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Montana Fishburne has been understandably defensive about her choice to pursue a career in porn.

In an open letter to Vibe Magazine, Montana gets a lot of things off her chest, no pun intended:

The one question that always gets asked is, ‘What made me decide to pursue a career in porn?’ I lost my virginity at 16 and then I filmed myself at home having sex at 18. And I liked it a lot. I was really interested in different kinds of fantasies and porn was the way that I felt I could explore those fantasies, have fun and, more importantly, make money…

People shouldn’t judge me because they really don’t know me. They only think they know me because of what they hear, which is why I want people to read what I have to say… in my own words. I want people to see that I am intelligent and not just having sex. I was the one who reached out to Vivid. Brian Pumper had nothing to do with getting me started. I did my first video with him, but that’s it. I chose Vivid because they are the best in the business and I wanted to go to the top seller. And they have released other movies with celebrity girls like Kendra, Paris Hilton, and Kim Kardashian. So, I wanted to go somewhere I knew I would be safe. People have it wrong. Doing porn is not about me becoming famous…it’s about becoming successful. Porn just happens to be the industry I was most interested in, so for critics to say I’m going about it the wrong way they are missing the point. I am making a buzz in the porn industry and in the mainstream, too. It’s leading me to more opportunities, so people can’t say that I’m not going to get anywhere.

You can come from a privileged family and still love sex. People who are privileged still watch porn; people who are privileged still have fantasies. We don’t all live by the standards of other people. Me being privileged has nothing to do with getting into porn except that it may have opened my eyes more. Being able to go to different countries and see how people look at sex as opposed to how America views sex in our culture, you realize that they are more open about it. I’m confident about my sexuality and body, which is more of a European way of thinking than American.

When I hear people say that I’m doing a disservice to Black women and giving us a bad name by working in porn or that girls like Kim Kardashian can release a sex tape because they are White, I honestly don’t see the difference. Regardless if I’m Black, Yellow or White, it shouldn’t matter. What it all comes doing to is this: a woman is a woman. It would make more sense if people were criticizing me because I’m doing porn as opposed to me being Black.

My film has already sold out. People really like it. They see that I’m uninhibited and they can see my fun-loving personality. Vivid has offered me a multi-picture deal, but I haven’t accepted it yet, but I want to do more films. However, I’m not just trying to be burnt out in the porn industry. I don’t want to make movies for the sake of making movies. I want to be able to pick and choose the kind of work I do. The movie I have out now is more reality style. I want the next one to have more acting. I want to do some scenes with other women… Maybe do some bondage…I’ve never done those things. I just want people to get turned on.

I really am a good person. You can’t believe everything you hear. It insults me when I hear someone claiming that I was a prostitute. Why would I ever be a prostitute? That’s something really hurtful to say, especially since it’s not true. Being in porn makes people say the craziest things. I will sit down and talk to my dad when all the media attention from the movie dies down. I don’t expect him to be happy about what I am doing. But I would like him to respect my decision and give me his blessing on all my future endeavors.

Read Montana’s entire statement at

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