Jessica Drake was recognised as Mainstream Star of the Year at AVN Awards.
Sex educator and Wicked Pictures contract performer Jessica Drake was recognised as Mainstream Star of the Year at the 2016 AVN Awards.
The award-winning performer turned sexual health advocate was honoured in part due to her tireless support for sex education reform.
Jessica Drake’s advocacy was documented in hundreds of media articles throughout the year.
The honour marks jessica drake’s 12th AVN Award and 26th award overall from a major adult industry organization, including three AVN Awards for Best Actress and two AVN Awards for Best Educational Release. The 2016 AVN Awards were presented on January 23 at the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.
“I’m so grateful to AVN and the Awards Committee for recognizing me as Mainstream Star of the Year,” Drake said.
“My mission and passion for the last few years has been to get people to start talking about sex in a more open, positive way, removing the shame and stigma that society so often applies. I am so very thankful to the media for allowing this and for joining me to spread this message. My goal for 2016 is to keep doing this, keep reaching more and more people, and keep providing them with realistic, pleasure based, shame free Sex Ed.”
“My humble thanks to Wicked Pictures – to Steve, Daniel, Adella, Chris, and everyone who has helped and encouraged me along this path,” added Jessica Drake.
In recent years, Jessica Drake has been a frequent contributor to many media publications and outlets, speaking out in support for sexual wellness and healthy attitudes toward sex. Starting with her best-selling sex education series, “Jessica Drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” which provides explicit demonstrations and frank discussion of sex techniques, fetish sex, intimacy issues, and other topics, drake has grown her stature as a sex educator through mainstream articles and personal appearances.
Most recently the adult superstar began writing for Stylecaster.com, where she offers relationship and sexual advice, including her newest articles on the female orgasm available here, and her expert tips on foreplay, here.
Her other media appearances include a recent Daily Beast article, where drake spoke of the subpar sex ed curriculum offered in schools: “Just like it’s been proven that abstinence only programs don’t work to reduce teenage pregnancy, I think ignorance in this case is not bliss. This is a very real issue because technology is everywhere.”
Likewise, Jessica Drake was consulted by Cosmopolitan magazine on 2015’s blockbuster film, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” “It’s not an accurate representation of the BDSM lifestyle at all. If anything, it’s the epitome of things in a dominant-submissive relationship — or any relationship — that could go awry,” stated Drake.
In a January 2015 CNBC report, drake was hailed for expanding her scope from performing to writing, directing, and more: “One of the role models for diversification in the industry is Jessica Drake. A performer since 1999, Drake is something of an exception in porn, having worked exclusively for Wicked Pictures since 2003. But rather than simply staying in front of the camera, she expanded her focus,” wrote Chris Morris.
Other outlets that have featured drake include Playboy, the Huffington Post, Vanity Fair, New York Daily News, Crave Online, Daily Mail, Maxim, Refinery 29, and GQ, along with scores of others who shared drake’s message of sexual health and her positive view of the adult industry.
“Over the course of a brilliant career, Jessica has appeared in Hollywood movies and TV shows, as well as popular music videos, but it is her tireless efforts to educate and help people however she can, which really have had the most impact beyond the walls of adult entertainment. I am extremely proud of all that she has accomplished and all that she will continue to do.”
About Jessica Drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex:
Three-time AVN Best Actress winner and sexual wellness authority Jessica Drake brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars in her “Guide to Wicked Sex” series.
The stimulating sequences are sensual, provocative and enlivened by an informative optional audio commentary.
In each volume of “Jessica Drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” writer, producer, director, and host Jessica Drake addresses a different aspect of human sexuality, ranging from Fellatio and Anal to Basic Positions and Female Masturbation.
Jessica explores each topic with the same distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor, which led Dee Dennis, the founder of sexuality conference CatalystCon, to praise her as “an amazing sex educator and speaker, who represents a new direction and is breaking new ground” in the sexual self-help genre.
The series’ volume on Fellatio earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release trophy, “Anal” was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year, “Anal Sex for Men” received AVN’s 2014 Best Educational Release award, and “Plus Size” earned XBIZ’s 2015 Specialty Release of the Year.
About the AVN Awards:
Over the years, the AVN Awards have become a famous staple in Las Vegas, while being housed in almost every major hotel on the strip.
Starting in 1984, the show has grown drastically over the years and is now broadcast each year on cable to millions of viewers. The show allows adult and mainstream celebrities to come together once a year to celebrate the achievements of one of the world’s most profitable industries.
In 2012, the AVN Awards took up residence in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and returned for a fifth straight year in 2016.