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Meet The First Plus-Size Porn Star To Appear On The Cover Of Penthouse Forum

Kelly Shibari is the first plus-size woman grace the cover in the magazine’s 40-year history.

1. This is porn star Kelly Shibari.

2. She’s a trailblazer — the first plus-size woman to appear on the cover of Penthouse Forum ever.

3. Shibari’s had a nontraditional career.

The former roadie broke into porn in her thirties, and also works as a sex educator. She has a line of vibrators, and proudly considers herself a feminist. “My feminism doesn’t come from my size,” she explained. “My feminism comes from me not waiting for a guy to help me.”

4. Shibari says that in recent years there’s been more room for plus-size people in porn, but that the industry still has a ways to go.

“Right now it’s the ‘it’ thing to talk about, both in mainstream fashion and television, with people like Melissa McCarthy and Margaret Cho and Rebel Wilson,” she told Refinery 29. “The plus-sized female entertainer is very popular in mainstream culture right now, though mostly still in comedy — in sitcoms or as the comedic sidekick. The plus-size woman is not allowed to be the sexy person or the ideal for a romantic love interest.”

5. Now that she’s been in the industry for nearly a decade, Shibari’s turning her focus onto sex education.

She just partnered with porn star Jessica Drake to create the Guide to Wicked Sex: Plus Size. Said Shibari, “It really is shown from a very nerdy, geeky standpoint of ergonomics: ‘You have a penis, you have a vagina that has fat in the way. Let’s figure out the ways that make penetration deeper.’”

6. But it also covers body confidence and communication.

“Something that happens with a lot of plus-size women and men is they feel they’re unattractive because that’s what they’re told all the time,” said Shibari. “A lot of girls and guys think, Oh, she’s only with me because she’s settling. It’s so sad … because, if you actually talk to the partner, they’re like, ‘No, I think she’s fuckin’ hot. I love those curves.’ And, the same goes for guys. A lot of guys feel like they need to have a six-pack to be attractive, and there are a lot of women out there who are like, ‘No, I would much rather have my guy have a little bit of meat on him.’”

7. A Guide To Wicked Sex: Plus Size comes out June 25.

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