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Duke Porn Star Belle Knox Rakes In Cash – But Can’t Buy Foresight

Duke Porn Star Belle Knox in Casting Couch porn scene

Duke Porn Star Belle Knox might make the same face after she reads this.

The now-infamous Belle Knox, known as the “Duke Porn Star,” is paying for her $47,000 a year tuition by, well, having sex on camera. After blaming the university for not giving her financial support, instead of transferring to a cheaper school, Knox knocked boots.

She’s making a lot more money than most college students, who either rely on mom and dad’s generosity or struggle waiting tables, but she’s also not making the best decisions.

And she’s not that well-spoken, either.

Whether or not you watch, star in or enjoy porn doesn’t matter. But going into the sex industry out of desperation isn’t good. Knox said she just happens to enjoy sex and that not all sex workers, herself included, do it out of desperation. But when speaking to The New York Daily News, Knox revealed that she turned to porn because she “didn’t feel like [she] had a lot of options.” Honey? That’s desperation.

That lack of options may be because she doesn’t understand what simple things like the word “literally” mean: “I literally just Googled, ‘How to be a porn star,’” she told the tab. “It came up with all these modeling agencies, and I literally just sent in my pictures and my height and weight. I was getting calls literally within days, with people saying they really wanted me.”

At just 18, Knox may be suffering from a lack of foresight since her pre-frontal cortex isn’t fully developed yet.

And unfortunately for Knox, the people who may not want her later are the very law firms she’s dying to work in once she graduates. Though Belle Knox is just her “porn name,” it’s very easy to trace contracts, and when she’s listing references, it’s unclear if Lizzy Licksalot or Dick Gethard will be of much help.

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  • becksss

    Wow, well this was one of the most patronising pieces of slut-shaming I have read in a long time. I did not expect The Grindstone to stoop this low.

  • Sofia

    This article is a disappointment. Why was it necessary to tear this woman down? I’m sure there are students that do far worse to pay for school. She made a conscious decision to participate in sex work. Hindsight is 20/20–hopefully the writer of this article will realize their error in judgment.

  • Not a well-written “article”

    Wow this was just… a hateful attack piece of an article. It almost feels like the author has something against Belle personally or that Belle’s story hit a very deep sensitivity or insecurity of the author’s. Is this really reporting? Stuff like this should be reserved for an individual’s personal blog. Not much professionalism here. I’m disappointed in this author.

  • becksss

    I just re-read this and am still as blown away as the first time that this could even get published.

    “And she’s not that well-spoken, either.” This claim is completely unsubstantiated, and not even correct, as you would know if you had read her very eloquent, intelligent piece for xojane.

    Your attack at her use of the word “literally” is baseless as well, as the word means to actually do something, without exaggeration, which…is what she did.

    There is so much wrong with this article – factually and morally – it just astounds me.

  • http://SommelierinSneakers.blogspot.com/ SomminSneakers

    There’s a lot of whorephobia going on here. Gross, guys.

  • MikaelaWechsler

    what any person can buy their own respect towards camera?

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  • Red

    Extremely disappointed with this patronizing, slut-shaming article. I expected more from this blog. She is a sex worker to pay for school. Perhaps the article should be more about women finding ways of paying for their education than shaming one for finding a lucrative and legal way of doing so.

  • Kayla

    This article does make a good point in one sense: how does she expect to get a job working for a law firm after this? While her decision to fund her education (by whatever means…provided that it is legal) was a smart one, her outspokenness on defending the work that she does, and the media coverage surrounding it, is not necessarily going to be in her favor. I’m not, by any means, against what she is doing…I think that it is bold…but her hiring prospects in occupations that look at image and reputation (like being hired at prestigious law firms) are going to be slim. A woman should have the right to perform in the adult entertainment business and not be discriminated against because of this, but that’s the ideal, not reality. I feel as though she definitely took the wrong route in terms of where she wants to be in the future.

    Being in the porn industry is proving to be a lucrative job, which she has found out. Some college age women like sex, and many need more money. So, naturally (I mean, personally I would) porn would seem to be a great idea. But those videos that are being produced may just as well be viewed by the CEO or the partners of the firm that you are trying to work for, and no employer wants to be in that situation. That is why I’m working as a sales associate at a retail store…Not necessarily making a lot of money, but definitely something I wouldn’t be wary of putting on a resume.

  • Ruth Elizabeth Bromstein

    This article is just really bad.