Los Angeles the City of Los Angeles and known by its initials L. A. is the most populous city in California, the second most populous city in the United States, after New York City, the third most populous city in North America. With an estimated population of four million, Los Angeles is the cultural and commercial center of Southern California; the city is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic diversity and the entertainment industry, its sprawling metropolis. Los Angeles is the largest city on the West Coast of North America. Los Angeles is in a large basin bounded by the Pacific Ocean on one side and by mountains as high as 10,000 feet on the other; the city proper, which covers about 469 square miles, is the seat of Los Angeles County, the most populated county in the country. Los Angeles is the principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area, the second largest in the United States after that of New York City, with a population of 13.1 million. It is part of the Los Angeles-Long Beach combined statistical area the nation's second most populous area with a 2015 estimated population of 18.7 million.
Los Angeles is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States, with a diverse economy in a broad range of professional and cultural fields. Los Angeles is famous as the home of Hollywood, a major center of the world entertainment industry. A global city, it has been ranked 6th in the Global Cities Index and 9th in the Global Economic Power Index; the Los Angeles metropolitan area has a gross metropolitan product of $1.044 trillion, making it the third-largest in the world, after the Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. Los Angeles hosted the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics and will host the event for a third time in 2028; the city hosted the Miss Universe pageant twice, in 1990 and 2006, was one of 9 American cities to host the 1994 FIFA men's soccer World Cup and one of 8 to host the 1999 FIFA women's soccer World Cup, hosting the final match for both tournaments. Home to the Chumash and Tongva, Los Angeles was claimed by Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo for Spain in 1542 along with the rest of what would become Alta California.
The city was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve. It became a part of Mexico in 1821 following the Mexican War of Independence. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican–American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California achieved statehood; the discovery of oil in the 1890s brought rapid growth to the city. The completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, delivering water from Eastern California assured the city's continued rapid growth; the Los Angeles coastal area was settled by the Chumash tribes. A Gabrieleño settlement in the area was called iyáangẚ, meaning "poison oak place". Maritime explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo claimed the area of southern California for the Spanish Empire in 1542 while on an official military exploring expedition moving north along the Pacific coast from earlier colonizing bases of New Spain in Central and South America.
Gaspar de Portolà and Franciscan missionary Juan Crespí, reached the present site of Los Angeles on August 2, 1769. In 1771, Franciscan friar Junípero Serra directed the building of the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, the first mission in the area. On September 4, 1781, a group of forty-four settlers known as "Los Pobladores" founded the pueblo they called El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles,'The Town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels'; the present-day city has the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the United States. Two-thirds of the Mexican or settlers were mestizo or mulatto, a mixture of African and European ancestry; the settlement remained a small ranch town for decades, but by 1820, the population had increased to about 650 residents. Today, the pueblo is commemorated in the historic district of Los Angeles Pueblo Plaza and Olvera Street, the oldest part of Los Angeles. New Spain achieved its independence from the Spanish Empire in 1821, the pueblo continued as a part of Mexico.
During Mexican rule, Governor Pío Pico made Los Angeles Alta California's regional capital. Mexican rule ended during the Mexican–American War: Americans took control from the Californios after a series of battles, culminating with the signing of the Treaty of Cahuenga on January 13, 1847. Railroads arrived with the completion of the transcontinental Southern Pacific line to Los Angeles in 1876 and the Santa Fe Railroad in 1885. Petroleum was discovered in the city and surrounding area in 1892, by 1923, the discoveries had helped California become the country's largest oil producer, accounting for about one-quarter of the world's petroleum output. By 1900, the population had grown to more than 102,000; the completion of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913, under the supervision of William Mulholland, assured the continued growth of the city. Due to clauses in the city's charter that prevented the City of Los Angeles from selling or providing water from the aqueduct to any area outside its borders, many adjacent city and communities became compelled to annex themselves into Los Angeles.
