Among that rare set of starlets you'll find Brianna Banks, the daughter of a German father and an American mother. She was originally born in Germany before her family moved to Britain while she was a student and then to Simi Valley outside of Los Angeles while she was growing up.
Few pornstars have the unbelievable beauty and naught on screen demeanor of Ms. Banks but her road to porn stardom was very bumpy before it became legendary. Brianna has been estranged from her most of her family since her teens. In fact, she fought a lengthy court battle to become emancipated from her father and eventually won a custody battle to become the legal guardian over her sister.
It was not an easy road and growing up left deep emotional scars on Brianna which she has worked to overcome throughout her life. Fortunately for porn fans, her physical beauty has always remained intact. During her teen years Brianna Banks did some mainstream modeling for local ads to help pay her own bills and was once featured on the cover of Teen magazine a mainstream magazine marketed to teen girls with beauty tips and advice.
However, she quickly found out that she just couldn't ever manage to make enough money to support herself and her sister. At various points in her life Brianna Banks tried her hand at all kinds of odd jobs. Can you imagine having Brianna Banks show up at your door delivering a pizza? That was one of her short lived professions! She also was a store clerk a secretary and did just about everything else she could to keep the rent paid.
All the while she tried to maintain the strict moral standards she was taught to achieve but when life didn't cooperate with the way she was living, Brianna new something big needed to change.
In , at age 20 Brianna Banks saw an ad in the local newspaper asking for models to attend an open casting call for nude modeling pictorials in adult magazines. Brianna definitely had her doubts about whether or not it was the right decision but the combination of easy money she needed and softcore solo picture sets made it much easier for her to accept. She attended the casting call, got chosen immediately and was soon performing in sexy softcore photo shoots for a few different magazines.
The magazine photographer got so much positive feedback from fans and editors that he decided to sign Brianna to her first porn contract film ever. The movie was titled University Coeds 18 and produced for legendary Dane Entertainment.
The transition from softcore pictorials to hardcore films was hard for Brianna but it was made easier by the fact that she was working with professional male stud Brandon Iron who is known for an easy-going attitude and easy to work with sexual style.
In the film she used the stage name 'Mirage' and that carried over to the next few films she made. She wasn't in a sorority and was living in a dorm at the time, living the normal life of a college student. Her first kiss happened on dare and she said she almost puked because she was so nervous to be kissed in front of her class mates. That gives you a good idea just how shy a girl Brianna is by nature and how big a deal it was for her to put aside those inhibitions to perform in sex films.
These days Brianna Banks is a 5' 9 statuesque goddess with a 34DD figure and a very experienced sexual past, but back in the days when she was known as Mirage her natural tits were a perky 32B and that aggressive attitude toward sex was just a quiet voice and a nervous laugh. Being able to see the evolution of her sexual style from the earliest days in University Coeds 18 all the way to today is a large part of why so many porn fans consider Brianna to be their all time favorite porn model.
According to the interview for University Coeds 18 Brianna is reenacting a true account of an earlier real life sexual escapade with her own step brother. As she explains, she got up in the middle of the night and heard moaning from his room.
When she walked in she found him masturbating and they soon wound up having hardcore sex with each other including a big facial cumshot as he reached orgasm.
The part of her step brother is played by Brandon Iron in the film. From there Brianna went on to star in a few other teen themed porn movies and then her career took a wild turn as she became a Max Hardcore costar playing parts that depicted her as a runaway who was being sexually pushed to her limits by an older man.
In these extreme sex videos Brianna was also getting fucked under the false name Mirage and according to other interviews published online the extreme action in those films took an emotional toll on her as well, resulting in intermittent crying during some of the most intense moments.
Brianna took almost a full year off before returning to adult films and when she came back in late she decided to change her screen name to the one she will now always be known for having. She also had her a big set of 34DD tits added to her xxx arsenal as well. Her first film porn film using the name Brianna Banks was Decadent Whores 9. The name was actually suggested to her by her friend and fellow pornstar Lita Chase who told her that if she was ever going to succeed in adult films she needed a two word name that would be memorable for porn fans.
Whether it was the new name, high end studio work, bigger tits or some other factor that made the difference is hard to say, but whatever it was - it worked! Very quickly after the name change Briana Banks became a household name among porn fans and critics started mentioning her as the possible Best Newcummer of the year in adult entertainment.
Brianna Banks distanced herself from her earlier works as Mirage and quickly shifted her scene choices from the extreme hardcore work she had been doing to the more mainstream and somewhat softer sex scenes she is now known for perfecting. In Brianna earned a spot as the Penthouse Magazine pet of the month for June and she signed on as a contract star for glamour porn giant Vivid Entertainment later in the same year.
While most porn amateurs start off doing very little and work their way down to the dirty bottom of the adult film world, Brianna Banks had managed to do the exact opposite, showing off her endurance in some of the nastiest films ever released before scaling back on the perversion to become a porn princess of playmate caliber later in her legendary career. Now a noted author of adult self-help sex guides, one of the first models to have her vagina molded in latex as a custom sex toy design and a frequent consultant to several adult film companies, Briana Banks has done all there is to do in the world of adult entertainment.