I was about 21. It wasn’t until I was 22 when I got into the adult industry that I realized it was all happening in my backyard. Prior to that, I wasn’t aware at all.
So it’s true that you only got into the adult industry as an excuse to hook up with hot girls?
At the time I just realized that I was attracted to other women and I mostly just did it for fun. When I went in for my first shoot, I really didn’t think I could make a career out of this. I never expected anything from it other than fun.
When it comes to performers, I feel like casual porn watchers don’t realize that there’s a difference between G/G and solo performer like yourself and a pornstar that will do a little bit of everything. Like, “Once you’ve posed nude or filmed a lesbian sex scene, what’s the difference of shooting a scene with a man?” How did you come to the decision to only do G/G and solo stuff and no B/G?
Well, I do go to school full time. I had to question myself and be honest with myself. I had to think about the consequences of shooting B/G. How would that affect my life in the longterm? I just knew that being a B/G performer would affect me in other aspects of my life and it’s not worth it.
Why do you think a history of shooting hardcore has more longterm negatives versus shooting softer content?
I think a lot of people see G/G performers as more forgiving? People don’t see G/G and solo as exploitative as hardcore.
Hahaha! I’m not going to lie, I’m very nervous. When I found out that I’d be with a man, I really had to think about whether or not it was something I wanted to do. But I sat down with a friend who reassured me that it’s a mainstream gig. You know?
She told me to approach it more like a normal acting job. I’m definitely a little bit shy but I’m really excited about doing it!
The upcoming music video is the only time we’ll see you making out with a man, but I was wondering about when you found out that your runner-up title had been taken away and given to a hardcore performer…
Was there ever a moment where you said to yourself, “Dang. If this is how things are, I’m going to have to start shooting with guys to keep my job”?
The sad thing about this question is that a lot of companies are really only interested in shooting with girls who do B/G and hardcore. And it’s been like that way before the Treat of the Year.
It was very, very disappointing when Twisty’s chose to make Madison Ivy runner-up because Twisty’s was one of the few companies where it didn’t matter that I don’t shoot B/G. It’s been a G/G, solo, glamor site for years. So when I found out, my reaction was more like, “Are you kidding me? Like really? You can’t give me that excuse.” But I guess that’s the direction they’re going in.
Why do you think they’ve made this change in direction?
I really don’t know. The only thing I can do is speculate. Maybe they’re hurting financially and they think turning it into a B/G site will help them make a profit in the long-run? That’s my best guess for why they’re making the transition.
Could you walk us through how you found out you’d won runner-up and how you find out you’d lost it?
I found out that I won runner-up when I was talking with Rob, who used to be the production manager for Twisty’s.
He used to be @TwistysRob on Twitter, right?
Yeah! Obviously he’s not @TwistysRob anymore. I think his new Twitter name is @Robknowsxxx?
Actually, this is an interesting story. Prior to Rob leaving Twisty’s, the MindGeek higher-ups wanted him to change his name on Twitter. They didn’t like that he had Twistys in his username. They didn’t want people on Twitter to associate him with Twisty’s anymore.
That’s very strange.
Right? Anyways, Rob told me that I had come in second place. I already had a good feeling that I was the runner-up because he had posted on the Twisty’s Forums that the winner and another MODEL were going to Costa Rica.
So when he told me that I had won second place, he also told me that I wouldn’t be going to Costa Rica. That was disappointing…really disappointing. I put a lot of time and effort campaigning for votes.
You worked your butt off from what I can tell.
Yeah I did! Because I wanted it. Because I wanted it bad. I believed in what I was doing. I really wanted it because when I came into the industry, I really don’t know much. So I did my homework and found out which companies I wanted to shoot for. Twistys was definitely high on my list.
When I shot for them and got Treat of the Month, it was a big deal. It was an honor. I always really liked the way they represented the girls. It was a great company to shoot with.
So when all of this happened, I was really shocked and disappointed because I worked so hard promoting their contest. And for them not to even acknowledge my effort. They won’t even take the time to say, “Thank you. We appreciate everything you’ve done for us, but we’re going to go with someone else.” Is it really so hard for them to say thank you for all the publicity and promoting I did?
Twistys has made no attempt whatsoever to communicate with me. I had a video that came out last weekend on Twistys. So long after the whole scandal broke. There were three pages full of comments from members wanting an explanation and members being pissed off by what’s going on. And what do they do? They deleted all the comments.
One of the upper-management people at Twistys spoke with some friends of mine, one of them a photographer and the other a model, and really pretended he had absolutely no clue what was going on. He said that they don’t know the full story. He suggested to them that if I had any questions that I am more than free to contact them. And that really pissed me off because like…they know what’s going on. I know they know what’s going on. I have friends who work in the offices that know what’s going on. So for them to pretend like nothing happened…I’m sorry but it shouldn’t be me reaching out to them. They should be calling me. It’s just really shitty.