Los Angeles created the first municipal zoning ordinance in the United States. On September 14, 1908, the Los Angeles City Council promulgated residential and industrial land use zones; the new ordinance established three residential zones of a single type, where industrial uses were
Los Angeles Fashion District
The Los Angeles Fashion District is a design and distribution nexus of the clothing and fabric industry in Downtown Los Angeles. The Fashion District spans 90 blocks and is the hub of the apparel industry on the West Coast of the United States. Thousands of fast-fashion wholesale vendors line the streets of the Los Angeles Fashion District. Fast-fashion vendors stock the most recent fashion trends straight from the catwalk. Clothing companies that manufacture in the Fashion District include American Apparel and Andrew Christian. In March and October, the district is recognized for Los Angeles Fashion Week. Crowds. Celebrities, media, VIP’s from all over the country come to sneak the first peek at new collections and trends; the LA Fashion Magazine highlights new designers, trend reports, fashion news and photos straight from the catwalk during fashion week. The District is home to the Los Angeles Flower District and Santee Alley, the downtown open air bazaar. Designer showrooms and wholesale businesses are trade-only, but the district is open to the public Santee Alley and businesses in the surrounding area.
Many businesses on the west side of the district are open to the public on the last Friday of the month for sample sales. The Los Angeles garment industry was established early in the 20th century, grew in the 1920s and 1930s. In the 1950s, the area became a center for sportswear and women's clothing with the contributions of Jewish entrepreneurs who had moved to the area from New York City. Sephardic Jews from North Africa and France entered the area's garment trade in the 1970s. By 2000, the area's textile trade was dominated by Middle Easterners and North Africans, followed by Koreans; as of 2015, at least a third of the businesses were Korean, according to the Korean American Apparel Manufacturers Association. The garment district’s evolution to include retailing in addition to manufacturing and wholesale sales, began in the Santee Alley. An alley that serviced the back doors of manufacturing and wholesale businesses, these businesses would open retail outlets out their back doors for one or two days a week.
These retail operations grew into full-time businesses along four blocks and transformed the alley into a bazaar. In 1995, a group of business owners in the Garment District established a business improvement district to improve the neighborhood. In 1996 the new group formally changed the name of the Garment District to the Los Angeles Fashion District. At the time, the Garment District consisted of 56 blocks. Santee Alley is a populated shopping path in the Fashion District between Maple and Santee Streets, stretching from Olympic Boulevard to Pico Boulevard. Counterfeit goods have been sold in Santee Alley; the alley is known for its illegal trade in live animals, criticized by animal rights activists as cruel. At times the LAPD has raided the alley to arrest counterfeiters. During a two-day raid in 2006, authorities seized $18.4 million worth of counterfeit designer brand merchandise from two downtown locations. On May 23, 2006, police raided a swap meet located at 500 South Los Angeles Street and found fake Tiffany jewelry worth about $6.4 million and arrested two adults.
On May 24, 2006, police raided and seized 12 million worth of counterfeit handbags, sunglasses and wallets on Santee Alley between 12th Street and Olympic Boulevard. Fashion District site Fashion District Business Information LA Flower District LA Flower Market California Flower Mall Santee Alley Website Santee Alley Blog Fashion District Wholesale Market
Belladonna is an American retired pornographic actress. Michelle Anne Sinclair was born in Biloxi, the second of eight children, she grew up in a traditional conservative Mormon family. Her father, a retired Air Force officer, was a Mormon bishop; the family had German and Cherokee Indian roots. Sinclair dropped out of high school and moved out of her parents' house at 15. Prior to her pornography career, she held jobs at 7-11, Victoria’s Secret and Subway. On April 11, 2004, she married Patrick Peter Earley of Kamloops, British Columbia. After the dissolution of that marriage, she married Aiden Kelly, an actor, in Las Vegas, with whom she had a daughter, her introduction to the adult industry came about when an agent came to Utah to see one of her friends, who introduced him to her. The next day she flew to Los Angeles with the intention of joining the industry. Prior to starting her porn career she was dancing in a club in Utah; the pseudonym "Belladonna" came in part from a friend in Utah named Bella.
Her motivation to join the adult industry was financial. Her career began in 2000 when she was 18, her first film was Real Sex Magazine. One of her early films featured Sinclair in a rough group sex scene with twelve men, staged in a prison. In this scene she was choked and verbally abused and appeared to be on the verge of tears, she has since appeared in over 300 adult films, including titles such as Service Animals 6 & 7, She-Male Domination Nation, Bella Loves Jenna, Back 2 Evil, Weapons of Ass Destruction, Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge. In 2002 she featured in the multi award-winning BDSM themed Fashionistas; as well as Stagliano she has been directed by Nacho Vidal, Jules Jordan and Rocco Siffredi. In 2003 she signed a contract with Sineplex, for whom she directed, she has appeared several times in the reality television series Family Business, which focuses on the life of porn director Adam Glasser a.k.a. "Seymore Butts". In 2004 she was one of a number of porn stars photographed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders for a "coffee table book" on the adult industry, XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits.
