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Nadia Ali: The Muslim Porn Star Banned From Pakistan Says A Donald Trump Sex Scene Made Her Quit The Job.

Nadia Ali (born 1992) is an American erotic dancer who featured in some pornographic movies between 2015-16, receiving condemnation for being a practicing Muslim in that industry.
Image: Nadia Ali
The 24-year-old reveals her quest in the adult entertainment industry started in 2013 after a friend introduced her to a nightclub where she performed for $500 a night, gradually transforming into a stripper and then an escort. She said: “I made like $500 (£380) and I was so proud of myself, like, ‘Oh my god, I’m never going to go back!’ I’m never going back to my old life,” she added.
Nadia, the first child of a Pakistani-American family, says she had dreams of being a beauty star. She was born in New Jersey to a conservative Muslim family though reports say she never wore a hijab.
In an interview with Refinery29, the Muslim stripper recounts one shocking offer that made her consider quitting the “lucrative job”. She said: “After doing 20 scenes, I quit, because I realized that in some of the scenes, they were trying to make Middle Eastern people look bad. They offered me to do a scene where an all-American white guy dressed like Donald Trump is f**king a Muslim girl… I felt disrespected. That wasn’t going to be my 21st scene.”
The sex worker said she has been torn between living her life according to the dictates of her religion and expressing herself as a free citizen in the American society. “Sure, I have conflicts between my faith and my day-to-day life,” Nadia admits. “But doesn’t everybody?” She asked.
The decision to wear a hijab in her porn scenes did popularize Nadia as an adult movie star but the fame, however, sparked international controversy which has since pegged her against critics in America and abroad.
For her daring roles in the industry, it’s probable that she’ll never get a chance to see most of her extended family members who live in Pakistan. “Pakistan did not ban me because I did porn,” she clarifies. “They banned me because I wore the scarf and their traditional dress in the adult scenes and performed in Islamic wear.”
Nadia argued that her decision to wear a hijab in those movie scenes wasn’t intended to be a disrespectful act to the Muslim community. In her words: “From the Pakistani perspective, I’m basically anti-hijab and I’m disrespecting the Islamic head-wear. But it wasn’t about that — it’s me being open with my sexuality. A Middle Eastern woman that doesn’t know how to get intimate with her husband or how to masturbate or whatever, she can watch my porn and be open with her sexuality, like, ‘You’re not the only one.'”
Nadia explained that she found life really hard while growing up in New Jersey as the first child in a Pakistani family. She said everything between “modesty” and “chastity” was all her family expected. However, she adds that her parents never worried about the hijab.
“I grew up in a very strict Islamic family,” she says. “Coming from that community, it was really hard, because I felt like I was always an outcast… I felt like I was suppressed, like I wasn’t being myself.”
“[Talking about how complicated her job has been over the years] I started off as a dancer, then I started escorting, or having sex with clients,” she says, “and I kind of went on and off with dancing and escorting for a while up until 2014.” That same 2014, Nadia explained that it was a matter of life and death for her to earn some big bucks, and most importantly, become a star. The adventure made her vulnerable to accepting offers that required wearing a hijab in porn movies. Of course, she grabbed it with both hands.
“A lot of porn companies and adult companies would not shoot me and I would not get a lot of work if I did not wear the traditional Islamic, Middle Eastern wear,” she says. “I would just be a regular brunette girl with brown eyes doing another porn scene, so what’s so special about me? What’s so different about me? Why should I be famous? Why should I be well-known?”

Wearing a hijab is one of the few taboos still left in porn, and in porn, taboo sells – Refinery29.

Just like her fellow porn star Mia Khalifa [a Lebanese-American], who happens not to be a Muslim, Nadia was threatened, criticized and called names on the media for daring to perform sex scenes wearing a hijab.
“Every day, I get some type of tweet or some type of comment on my ‘gram: ‘I want to kill you,’ ‘I want to behead you and give it to your mother,’ ‘I want to behead your mother,’ ‘I want to rape your mother,’ a lot of things,” she quietly reveals. “I deal with it with kindness and I delete their message and I block them. That’s the most I can do.”
In a revelation that will sound funny to many readers, the porn star claims she still say her prayers three times a day. “I am a practicing Muslim, so I kind of have an internal conflict sometimes,” she admits. “One of the biggest main sins it’s hard to be forgiven for is adultery — having sex without marriage is a sin and doing it multiple times a day as an escort is one of the major sins that you will not be forgiven for, and I am fully aware of that, but yeah, I still pray.”
For Nadia, acting porn movies wasn’t a big deal. It was a means to an end which she utilized to achieve part of her life dreams.
“People do certain things to get by for the time being so they can get to the next level of their life,” she argues. “I feel like the porn industry helped me in so many ways. It [porn] brought me the attention that I needed, it opened [me] up to my sexuality, and I opened up as a person.”
Describing her highest points in the industry, Nadia said: “I’m not a pole trickster. “I am a twerker, belly dancer, and a sensual seduction dancer.”

The Pakistani-American isn’t ashamed of her past, in fact, she believes it served as a stepping stone to greater achievements that are yet to come. Her life-long dream of being a beauty star still glows.

“The porn industry, the companionship industry, or the dancing industry for me is a stepping stone to get in, do the dirt, make your fame, and then get out and go on to something bigger and better,” she says. “I want to open up my own beauty bar, with my own beauty app… I’ve learned over the time that I’m better off working for myself. I am an entrepreneur.

“It’s okay to be conservative and still have a sexual side, and I wanted to show that on camera,” she argues. “You being covered and you being a housewife or a house mum, you can still be okay to have an orgasm, being able to masturbate, being able to be horny — being able to seduce.”

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