Sunny Leone has been doing hardcore porn since 2005, when she became the first Vivid Girl of Indian descent. She’s been a beloved entertainer in the eyes of American porn fans ever since, but her fame has exploded across the globe since she appeared on an Indian reality TV show in late 2011.
“Bigg Boss,” a popular series broadcast on the Viacom-owned COLORS channel, pits celebrity contestants of Indian birth or descent against each other in a “Big Brother” style competition. (Though she identifies strongly with her 100% Indian heritage and has lived in the United Stated since she was a teenager, Sunny has held dual US/Canadian citizenship since 2006.) The celebrities spend 100 days isolated in one house, all their waking moments filmed. Sunny was on the fifth season of “Bigg Boss” and made it through several weeks, during which the show saw its highest ratings ever. Her number of Twitter followers ballooned, countless new Facebook fan pages were created for her, and she became a top Google search in India. The beautiful brunette returned to the US and won further attention by co-hosting the 2012 AVN Awards with retired porn star Bree Olson and comedian Dave Attell.
It’s no wonder AskMen.com named Sunny to its list of Top 99 Most Desirable Women for 2012 – we’re just surprised they didn’t rank her higher than 82. We’d put her somewhere at the top. Other mainstream sites, including The Times of India and no less than Guardian.co.uk, have given Sunny positive attention the likes of which few porn stars have enjoyed, thanks to her classy behavior on “Bigg Boss.”
This overwhelming new mainstream visibility for Sunny has paved the way for future success outside the realm of adult film. Acclaimed Indian film producer Pooja Bhatt cast her in the sequel to her father Mahesh Bhatt’s 2003 hit Jism, which will be sexy but contains no explicit scenes (they are illegal in India). Sunny has been taking Hindi lessons and working out to prepare for the movie, which begins filming in April. On Twitter she’s begun billing herself as a “Bollywood actress” in addition to her other labels: Penthouse Pet of the Year 2003, Vivid Girl, Indian Adult Film Star, Owner of SunLust Pictures.
Add up all these factors and it’s easy to see why Sunny has been at the top of the AEBN weekly charts for months. No, we haven’t forgotten what brought her into the public eye, and apparently neither has Sunny, for she’s made no mention of retiring from porn.
When she started posing for men’s magazines in 2001 and doing softcore porn two years later, Sunny caught fans’ eyes as one of few adult starlets with roots in India, and her stunning beauty only made her stand out more. Sunny transitioned to hardcore in 2005, when she signed a three-year contract with Vivid Entertainment, planning to do only girl-on-girl scenes. That December saw the release of her first starring role in Sunny. Her next movie, Virtual Vivid Girl Sunny Leone, made her the first Vivid Girl to do an interactive film and won Sunny her first AVN Award (Best Interactive DVD). When she signed for six more films with Vivid in 2007, she agreed to do scenes with only one man: her then-fiancé Matt Erikson. Her first movie under this contract, Sunny Loves Matt, was also her first post-breast augmentation feature. Sunny split from Erikson in January 2008 and has since done scenes with other men.
Outside of adult films, Sunny has always been building a name for herself. She’s appeared at many events (including the 2006 World Series of Poker) and on various TV and radio shows (including E!’s Wild On, Howard Stern, and a Showtime documentary about the making of Debbie Does Dallas… Again).
Sunny’s branded products include a pocket pal molded to her vagina, the Sunny Leone Exciter vibrator, lingerie, and jewelry. In September 2009, Sunny released the first officially sanctioned iPhone application featuring a porn star, which consists of a collection of non-nude photos, some videos and a blog written by Sunny. Sunny is a tech-friendly babe in general, a fact reflected in her being named Web Starlet of the Year at the 2010 AVN Awards.
As a very savvy businesswoman on top of her other many talents, Sunny chose to release one of her most highly anticipated movies at the height of her notoriety. In January 2012 SunLust released Goddess, the movie that contains Sunny’s first anal scene! Believe us when we say it was worth the wait!