Belladonna was featured on the cover of metalcore band Asking Alexandria's sophomore album titled Reckless & Relentless. She is later featured in their short film Through Sin + Self Destruction. In a 2007 interview with the Salt Lake City Weekly, Sinclair expressed some regret about aspects of her career in pornography her early notoriety for performing acts and scenes that many other performers regarded as extreme or taboo. Lamenting the lack of guidance from more experienced actresses, Sinclair described an extended period of clinical depression. Sinclair stressed in this same interview, that she took responsibility for all her decisions and that she was never forced to perform. In June 2010 it was announced that she would be part of the cast of the upcoming horror movie Stripped. In 2011, she was named by CNBC as one of the 12 most popular stars in porn. CNBC noted that while she had stepped back from acting to pursue directing and producing, she has maintained a loyal fan base, has been nominated for 42 AVN awards and won 10 in the course of her career.
Her career in the pornography business was followed for two years by a crew from ABC Television, culminating in a January 2003 interview with Diane Sawyer as part of a Primetime Thursday segment on pornography. At one point in the interview Belladonna broke down in tears, when Sawyer asked her, "You keep describing these awful things that happened to you. Yet, you keep smiling. Why?" Belladonna's smile wavered and her eyes watered up. "It's so I don't start crying," she said. The publicity provided by the interview boosted Belladonna's career; the interview has since been used by a number of anti-pornography groups to support their case that pornography is exploitative of the women who appear in it. In interviews, Sinclair claimed that she had never intended to make "anti-porn" statements. In one interview, when she was asked if she were happy with how the interview came out, her reply was, "I am not happy about Primetime but I would love to see the whole story air one day so everyone can see how much I had to say, FOR the porn industry.
If you know me you know that I loved shooting!" ABC contacted her once to do a follow-up to the interview. I don't want to be embarrassed again." Several figures in the porn industry objected to her comments on the program. In an interview with Vice, Sinclair admitted that despite being depressed at the time, the interview was embarrassing, that when she watched it, there were instances in the piece that were untrue. In August 2007, Sinclair decided to semi-retire from performing with other people over concerns of STDs herpes, she thought she was worried the disease had spread. Regardless, she still decided to semi-retire. In 2008, she came out of retirement, filmed a number of hardcore scenes, she appeared in Digital Playground's Pirates II, the sequel to their top-selling DVD, Pirates. She has appeared recurringly in James Gunn's PG Porn, her last adult film was Odd Jobs 4 in 2008. In July 2012, she announced via Twitter that she was "no longer interested in having sex on camera" and would be pursuing her other interests.
Evil Angel (studio)
Evil Angel is an American production company and distributor of pornographic films and owned by John Stagliano. Stagliano and Evil Angel pioneered the Gonzo pornography genre in the late 1980s. Several of the most acclaimed pornographic film directors have worked for Evil Angel, its films have won numerous awards, it has been described as "the top porn-film producer" in the U. S, as one of the handful of companies which dominate the distribution of hardcore pornographic films in the U. S. and as one of the most profitable porn studios. The company's rise to prominence was fueled by the industry switch from film to videotape. In the late 1970s a feature-length porn film shot on celluloid—usually 35mm—might have cost as much as $350,000. In 1983 the VCR had been introduced, producers were beginning to make pornographic films on videotape. A film using video could be made for as little as $5,000, compared to a minimum of $40,000 for a movie shot on film. Into the 1990s, by shooting its productions with video cameras, Evil Angel could still make films for $8,000.
