Award-winning adult performer Dani Daniels is one of the 25 highest-ranked porn stars on Pornhub, with over 250 million video views and commenters regularly praising her as “one of the sexiest women on planet Earth, hands down.” But more than that, Daniels is known for her versatility. Some of her top-rated videos of all time are girl-girl, solo, and group sex scenes. In fact, she’s won eight AVNs (aka the Oscars of porn) in those categories and has been nominated for countless others. But there’s more to this California girl than her legendary curves and clout in the porn industry.

7 things you never knew about Dani Daniels

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1) She’s didn’t have sex with men on film until 2012 

Dani Daniels began to consider working in porn after she dropped out of art school and was stripping to pay off her student loans. She overheard that it’s possible to be a girl-on-girl adult performer and was excited about the prospects of having more sex with women. She flew out to L.A., signed with OCModeling, and launched her career as an adult entertainer.

Daniels is very open about her bisexuality and only did girl/girl scenes with companies like Club 59/Elegant, Filly Films, Sweetheart Video, and Girlfriends Films before her first boy/girl scene with Elegant Angel around 2012.

When talking about what makes men and women sexy to her, Daniels told XCritic:

I like hourglass women. I like women that classic painters used to paint. I like women that look like they could eat a cheeseburger shamelessly. I like strong, confident women. I like women that have hips to hold on to and tits and ass to enjoy. I like women who love other women. That’s a huge thing for me….Give me a man that smells like a man, curses like a sailor, and can man handle me like the woman I am. Someone that treats me like a lady and opens doors and such for me. Give me a man with confidence, not an ego.

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2) She makes art under the name Kira Lee 

Though Daniels dropped out of art school after only two years, she’s still a passionate artist. She works mostly with spray enamel and acrylic gel pen, and she uses a technique she claims to have pioneered called Typographic Pointilism—using lyrics and words to form portraits and iconic images. Her art is mostly inspired by musicians, something she became interested in during high school. Some of her favorite works include an image of Muhammad Ali, a rendition of Pink Floyd’s famous triangular prism, and a recreation of the famous Abbey Road image from the Beatles’ album of the same name.

Photo via Dani Daniels/Kira Lee (CC-BY)

She told Xbiz that though she never used to show her work, an ex found her paintings once and motivated her to keep at it and show the world.

3) Daniels has two supportive moms 

In an interview for her website, Daniel revealed that though she had a “normal” childhood, she grew up with two moms, which she says some may consider abnormal. She told Adult DVD Talk that her parents have always been supportive of her work as an adult entertainer:

My mom is my biggest fan. She always calls me and tells me how proud she is of me and it’s the best! It makes me laugh because our country is so sheltered and afraid of sex, people are always like, ‘Wow, your mom supports it?’ And I always respond, ‘Well, yea, as long as I’m safe and happy, she doesn’t care what I do because she’s an intelligent, un-sheltered woman.’

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4) She’s learning to legally fly a plane

As of 2016, Daniels talked to Xbiz about completing flight school training and discussed her love for aviation, which has actually made its way into some of her scenes. She wants to finish school and receive her private pilot’s license so she can jet around the world on her own terms.  

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5) Before she became an adult entertainer, Daniels had never watched porn

In an interview with Fleshbot, Daniels revealed that she didn’t watch porn before she became a performer and still doesn’t really watch it. She definitely doesn’t watch or masturbate to her own scenes but told Adult DVD Talk that sometimes she’ll watch the non-sex parts to check out her acting skills. 

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6) She waited months before announcing her engagement 

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On New Year’s Day, Vic Cipolla proposed to Daniels in Times Square, but the couple didn’t go public with the proposal for almost two months fearing judgment from fans and followers. In her Instagram post announcing the engagement, Daniels explained why she decided to finally tell her fans the news:

I…was afraid it would hurt my popularity if I was public about being ‘a married woman.’ I let it all scare me into keeping our wonderful joyous engagement a secret for over 2 months. I don’t know what came over me this morning but I stopped giving a fuck. I am engaged to the most incredible, loving, compassionate, driven, wondrous, adventurous, sexual, open minded, fun, successful, passionate, ballsy, Sicilian man on the planet and I have never been happier.

Cipolla works in PR at the Evil Genius Group and is a self-proclaimed coffee addict and scotch connoisseur. He frequently posts pictures of Daniels and writes about their relationship on his Instagram.

7) Her adorable French bulldog Darwin has his own Twitter 

Any one of Daniel’s Instagram followers could tell you about Darwin, Daniels’ furry little companion. Darwin joins Daniels on trips, poses in costumes, and even goes swimming with his mom. She has specified to Xcritic that she’s solidly a dog person and adds, “ I hate cats, but I LOVE pussy.”

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

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