The Average Porn Star

Feb 23 2013 @ 8:39pm

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Jon Millward combed the archives of the Internet Adult Film Database – essentially the Wikipedia of porn – to “find out once and for all which stereotypes about porn stars are true, which are bogus, and what these men and women have been doing for the last forty years.” Among his findings:

[T]he most common bra size for a female porn star is a surprisingly handleable 34B. Not double-D, not even a D. Double-D actually came in 4th, behind B, C and D. The most common set of measurements for the women was 34–24-34. So, if the average female porn star is a 5’5″ woman who weighs 117lbs and has B-cup breasts, what colour is her hair? Blonde, presumably, if my friends’ guesses were anything to go by. Apparently not. Dark-haired porn stars outnumber blonde ones almost 2-to-1.

Amanda Hess throws a little cold water, noting that Millward’s data set is incomplete. But he is the first to admit the study’s limitations:

In order to weed out pages too skimpy to provide any helpful data, Millward kept his analysis to “records for performers whose year of birth was known,” he told me. That means the sample is skewed toward higher-profile performers with available biographical data. That’s why he cautions readers to view the study as one of “porn stars” as opposed to “performers.” And straight, cisgender performers at that: Millward declined to run stats on some stars—gay men and trans performers—to accommodate “the average attention span of a blog reader.” … He hopes to expand his study sample in the future. “I’m sensing a sequel: ‘Going Deeper!’”