Stagliano had little knowledge of filmmaking, but he made his first movie for $8,000 in 1983: Bouncing Buns, starring Stacy Donovan. For the next six years he shot films for other companies to distribute. In 1989 he started Evil Angel; the origin of the company's name goes back to when Stagliano was working as a stripper: "There was another guy in one of my shows named John. So this MC started calling me Evil John to differentiate us; this was when I was doing chains. At the same time I had a girlfriend, she was a nasty girl and I suggested that she call herself Evil Angel. She didn't, but I loved the name and wound up using it for my company." The first Evil Angel film was Dance Fire, filmed in 1988 by Stagliano, starring himself, Trinity Loren, Brandy Alexandre and others. It would only be released on DVD 20 years later. Influenced by amateur pornography, In 1989 Stagliano hit on the idea of performing in a film while operating the camera, so that the viewer experiences the film through the eyes of his character.
The first-person perspective was influenced by the 1960s film Blowup. At the time this was in contrast to the majority of porn, which tended not to make viewers aware of the camera; this technique is today known as Point of view pornography. He formed his Buttman persona, shot Adventures of Buttman; the early Buttman films were written, directed, edited and manufactured by Stagliano. The first two Buttman films had lengthy scripts, but the series soon evolved into an improvised, spontaneous format. In contrast to his earlier work and the standard porn of the time, Stagliano did not link each scene together to form a conventional narrative. At times the camerawork was shaky. Due to his lack of funds, he didn't use elaborate sets or locations. At the time porn films had a traditional storyline, with sex scenes interspersed with dialogue by performers with little acting ability. Instead of that format, Stagliano chose to film "one sex scene which has a beginning, a middle and ends at a climax. Trying to make all that relate to a bigger story is difficult and creates all sorts of problems that get in the way of making the best scene possible."
The distinct style of the early Evil Angel films would be imitated, would come to be known as Gonzo pornography. In the 1990s Stagliano became one of the most successful figures in the American pornographic film industry. In 1990 Patrick Collins and Stagliano founded the Elegant Angel label as a subsidiary of Evil Angel. In 1991 Stagliano established a production subsidiary in Brazil. By 1993 the company was producing a new videotape every three weeks, was grossing more than $1 million a year. In the mid-'90s the company started using the phrase "The Evil Empire" on its box covers, in reference to its growing stable of directors. In 1996 Collins established Elegant Angel as a separate company, in 1998 it ended all cooperation with Evil Angel, his departure from Evil Angel has been called "less than amicable", he and Stagliano are "ex-friend". At the time Collins said that Stagliano "couldn't run a business, would fail without him". According to Stagliano, "Patrick's a bully... he wasn't doing his job properly...
I should have fired him years ago". A 1997 U. S. News and World Report investigation identified Evil Angel as the most profitable pornographic studio. In 2007 the studio received 127 AVN Award nominations in 60 categories, making it the fourth year in a row in which it received more than 100 nominations. In 2008 EA won 18 AVN awards. Stagliano won the "Best Director - Video" award for Fashionistas Safado: Berlin. In 2015, company vice president John Grayson reported that transsexual pornography was by far the company's most profitable category or genre, earning about 20% more on a per-movie basis than any other productions. In August 2007 Evil Angel and Jules Jordan prevailed in a DVD piracy case against Kaytel Video Distribution and several other defendants, winning a total of over $17.5 million, the largest sum awarded in an adult piracy case. Evil Angel was awarded Jordan $5.3 million. EA had filed the lawsuit in November 2005. On April 8, 2008, Evil Angel and Stagliano were indicted on federal obscenity charges by a federal grand jury in Washington, DC.
Films named in the obscenity charges included Storm Squirters 2 by Joey Silvera, Milk Nymphos by Jay Sin and a trailer for Belladonna: Fetish Fanatic 5. Stagliano and Evil Angel were represented by Al Gelbard, who defended JM Productions owner Jeff Steward in a 2007 obscenity case
Fetish fashion is any style or appearance in the form of a type of clothing or accessory, created to be extreme or provocative in a fetishistic manner. These styles are not worn by the majority of people on any regular basis, they are made of materials such as leather, latex or synthetic rubber or plastic, nylon, PVC, spandex and stainless steel. Some fetish fashion items include: stiletto heel shoes and boots, hobble skirts, collars, full-body latex catsuits, miniskirt, crotchless underwear, locks, zippers, eyewear and stylized costumes based on more traditional outfits, such as wedding dresses that are completely see-through lace. Fetish fashions are sometimes confused with costuming, because both are understood to be clothing, not worn as the usual wardrobe of people, are instead worn to create a particular reaction. Fetish fashions are considered to be separate from those clothing items used in cosplay, whereby these exotic fashions are used as costuming to effect a certain situation rather than to be worn.
