VENICE, Calif.—One of the most famous faces in the country’s legalized courtesan market, Bethany St. James is coming to Porn Valley for the first time, looking to make her mark in the other Hollywood.
A Georgia peach whose parents also had their hands (and more) in the adult industry—her father invested in and managed strip clubs and her mother dabbled in porn back when it was more about making money than getting famous—Bethany makes her brothel home with Shari’s Ranch in Nevada. Sheri’s is considered the elite in legal brothels and prides itself on being the largest in North America. The brainy beauty is looking to branch out, hopefully eventually to pursue projects such as a clothing line.
“I think the legal prostitution aspect of the adult industry has been grossly misrepresented,” Bethany said. “Even other people in the adult industry don’t understand it at all. We’re very discreet, very clean and I have really enjoyed the lifestyle.”
She pointed out that the testing at Shari’s is far more stringent than the adult movie industry standards and that there has not been a case of STDs at the ranch since 1976.
"I've seen the same television shows and listened to the same mouthpieces for this industry that everyone else has and it is a gross misrepresentation of legalized brothels and how life in them is,” she said. “It's sad that people believe that and think that's the only side of the coin."
Bethany will be in Los Angeles later this month to meet with producers, directors and will be able for interviews.