Nikki Silver is Paving the Way for Feminist Hairy Porn

by March 2, 2018
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Photo by Nikki Silver

Nikki Silver is the ‘queen of feminist hairy porn.’ Editor-in-Chief Amanda sat down with the porn producer and owner of Naughty Natural to talk about how she got started in the industry, how it’s helping others feel empowered and the future of body hair in society.

Amanda: How did you get the idea for Naughty Natural?

Nikki: I moved to the Bay Area about 7 years ago and started to produce content for a large hairy site as a photographer/videographer, as well as doing more hairy porn modeling myself. After some time, my friends convinced me that I could do better on my own and the idea for Naughty Natural was born. At first it was a project with 2 other hairy models but they soon dropped off.

The site has certainly evolved since then. I have a ton of interaction with my members and I’ve realized over time that the site is very much about me, who I am, my personality and vision.

A: What were you doing before launching the site?

N: I dropped out of college in NYC at 21 and spent the next 5 or so years traveling the country (and some other countries) working on various activist campaigns, skillsharing, living outside societal norms, trying to build the anarcha-feminist utopia I came to dream about.

I never thought what I saw as a means to an end would turn into an incredibly fulfilling and empowering career for myself that I feel, just about as good about as anyone can, living under capitalism.

A: Have you received much backlash from friends/family/strangers?

N: Yes, certainly. The anarchist community that I was part of, and had initially supported me, shunned me. Not every single person, but on a whole, that’s what happened.

My biological family has been pretty supportive, but they are still uncomfortable hearing about the more explicit parts of my job which seems reasonable to me. My dad even came out to my grandma for me and told her he was proud of me! My parents are small business owners so they respect the hustle.

With strangers, I have made many experiments of coming out and not coming out in different contexts. Everyone is different, sometimes it goes well and sometimes it doesn’t. Unfortunately most people are afraid of confrontation so I’ve experienced more delayed reactions and microaggressions than direct conversation about someone’s feelings about porn, etc. I have a lot of respect for the progression of feminism and would be more than happy to have a respectful debate with an old school feminist, but most people aren’t that comfortable having a direct conversation. I have had some really fantastic conversations with older dykes on women’s lands.

Lately and for the last few years, I have specifically seeked others from the queer sex worker and ally community as so many people, from so many different backgrounds, take issue with what I do. It can be quite exhausting but I am working on my resiliency and being more open to being vulnerable with people even though they may hurt/stigmatize me. Sometimes I end up with friends I didn’t think I could have!

“Once we are no longer so committed to a gender binary system, the need to police who can or cannot have body hair will fall away.”

A: How have people expressed empowerment from joining or viewing your site?

I have received a number of emails from male/female couples where the woman doesn’t shave and they’ve been looking for reflections of their own sexualities and find that in my site, which is validating for them.

I also have a number of queer subscribers who really appreciate that the sex scenes feel real and amongst people who feel more relatable, in terms of physical appearance.

Models have also told me, time and again, that they feel really good about being on Naughty Natural. The way the content is presented and my overseeing of the members etc, makes them feel safe. They love the photos/content of themselves. I specifically remember one model telling me she never really liked spread shots (like her legs spread up and labia opened up with hand) of herself, but I took this one in particular that she loved. She said it made her feel really great about her cunt, which she had a lot of shame around for her labia being large.

A: Do you see there becoming less of a stigma towards body hair in the future?

N: Possibly. However, I see the decreasing of stigma around non-gender conforming bodies, behavior and choices to be of ultimate importance. Once we are no longer so committed to a gender binary system, the need to police who can or cannot have body hair will fall away.

I don’t think that is likely to happen very soon. So in the meantime, body hair on feminine or femininely perceived people remains something ‘abnormal.’ To be honest, on a personal level, I’ve always been a freak and don’t care to be more accepted beyond what preserves my physical safety. I am much more concerned for my trans, POC and gender non conforming friends who face actual violence in the world for the way they look. I can handle a few rude comments.

However for those who do feel more of a need to be socially acceptable, I think of course it would be great for folks to feel able to make their own choices about body hair removal or lack thereof. I do hope my site shows that it can be a beautiful and sexy choice.

A: Are there types of people you want on the site who haven’t been on it yet?

N: Yes, definitely. There is a sore lack of folks of color, as well as larger women and older women. All three of those I am actively pursuing recruiting, but it’s difficult not wanting to tokenize models. I try to be conscious of that when recruiting.

I feel I am always towing a middle line between content that I know will sell, which usually means more normative bodies, and my own politics around diversity and inclusion. Naughty Natural is, after all, how I see myself supporting myself and loved ones till I die. I don’t have college degrees, rich family or any other monetizable skills. Capitalism encourages a scarcity mindset that I am certainly guilty of that at times.

I think though as the site stabilizes and grows, as it has been, that I feel a little bit more freedom to show models and content that are more outside the box.

A: How can people model for Naughty Natural?

N: Just shoot me an email at Nikki@NaughtyNatural.com

See Nikki’s photospread Bringing Back the Bush in our Spring 2018 issue here. And visit Nikki’s website here.


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