However, sometimes the two areas do. For example, in Japan, many themed restaurants have waitresses who wear costumes such as a suit made of latex or a stylized French maid outfit. Fetish fashion clothing is modelled by specialist fetish models; some type of garments that women wear to improve their appearance are thought of as erotic and qualify as fetish wear: corsets and high heels. Most fetish wear is not practical enough for routine daily wear. An example of a fetish costume worn by women is the dominatrix costume; this consists of dark or black garments including a corset or bustier and high-heeled footwear such as thigh-high boots to enhance the dominating appearance. An accessory such as a whip or a riding crop is carried. Fetish fashion has no specific origin point because certain fashions that were appreciated for themselves or worn as part of a specific subculture have been noted since the earliest days of clothing; some scholars, like Michael Hayworth, argue that the use of corsetry and hobble skirts back in the late 18th century was the first mainstream note of fetish fashions, because the majority of society did not have access to these articles.
These items were appreciated for themselves. A leather subculture appeared amongst the underground gay community of London, England after World War II with gay men wearing items of leather clothing; this leather subculture became more mainstream in the British 1960s due to the influence of rock musicians such as The Rolling Stones and The Who, television performers such as Diana Rigg and Honor Blackman in The Avengers, who wore full body leather catsuits and full limb-covering leather and latex gloves and boots. Many fashion designers incorporate elements of the fetish subculture into their creations or directly create products based on elements that are not accepted by the mainstream. Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood created several restrictive BDSM-inspired clothing items of punk fashion for the 1970s punk subculture; the more recent fetish clothing makers House of Harlot and Torture Garden Clothing, Breathless of London, Vex Latex Clothing and Madame S of California focus on using latex and leather as the base material for their creations, rather than as an accessory.
Fetish fashions became popularized in the United States during the 1950s through books and magazines such as Bizarre and many other underground publications. Skin Two is a contemporary fetish magazine covering many aspects of the worldwide fetish subculture; the name is a reference to fetish clothing as a second skin. Fetish fashion has had an influence both on and off the runway. Many well-known designers have used fetish wear as an inspiration, borrowing details and incorporating materials such as latex, PVC, lace and patent leather; such designers include Jonathan Saunders, Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior and Nicholas Kirkwood. The Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2016 ready-to-wear collection was influenced by fetish fashion, the inspiration of materials and pieces such as harnesses and corsets can be seen on most of the looks. Other brands have been created for the fetish clothing luxury market. Zana Bayne, a post-fetish leather brand based in New York City was founded by Zana Bayne in 2010.
Their leather works combine a quality of craftsmanship with a novel use of S&M/punk-inspired harnesses, their work has been worn by celebrities such as Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Zana Bayne have collaborated with other brands such as Marc Jacobs and Comme des Garçons. Todd Pendu began working with Zana Bayne when he was at Comme des Garçons, before becoming a full-time creative partner at Zana Bayne in 2012. Atsuko Kudo is another brand explicitly influenced by fetish fashion, who design and manufacture ladies wear made in latex rubber. Street fashion has been influenced by fetish fashion. By late 2016 and through 2017 a number of fetish fashion elements had appeared in ready-to-wear and street wear around the world; this includes items such as chokers, corsets, high-thigh boots.
Rocco Siffredi is an Italian pornographic actor and producer of pornographic movies. He took his stage name from the character Roch Siffredi played by Alain Delon in the French gangster film Borsalino. Known as the "Italian Stallion", Siffredi has starred in more than 1,300 pornographic films. Siffredi met porn actor Leonardo Codazzo in a French sex club in 1985 and was introduced to producer Marco and director Michela, who cast him in his first pornographic role, Attention fillettes... in 1987, in which he performed anal sex. Siffredi stepped away from porn and worked as a fashion model, but returned to the business after two years with the help of porn actress Teresa Orlowski. Siffredi went on to perform in both plot-based and gonzo-style pornography, with styles of sex ranging from ordinary to extreme. However, it was Siffredi's performances involving anal sex and anilingus, as well as rough sex and his psychological intensity and athleticism, which earned him recognition and a cult following.
