Nina Mercedez (born November 10, 1979), formerly known as simply Mercedez , is the name of an American entrepreneur , pornographic actress , model , feature dancer , director , producer , photographer , fashion designer , cosplayer , talent agent , and webmaster . [6]

Early life

Mercedez began life in Corpus Christi , Texas . [2] Her grandmother is Italian and her dad is Mexican of Aztec descent. [5]

Mercedez began modelling for companies like Walmart and Target when she had been fifteen years old. [9] She later worked as a fitness model in magazines, like Muscular Development , [3] prior to her adult entertainment career. [5]

Adult entertainment career

Mercedez began feature dancing when she had been nineteen years old. [9] She initially used the mononym Mercedez , which she chose in reference to her mother's hometown of Mercedes, Texas . [3] She later added "Nina" to her stage name in order to better advertise herself on the internet, after online searches for "Mercedez" most often yielded results for porn star Mercedes Ashley or the Mercedes-Benz company instead of her. [3]

Vivid Entertainment contract

Mercedez entered the adult film industry after contacting Steven Hirsch and signing a contract with Vivid Entertainment , a company she remained exclusively contracted to for four years. [3] She did however, take a month-long hiatus from the company in September 2005 after her contract was unexpectedly terminated and later renewed. [10] Her first scene was with Mario Rossi in the film So I Married a Porn Star from director Paul Thomas . [9] She had been amongst the Vivid contract performers who contributed to the book How to Have a XXX Sex Life: The Ultimate Vivid Guide , which was released on July 20, 2004. [11] [12] In August 2005, Doc Johnson released a sex doll of Mercedez as part of the company's Vivid Blow-Up Doll Collection. [13] She left Vivid in January 2006 and became a free agent. [14]

Mainstream media appearances

In October 2003, Mercedez made a cameo appearance in an episode of the FOX television series Skin . [15]

In August 2006, Mercedez debuted as a relationship and sex advice columnist with a column titled "Ask Nina" for Girls of Lowrider magazine. [16]

In 2010, Complex ranked Mercedez forty-sixth on their list of "The 50 Prettiest Porn Stars of All Time" [17] and twenty-fourth on their list of "The 25 Hottest Texan Women". [18] Complex additionally ranked her seventy-fifth on their list of "The Top 100 Hottest Porn Stars (Right Now)" in 2011. [19]

Other ventures

Adult industry

In September 2006, Mercedez launched her own production company, Heartbreaker Films, and signed a distribution deal with Larry Flynt Publications . [20] [21] The following month, the company made a mobile licencing agreement with FunBox Mobile Corporation to make website content, like wallpapers, video clips, and sex tips from Mercedez, available on mobile phones. [22] That same year, she launched XXXSexCash.com, an affiliate program . [23] She took a two-year hiatus from performing to focus on building the website and returned in July 2010. [24] [25] She additionally owns the XXXFastPass network of adult actress websites and the photography studio Desperado Digital. [6]

In January 2011, Mercedez's company, Heartbreaker Films, signed a distribution deal with Exile Distribution. [26] On July 27, 2011, the company released the film Nina Mercedez: Popular Demand , which features Mercedez's first double penetration sex scene. [27]

In August 21, 2011, Mercedez and fellow actress Lexi Lamour launched a talent agency for feature dancers called Feature Elite, which is based in Las Vegas . [28]

Mainstream

On June 15, 2013, Mercedez launched her own apparel and swimwear line called La Scorpia. [29]

Mercedez additionally owns the website CosplayStars.com, which features photos of her and additional pornographic actresses cosplaying at comic book conventions , like Wizard-World Comic-Con , as well as upcoming appearances at these events. [30] [31]

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Category Work Result
2004 AVN Award Best New Starlet [33] N/A Nominated
Best All-Girl Sex Scene – Film (with Jesse V) [33] Women in Uniform Nominated
Best Oral Sex Scene – Film (with Steven French) [33] So I Married a Porn Star Nominated
Best Sex Scene Coupling – Film (with Tony Tedeschi ) [33] So I Married a Porn Star Nominated
Best Group Sex Scene – Film (with Mario Rossi, Jesse V, Natasha Dolling & Tony Tedeschi ) [33] So I Married a Porn Star Nominated
2006 AVN Award Best Anal Sex Scene – Film (with Trevor Zen) [35] Emotions Nominated
FAME Award Favorite Breasts (finalist) [36] N/A Nominated
2007 AVN Award Best Actress – Video [38] Illicit Nominated
FAME Award Hottest Body (finalist) [39] N/A Nominated
2008 FAME Award Favorite Breasts (finalist) [40] N/A Nominated
2009 AVN Award Best All-Girl 3-Way Sex Scene (with Jenaveve Jolie & Sophia Santi ) [42] Chop Shop Chicas Nominated
Best All-Girl Group Sex Scene (with Tera Patrick , Savanna Samson , Lanny Barby, Monique Alexander, Stefani Morgan, Lexie Marie, The Love Twins & Tawny Roberts ) [42] Where the Boys Aren't 19 Nominated
Best Solo Sex Scene [42] Go Fuck Myself 5 Nominated
2012 XBIZ Award Porn Star Site of the Year [44] NinaMercedezXXX.com Nominated
2013 AVN Award Best Porn Star Website [46] NinaMercedezXXX.com Nominated
2014 XBIZ Award Crossover Star of the Year [47] N/A Nominated
Performer Site of the Year [47] NinaMercedez.com Nominated