Institute: What made you take the career path of a Adult film star? Stoya: Initially performing in pornographic video sounded like fun. It ended up working out quite well and turning into a career.
Institute: What has been the most negative experience you have faced since being in the adult film industry? Stoya: Questions like this one. The subtle insinuation that negative experiences are what an interviewer is most interested in. It’s a slow boil of negativity which perpetuates sensationalist stereotypes about the adult film industry.
Institute: What is the most common question you are asked in interviews? Stoya: “What’s next?” is probably the most common. I’m always trying to dodge it for fear of jinxing whatever project I’m currently working on.
Institute: Who is your favorite person to work with? Stoya: Katsuni is one of my all time favorites to perform with, and Jessica Lustig is my favorite editor.
Institute: What do you think is the most positive thing about the adult film industry? Stoya: For performers it can provide safer access to sexual experiences which would be very difficult to coordinate or highly unsafe to experience elsewhere. For the general viewing public, I believe the demand clearly illustrates that adult films fill a need for a certain kind of entertainment. Beyond the groups directly affected by pornography, it seems like the mere existence of adult films has driven a large discourse on sex and sexuality which, by causing discussion, strikes me as beneficial for our culture’s general relationship with sex.
Institute: What is it about LA that you dislike so much? Stoya: LA is dry, constantly sunny, and the sprawl combined with the traffic means getting just about anywhere takes about an hour. I’m not a fan of any of these characteristics.
Institute: What do you think of the plastic look? Stoya: Some people, Amanda Lepore for instance, take it to such a degree that it becomes interesting to me but mostly it isn’t really my thing.
Institute: What other projects are you currently working on? Stoya: Can’t tell you. Don’t want to jinx anything.
Institute: What else can we expect from you this year? Stoya: Can’t tell you. Don’t want to jinx anything.
Institute: Who influenced you in your early years? Who is your biggest influence now? Stoya: Rei Kawakubo and Vivienne Westwood’s work probably had a major influence on me. Their women always looked like the sort of woman I’d want to grow up to be. Now it’s mostly my current social group.
Institute: What has been a stand-out out moment in your career so far? Stoya: Having an op-ed published in the New York Times. I’m actually not sure anything could ever top that.
Institute: How would you describe your style? Stoya: A little bit of “are we really sure this counts as clothing” with a dash of “this might be on backwards” and lots of black.
Institute: Who is your favorite fashion designer? Stoya: I’m torn between Westwood and Kawakubo.
Institute: Could you single out a person who has had a profound impact on you in the last 5 years? Stoya: Molly Crabapple for sure. She’s been incredibly inspiring.
Institute: Where do you see yourself in the next five years? Stoya: Somewhere with very thick, floor to ceiling curtains.
Institute: Favorite city
Institute: Favorite hotel
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Stoya: Beauty & Essex
Institute: Signature scent
Stoya: Old smoke
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Stoya: Where the cats are
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Stoya: 7am call times
Institute: Latest purchase
Stoya: A whole stack of books from Strand in NYC
Institute: Currently listening to
Stoya: Ambient construction noise
Institute: You can never have too many
Stoya: Tubes of moisturizing lip gloss
Institute: Beauty Essential
Stoya: eye cream
Institute: Beauty tip
Stoya: Back away from the mirror
Institute: Favorite website
Institute: Where do you think trends are created
Stoya: Wherever it is that the soul of capitalism resides
Institute: Highlight of your career to date
Stoya: Having an oped published in the New York Times
Institute: Top Five Fashion Essentials
Stoya: High heels that one can run up stairs/jump puddles in. Comfortable undergarments.
This sheer floaty black dress from Comme des Garcon’s a couple of years ago. Black leggings. More black leggings.