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Zahra Stardust

Zahra Stardust is an Australian porn star famed for her films combining art, sex and politics.

With a diverse, multi-award-winning and international career, Zahra was the 2014 Feminist Porn Awards Heart Throb of the Year, 2014 Adult Industry Awards Best Porn Actress and 2012 Eros Shine Awards Best Adult Star. In 2015 she was on the Jury for the short film competition of the Berlin Porn Film Festival.

 

Zahra has had the pleasure of working with some of the biggest names in Los Angeles, San Francisco and the United Kingdom: genderqueer porn star Jiz Lee, queer porn icon Courtney Trouble, FTMFucker’s James Darling, Dominican porn performer Wolf Hudson, award winning performer and author April Flores, and spanking connoisseur Pandora Blake.

 

She has performed radical sex education workshops (featuring live sex demonstrations) in collaboration with erotic imaginist Gala Vanting, queer artist Sadie Lune and Too Much Pussy! star Wendy Delorme for Amsterdam Pride and the Berlin Porn Film Festival, signed autographs alongside Ron Jeremy and Alexis Texas, and spoken on Celebrity Sex Panel with Michelle Bombshell McGee.

 

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In Australia, she has performed alongside XBIZ award winner and Penthouse Pet Angela White, Australian Porn Star of the Year 2013 Madison Missina, porn nerd and Game of Thrones star Aeryn Walker, sex documentarian Liandra Dahl and Aussie porn star Miley White.

 

After her first porn scene for girl-on-girl amateur site Abby Winters in 2009, Zahra worked with Australian porn producers such as slow porn pioneers Sensate Films, feminist pornographer Ms Naughty, erotic film company Poison Apple Productions, independent smut maker Light Southern, naked barber Dick Savvy, sex positive producer Permission 4 Pleasure, alternative erotica website Feck, and Australia’s first 3D porn company, Pop Porn 3D.

 

More recently, Zahra began collaborating with other performers to create her own content, to have more creative control over the representation of her own sexuality, aesthetics and desires. Her films have screened at Public Provocative Porn (Toronto), Berlin Porn Film Festival (honourable mention), Perv Queerotic Film Festival (Sydney), Seen and Heard (Sydney), Cinekink (New York), Pop Porn (Vienna), Muestra Marrana (Barcelona), Cineffable Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival (Paris), Holy Fuck Festival (Amsterdam), Get a Room (Amsterdam Pride), Porny Days (Zurich), Sex Worker Art and Film Festivals (San Francisco, Copenhagen) as well as featuring on Petra Joy’s Her Porn DVD (volume 5).

 

Aussie pornstar & academic Zahra Stardust on Pole

Aussie pornstar & academic Zahra Stardust on Pole

Zahra’s scene with Madison Missina for PopPorn3D’s DVD Blonde, launched at Sydney Sexpo 2014, and features all safer sex scenes to promote the #safesexissexy campaign. She performed in the 90s dyke sex scene in Anna Brownfield’s feature length docudrama The Bedroom, which documents six decades of sex in one bedroom, from the invention of the Pill to the sex toy phenomenon.

 

During her parliamentary campaigns for the Australian Sex Party, running for House of Representatives (2009), Senate (2010) and Lord Mayor of Sydney (2012), Zahra and Angela White made history as the first candidates from a political party to film a porn scene together.

 

Prior to porn, Zahra was an award-winning striptease artist, pole dancer and centrefold model. Beginning as a podium and feature dancer at Men’s Gallery, Pure Platinum and Dancer’s Cabaret (back when it was in iconic Kings Cross), she later performed at Melbourne’s Centrefold Lounge, Darwin’s Honey Pot Club, Adelaide’s Crazy Horse, Townsville’s Santa Fe Gold, Brisbane’s Velvet Cigar, and Hush-Hush and Calendar Girls in New Zealand.

 

She featured on the cover of Australian Penthouse, New Zealand’s NZX and Trash Vixens magazines, with spreads in US Hustler, Picture, People, 100% Home Girls, Adults Only, Slit Magazine and Alt Life. She won Australian Penthouse Aussie Babe of the Year and was a Penthouse Pet and Centrefold in 2010.

 

After competing as a finalist in Miss Pole Dance Australia in 2008, Zahra continued on to win the Open Pairs division of the Australian Pole Dance Championship in 2009 with her doubles partner Stacey Minx, and later the national title of Miss Nude Australia’s Pole Dance Champion 2012.

 

In her early days of striptease competitions she won Miss Nude NSW Most Unique Entertainer 2009, and went on to take home titles Miss Nude Dancers Cabaret 2010 and Miss Nude Pure Platinum 2011, later being crowned Miss Centrefold Oceania 2011 in her first international competition, winning a coveted $15,000 prize.

 

For six years Zahra was a pole instructor at world renowned Suzie Q Pole Studio and Madonna’s gym Hard Candy, during which time she interviewed many of her peers for her Masters thesis on queer and feminist activism in erotic labour.

 

Over her career, Zahra has performed in body paint at World Bodypainting Festival, been an art muse at Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School Tokyo, taught pole workshops in Stockholm, judged Miss Pole Dance Bavaria in Germany, and undressed on trapeze at Auckland Erotica Expo, and MC’d at Brisbane Sexpo. In 2013 she was painted as an entry for the Archibald Prize.

 

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Zahra has been a monthly pin up in calendars SMT Entertainment, Eye Candy Showgirls, and Miss Centrefold Oceania, and appeared in hard copy books Private Bodies and 101 Vagina. She has walked the catwalk at alternative fashion events for Smack Tease Gear, Matt Bylett Designs and Rubber Republik. She has appeared in print media such as Cosmo, The Bull, Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph and The Australian.

 

Zahra has published in the academic journal Porn Studies, edited anthology Queer Sex Work, and book Coming Out Like a Porn Star: Essays on Pornography, Protection and Privacy. She has spoken at conferences such as Sexual Cultures (Brunel University, London), Erotic Screen and Sound (Griffith University, Brisbane), and the Feminist Porn Conference (University of Toronto).

 

Zahra is currently writing her PhD on pornography in Australia. She believes in spreading love around the world through intimate encounters with strangers.