Meet The Plus-Size Porn Star Who's Fighting Back

PHOTO: COURTESY OF @kellyshibari.
How does one sum up Kelly Shibari? Yes, she performs in hardcore porn. Yes, she is plus-size in an industry notorious for its fixation on bottle blondes of Barbie proportions. But, the tag “plus-size porn star” hardly does Shibari justice. Born and raised in Japan, Kelly got her start in the entertainment industry as a Hollywood art director and production designer. In 2007 she was invited to perform in an adult film — and she's never looked back.
Seven years after her porn debut, Shibari's influence spills far beyond her viewers' fantasies. She runs her own social-media marketing company, ThePRSMGroup, which advises adult-entertainment clients on how to build their brands. She also holds executive positions at two other brand-management companies, FineAssMarketing and STEME360. And, she engages closely with her fans (and goes head-to-head with critics) on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Kelly's latest role is that of sex educator; she's working with fellow porn performer jessica drake to create jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex: Plus Size, out later this month. In the DVD, Kelly leads viewers through an intimate (and graphic) exploration of what plus-size men and women look for in relationships — a first-of-its-kind, how-to guide. Basically, this woman can work a room.
We spoke with Kelly about the film as well as her takes on body confidence, feminist porn, on-screen gangbangs, and the sex scene she absolutely refuses to do.

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