Princess Donna is an American pornographic actress and adult movie director. She was formerly the director of the websites Public Disgrace, Bound Gang Bangs, and Ultimate Surrender, all three produced by Kink.com. Virtually all of her performances and directorial projects have been within the genre of BDSM pornography. She has appeared as a subject in a number of documentaries, including Graphic Sexual Horror in 2009 and Public Sex, Private Lives in 2012.
Princess Donna was born on January 23, 1982. She became interested in photography and the politics of sex and gender equality as a teen, and studied both at New York University and its Tisch School of the Arts. While going to school she began working as a stripper, and says she later took her name “Donna” from another stripper she knew. She also started bondage rigging and performing for New York BDSM pornography producer Insex.
Immediately after graduation in 2004 she was hired as webmaster/director at a division of Kink.com and moved to San Francisco to direct, perform and develop ideas for new websites full-time. She took over directorship of Kink.com’s Wired Pussy, a pornographic website focusing on erotic electrostimulation of female submissives by female dominants. In addition to directing, she served as the principal dominant on the site, though other female dominants made guest appearances. In 2008 it was reported that she had directed and appeared in about 300 scenes for Wired Pussy.
Some of her first performances were as a submissive for Insex.com, but she did not perform male/female intercourse on camera until 2008, saying: “The Training of O was the first site that combined enough serious BDSM with boy/girl sex to make me curious about trying it.” In 2008, Princess Donna developed a new site, PublicDisgrace.com, which focused on the fetish of public humiliation of female submissives, and also featured male-female intercourse.
As of late 2012 she directed Public Disgrace, Bound Gang Bangs, and Ultimate Surrender. Princess Donna is also a regular “character” on the reality-based queer serial pornographic website The Crash Pad Series.
She left Kink in late 2014.
Along with Lorelei Lee, Princess Donna was the subject of Brian Lilla’s 2007 independent film A Tale of Two Bondage Models, which appeared at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival. She also appears in Graphic Sexual Horror, a 2009 documentary about Insex. She appears, along with adult performers Lorelei Lee and Isis Love, in the 2012 documentary Public Sex, Private Lives by Simone Jude, where she is interviewed about the lifestyle and workday of people who practice BDSM, and how it is becoming less taboo.
Views on sexuality
Princess Donna identifies her sexual identity as “queer,” according to a 2008 interview in the Village Voice. She said: “My sexuality lies outside the dominant culture of vanilla heteronormativity. I’m everything but straight. I like girls, I like boys, I like transgender boys and girls.”
She has expressed a feminist perspective on her work: “I grew up in a Silence of the Lambs culture, a culture where rape and killing women are very common themes for movies and TV shows. Society isn’t afraid of sex and violence; they are afraid of women owning their own bodies and controlling their own sexuality—which is what happens in BDSM.”