The Accidental Voyeur: You’re So (Veronica) Vain

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Why do women get into porn? It’s an age-old topic that begs questions much too big to answer, yet I discussed that recently with my colleague Mark Kernes, senior editor at AVN, whom I’ve known now for 15 years. “I do know there are various reasons women get into porn,” he told me. “Besides the exhibitionist streak, some get in to explore their sexuality, some get in for the thrill — which wears off reasonably quickly — and some get in at the behest of boyfriends who want to be porn stars and realize that having a female partner that may only work with them, for a time at least, is a good ticket in.”

But what if you don’t have that extra partner to be your good ticket in and all you have is your own lithe and lovely young self? Everyone has their particular reasons for following their own bliss (assuming they know what their bliss is) and I recalled that conversation last week when I was confronted with the recent flood of news from Evil Angel in the name of their newest star, Veronica Vain.

The timing was perfect since Hillary Clinton had just announced her decision to run for President, so they chose to release a movie about – what else but — an intern, although this one wasn’t in the White House but on Wall Street. The film is called Screwing Wall Street, subtitled “The Arrangement Finders IPO: A Parody,” clearly the first in a series (the next one is tentatively called “The Arrangement Finders Play”) and we see corporate ingénue Veronica Vain in all six scenes, literally fucking her way to the top (with penile and vaginal help respectfully from Manuel Ferrara and Kayden Kross, who co-starred and co-directed it), a bravura display that belies the fact that it’s actually her very first porn movie.

So behold then the gorgeous Paige Jennings, a real-life intern who gave up her job at Lazard Asset Management to turn porn star, now calling herself Veronica Vain — one unique case whereby a girl willingly discloses her real name to the media, since art most definitely imitates life here and the ensuing media frenzy would’ve been much less intense had her real name not been divulged. That itself was interesting to me, given how most porn stars never reveal their real names in order to guard their private lives.

Her particular career change was not new to me, however, since I’d co-authored a book with Monica Mayhem (Absolute Mayhem, published in 2009, so search online if you’d like to know my real name), in which we revealed Monica’s own transition from finance executive (dealing in futures broking and clearing) to stripper and eventually porn star. I’ve also known porn stars who came from corporate backgrounds (Lauren Montgomery comes to mind) so it’s not all that new, but I’m always fascinated by those who morph their lives in ways that bespeak their psychic needs involving self-identity and personal motivation.

Paige/Veronica has, of course, a terrific backstory to match – a New Yorker and Fordham University graduate who felt her true calling while at work at Lazard Asset Management in Manhattan. Bored with her job, she would spend time shooting her own nude selfies in the office bathroom, posting them with hashtags like #naughtyofficeselfie and #AssWednesday – and she later peppered her Twitter feed with some pretty catchy gibes, resulting in 1, 240 tweets and 85,000 followers at this time of writing. My favorites are “I left a job on Wall Street for a porn career because I can’t stop masturbating at work and would rather get cum all over my face. Is that cool with you?” and “I left finance because if I’m going to take it up the ass for a decade, I’d prefer to get into a hall of fame for it.”

Naturally, she also exposes various body parts with the reminder that she did, after all, previously work in “asset management.” Seriously, I love that kind of cheeky humor (especially so when her own cheeks are in view along with her fully shaved snatch – she writes that she fervently dislikes pubic hair), since it underscores how no career transition can ever be more extreme than her own. When you choose to become a porn star, you’re flipping the bird at convention, flaunting a devil-may-care dare for all the world to see, so why not go all the way?

In her case, there’s also no selling point quite like the sexual frisson of the paradox in which buttoned-down office decorum gets the old heave-ho. I know that one, because in a previous life I was an advertising copywriter and once entered into a secret liaison with an account executive at the same agency. Gwen initiated our affair by asking me out for drinks after work, and we gradually made a practice of meeting in dark places to fondle and grope. She also made a habit of calling me to her cubicle (“Come over to my desk, I’m not wearing a bra today”), where we would pretend to discuss some ad campaign while our hands wandered. We even once masturbated one another during a movie with other people sitting around us (apparently nobody noticed and, funnily, I still remember the movie was Who Framed Roger Rabbit, so I know that happened in 1989). We were young, we were crazy, and she could have been Paige Jennings turned Veronica Vain, I’m sure, had porn valley beckoned.

It’s easy, then, to see why I found Veronica Vain so intriguing. I’m certain she has her own deep seated reasons for choosing the path of the mattress actress, likely rooted in what a therapist friend of mine calls “using exhibitionism to reclaim her sexuality,” which for me is the most compelling reason that lures young women into porn. If so, in my view, she can keep on reclaiming. From watching the opening scene of Screwing Wall Street (Veronica with Manuel Ferrara, freshly fucked in her first-ever shoot in porn), I can attest that at age 23, she has an inchoate, incipient quality that nevertheless oozes prodigious potential – still a spring chicken now making her debut in April 2015 but no less my newbie starlet of choice in this new year.

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Drew McKenzie was previously the "Cinema Blue" columnist for Penthouse Variations and also wrote for AVN Online, Fox (from Montcalm Publishing, New York) and Guld Rapport (from Stockholm, Sweden). He is also the author of seven books -- three on porn stars, all done under his real name.