Rob made sure that everyone knew I won runner-up by publicly announcing it in the Forums for all the members. He was looking out for me because he didn’t want them to pass Madison Ivy off as the runner-up, but that’s exactly what they did. When members started vocalizing that they weren’t happy with that choice, what did MindGeek do? They shut down the forums and they started censoring all the comments from unhappy members. I just think that’s ridiculous. How are they going to do that to members that have been life time customers of the site? It’s just not right.
Aside from your own drive to win, are there any other incentives for girls to win Treat of the Year that we may not know about?
More than anything else, it’s the title. What it was to me was being able to represent the company. They were also going to have me shoot interviews with all upcoming Treats of the Month. But mostly it was the title.
Were you the one that initiated the boycott?
Yes. I started the whole #BoycottTwistys. The funny thing about it is that we were actually trending on Twitter. Support just poured in from the beginning.
One thing I find that sets you apart from other people in the industry is that you’re a master of social media. How important is it for performers to interact with fans online? Because I think it’s a real credit to you and your fans that you guys were able to get #BoycottTwistys trending.
I think it’s very important. I wouldn’t say that I’m a master of it, but fans appreciate it. Fans appreciate it you taking the time to answer questions or interact with them. You start doing it and they love you for it! I have a lot of loyal fans that have stuck by me through this whole thing and have been so supportive. I really appreciate them and it’s what you need.
Without my fans, I’m not sure what would have received this much attention or gained this much momentum. Now we have models like Angela Sommers publicly announcing that she canceled her two Twistys shoots and that she refuses to work with them ever again because of what they’ve done.
As far as I can tell, Phase 1 of the boycott is spread the word on how Twistys treats its members and models, which has been going great. What is Phase 2? Elle mentioned that you have some “tricks up your sleeves”. Could you tell us what you’ve got planned?
We have some interesting things coming up. Hopefully by the end of this week, we’ll have some press releases with some exciting news coming out.
I also have a little movie I’m filming tomorrow with a new company called NookieChat. They’ve been so great and supportive. Big props to them for letting us do the movie and helping us put it out there. I wrote the script myself and it will star me and Elle Alexandra.
Brandy Aniston is going to play a corrupted VP of an agency and Barrett Blade is filming it. It’s a little parody based on true events.
That’s awesome! I can’t wait to see it. As a nursing student that works in the adult industry, I was just wondering what your thoughts are on Belle Knox.
I feel embarrassed to say this but I don’t know who Belle Knox is. I’m not familiar with her story. Can you tell me a little bit about it?
Basically, a Frat-boy found out that a freshman at Duke University was moonlighting as a pornstar. That rumor spread around Duke campus and she caught a lot of backlash for doing porn while attending school. Lots of nasty cyberbullying and slutshaming, real bad stuff.
Oh that’s awful.
But she came forward and said, “I do porn to pay for my $60,000 tuition and it don’t care what you think because shooting porn empowers me.” She’s since been on The View and Piers Morgan. But now there’s a bit of a backlash from the porn industry because she’s a relatively new star who has become the face of the adult industry.
Good for her! In my opinion, even though I only know what you’ve just told me, I don’t see anything wrong with standing up for yourself. This industry can use more girls like that who are willing to take a stand like that. I’ve said this so many times but the way I look at my career is that I don’t let this industry use me. I use this is a stepping stone to get me where I want to be. If that means doing adult scenes so that I can go to school and focus on school then what’s so wrong with that? So good for her.
Have you ever trouble with people recognizing you from your photosets and videos in nursing school?
The only trouble it’s ever brought me is in relationships, but that’s not something the internet needs to know about. In nursing school, I can’t say that there’s ever been a problem just because I don’t think I’m popular enough to be recognized. At least, I don’t see myself as popular enough to get recognized.
Recently, you were asked for a sex tip and all you said was that guys need to watch more lesbian videos so they can learn how to eat a pussy from the girls on screen. Do you have any patented Veracruz-pussy-eating-moves that you could share with us?
Let me see…
I would say that a lot of guys tend to focus on just the clit. And it’s a sensitive spot! Sometimes it’s so sensitive that giving the clit lot of attention doesn’t even feel good. So my advice would be not to focus just on the clit. Focus on the other areas too. Also, use two fingers when you’re going down on a girl. Just move them up to stimulate her spot.
That’s not a signature Veracruz move but it works.
In your opinion, who eats pussy the best? Who should the guys and girls of the world reading this be copying?
Oh my God…I really need to think about this. There was one girl that was really good…
I have to say Abigaile Mac. She’s really good at eating pussy. If you’re not going to copy me, you should copy Abigaile Mac. But I’m number 1! Copy me first!
OK. Anything final words?
Thank you to all my fans for your support!
No, thank you Vanessa for being so awesome.Please make sure you do the follow:
Follow Vanessa on Twitter: @MsVeracruzXXX
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Now watch and learn from Vanessa Veracruz and Abigail Mac!