Through collaboration with John Stagliano's Evil Angel studio and his own Budapest-based Rocco Siffredi Produzioni as both a performer and director, Siffredi became one of the most powerful and recognizable personalities in pornography. "Rocco has far more power in this industry than any actress," Stagliano commented in 2001. Siffredi has credited Stagliano with being his mentor through all 30 years of his career. In June 2004, Siffredi declared that he would retire from performing in porn for the sake of his children, instead focus on direction and production. "My children are growing up", he said, "and I can no longer just say'Dad is going to work to make money for the family'. They want to know more". Regarding Siffredi's long career, Axel Braun commented, "The problem is that he's been trying for years to find an'heir to the throne', but it's no easy task, he thought he found him in Nacho Vidal, but Nacho went his own way". Siffredi, while continuing to direct, was absent as an on-screen performer for nearly five years.
However, sexual frustration and disappointment as a director with his male talent and the state of the porn industry overall led Siffredi to return as a performer in 2009. Despite renewed success, Siffredi announced his retirement once again in 2015, shortly after appearing on the Italian reality television show L'Isola dei Famosi which saw him stranded naked and alone on a beach for one week, he was reported to have told a friend, "I never felt so naked. I was all alone and it gave me a lot of time to think about what is important, and I realised I don't want to lose my wife". He told the press, "ore than a year ago I started to get uncomfortable in the front of the camera... omething inside of me has changed". However, he has continued performing sex in titles such as Rocco One on One and Rocco's Intimate Castings. Actress Bobbi Starr noted of Siffredi, "Any girl in the industry, with him... will tell you that they have done things with him that they never do with anyone else."Speaking of his female partners, Siffredi says, "I want to see emotion... fear... excitement... the eyes going up from being surprised."
Siffredi is one of a few porn actors to enjoy crossover appeal and success with respect to other segments of the adult film industry, as well as some in mainstream media. In 1999, he appeared in the controversial Catherine Breillat film Romance, his performance in this role was followed by a part written for him by the same director in her 2003 film Anatomie de L'enfer, in which he played a gay man who became sexually involved with a woman. Both films featured unsimulated sexual scenes involving Siffredi, although it is disputed whether he had intercourse with co-star Caroline Ducey in Romance. In 2012, he made a cameo as himself in the successful French comedy Porn in the Hood. Siffredi is visible in non-pornographic roles on Italian television, including television commercials for Amica Chips, a snack food, which have spawned considerable controversy and have at one point been taken off the air, a Cielo show, Ci pensa Rocco, a La 5 docu-reality series, Casa Siffredi. In 1997, Italian band Elio e Le Storie Tese dedicated a song and a video, "Rocco e Le Storie Tese", to Siffredi.
Siffredi himself directed the video appearing in it. Siffredi duetted with the band in the song "Un bacio piccolissimo" at the 63rd edition of the Sanremo Music Festival. Siffredi had a three-year relationship with the actress Louise Germaine, he is married to Rosa Caracciolo, a Hungarian model whom he met in 1993 in Cannes and with whom he performed two years in Tarzan X: Shame of Jane. Together they have two sons and Leonardo. During his initial retirement starting 2004, Siffredi battled sex addiction and disappeared from home for days to have sex. Upon his decision to return to on-screen pornographic performance in 2009, Siffredi recounted, "I spoke with my wife and she said it's my problem only, it doesn't belong to her and the boys, and she said,'You decided to stop. So if you want to go back, just go back". However, after a long period of intensive performing, with much time away from his home in Italy, Siffredi announced his retirement again in 2015 for the sake of his marriage. "Today I can see, she is the top priority", he said in a press statement.
"She deserves to have what she wanted from day one, to be with only me without sharing with other girls". Caracciolo told the press, "I know him well and I love him for who and what he is. Let's see what the new v
Céline Tran is a French actress, martial artist and former pornographic actress known under the stage name Katsuni. She started her adult film career in 2001, working first in France in the United States, she received numerous awards in the course of the adult career, most notably the AVN Award for Female Foreign Performer of the Year which she has won three times. She retired from porn in 2013 and returned to France to pursue a career in mainstream entertainment under her real name. Tran has appeared in films such as the French Les Kaïra, Cambodian action film Jailbreak, she released an autobiography, Ne dis pas que tu aimes ça, in 2018. Céline Tran is of French/Vietnamese heritage, her father is Vietnamese and her mother's family is French. She studied for a year at Grenoble Institute of Political Studies. Finding herself ill-suited for political science, she dropped out and studied literature for three years, envisioning a career as a teacher. During her studies, she did gigs as a go-go dancer, which led her to be spotted by a photographer working for Penthouse.
