How the Ultimate Hot Librarian is Turning Fantasies into (Virtual) Reality
Ela Darling is a feminist. She’s also an ex-librarian with two degrees, a successful entrepreneur, and a VR porn star. It’s one hell of a package.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that female porn stars aren’t supposed to be role models. They’re either victims, whores or freaks, and they should definitely bow under the crushing weight of constant guilt and shame at what they do for a living.
Well, screw that — literally — says pornographer Ela Darling, co-founder of VRTube. If you’re looking for the usual story of abuse and deprivation leading a promising young woman astray into the clutches of an exploitative industry, you’re fresh out of luck. Following a happy childhood surrounded by a close-knit supportive family, Ela graduated with a Master’s degree at 21 and landed a stable job as a Associate Director and Head of Reference at a Massachusetts library. She was happy until she got hit by a serious case of existential ennui, which gave her an itch to see what else was out there. Quite a lot, as it turns out:
I thought to myself: “Do I want the rest of my life to start at 22?” I had a lot more free time working this full time job than I did in college, when I was taking an inadvisable number of classes while working two jobs. I had been modeling since I was 18 and decided to try something more risqué just for fun. I made more money in an hour than I made in a day working at the library, and more in a day than I made in a week. I shot a few more times before realizing that this was a viable career option and if I wanted to seize it, I should do so immediately. They say “fortune favors the bold” so I took a chance and I moved out to LA where I shot my first hardcore porn scene. From there it was history.
When I was on set for my very first porn scene, my parents called me and asked what sort of photoshoot I was doing. I hesitated for a few seconds before telling them the complete truth. They taught me that there is no truth too hard for them to handle and that they will support and love me…