The magazine's French branch was looking for actresses who would appear in its adult pictures. Tran accepted Penthouse's proposal for a shoot as a manner of challenge and because she thought it might be an exciting experience. Having enjoyed her first experience, she decided to pursue a career in the adult film industry. For two years, she shot movies while continuing her studies but renounced becoming a teacher and decided to pursue a career as a full-time adult actress. During her career in the porn industry, which she began in 2001, she appeared in over 400 releases. In 2004, she was voted "the French's favorite porn actress" in a readers' poll organized by trade journal Hot Vidéo, she appeared in several Italian and Spanish productions, working for directors such as Mario Salieri. She performed alongside Rocco Siffredi in Who fucked Rocco?, Fashionistas Safado: The Challenge and Fashionistas Safado: Berlin, the latter two being directed by John Stagliano. She shot her first American films in 2003.
In 2005, she decided to focus on her work in the United States whose industry offered better opportunities. During the next few years, she divided her time between France and the US, working in the latter country. In December 2006, she became the first French actress to sign an exclusive performing contract with Digital Playground, she performed using the stage name Katsumi, but she was barred by a French judge in Créteil in January 2007 from using the name, after a woman named Mary Katsumi sued over the resemblance to her own name. Although she had informed the websites that she had changed her stage name, many outlets kept referring to her as "Katsumi", she was sued again a few months and, in September 2007, was fined €20,000, having been deemed responsible for various violations of the ban. In May 2006, she got breast implants, her first film with her new breasts, French ConneXion of Marc Dorcel Productions, came out at the beginning of 2007. In the meantime, Tran modelled for the cover of Marquis magazine, a leader in fetishism.
She continued working and touring as an exotic dancer in nightclubs of various countries. In July 2008, Céline Tran released My Fucking Life, a French-language film made for Marc Dorcel Studios; the movie is a documentary on Tran's daily life over a year, with a look at her shoots in Las Vegas, on set during filming in Porn Valley, along with a bit of her personal life. In 2008, she was part of the cast of Pirates II: Stagnetti's Revenge, one of the most expensive porn films produced. In 2012, she directed another feature In bed with Katsuni. In 2011, Complex ranked Tran fourteenth on their list of "The Top 100 Hottest Porn Stars Right Now" and third on their list of "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time". In the mid-2010s, Tran hosted. During her adult career, Tran's personality and success in the United States attracted the attention of the French mainstream medias. In October 2009 she was a guest in the popular talk show On n'est pas couché. In the early 2010s, she wrote articles about the porn industry for the magazines Les Inrockuptibles and Le Nouvel Observateur.
In 2010-2011, she hosted on the French channel MCM Katsuni's sexy mangas, a TV show dedicated to hentai. The show was canceled in March 2011 due to a decision of France's Superior Council of Audiovisual content. Among other appearances in the French mainstream media, she played herself in the successful comedy film Porn in the Hood. In 2013, she was one the porn stars interviewed in the American documentary film Aroused, directed by photographer Deborah Anderson. On 14 August 2013 Tran announced that she was retiring from porn in order to focus on "a new kind of entertainment", she relocated to France and has been using since her birth name, Céline Tran. A few months after her retirement, she was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame. Tran has since appeared in several mainstream productions. In 2014, she played a recurring character in the French web fiction Le Visiteur du futur. In 2014, she wrote the script for Heart Breaker, the sixth volume of the French comic book horror series DoggyBags. In 2016, she started writing a blog focusing on cultural and sexual themes.
She underwent three years of martial arts training in order to secure roles in action films. In 2017, she hosted on Facebook Live, for the French community website NextPLZ a show about sexuality aimed at youngsters, published a second graphic novel in the DoggyBags collection, created a YouTube channel dedicated to sports. In