Kira Kener

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Kira Kener
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Kira Kener at the AVN Adult Entertainment Expo 2002 in Las Vegas
Born Stephanie Knain
(1974-08-11) August 11, 1974 (age 40)
San Jose, California, U.S.[1]
Ethnicity Norwegian/Vietnamese
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Weight 110 lb (50 kg; 7.9 st)
No. of adult films 77 (per IAFD)

Kira Nicole Kener (born Stephanie Knain[2][3] on August 11, 1974) is an American former pornographic actress. She has legally changed her name to Kira Kener and registered it as a trademark.[4]

Early life[edit]

Kener was born and raised in San Jose, California.[1] She is Eurasian, as her father is of Norwegian ancestry and her mother is of Vietnamese ancestry.[5][6]

Career[edit]

As with many hardcore porn stars, Kener began her career in the adult industry as a feature dancer before being approached by Vivid Video in 1999 for her hardcore debut in the film Nurses.[6] She was Penthouse Pet of the Month for December 2002[1] and also shared the cover of Playboy in March 2002 with several other adult-film stars. She was a contributing writer to the book How to Have a XXX Sex Life: The Ultimate Vivid Guide, published in 2004. She is also one of thirty porn-stars featured in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders's book, XXX: 30 Porn-Star Portraits. In February 2007, Digital Playground released the DVD Virtual Sex With Kira Kener and is the only hardcore release in which the male subject does not wear a condom while having intercourse with Kener.

Kener was under exclusive contract with Vivid Video from 1999 to 2005.[6] She was the third Asian porn star to ever sign with Vivid, after Asia Carrera and Kobe Tai.[1]

Kener currently resides in North Carolina and continues to feature dance at clubs across the United States.

In 2005 Kener filed a lawsuit against Vivid Video for wrongful termination, breach of website agreement and federal trademark dilution. The lawsuit included allegations of unsanitary health conditions on a Vivid Video set and Vivid Video's disregard for the health and safety of the performers in its films.

According to the lawsuit, Kener was infected with a sexually transmitted disease after using a sex toy in February 2004.

The suit was settled in April 2007; terms of the settlement were not disclosed.[7]

In 2011, Complex magazine ranked her at #35 in their list of "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time".[8]

Personal life[edit]

Kener states that her parents are very supportive of her career and that her brother handles the online shipping of her films.[9]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Result Category Work
2001 AVN Award Nominated Best Couples Sex Scene - Film (with Erik Everhard) Facade[10]
Nominated Best Group Sex Scene - Film (with April, Inari Vachs, Vince Vouyer & Bobby Vitale)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gerrie Lim (1 May 2006). In Lust We Trust: Adventures in Adult Cinema. Monsoon Books. p. 1996. ISBN 978-981-4358-12-5. 
  2. ^ PDF of Vivid Video's motion for summary adjudication in the case of Kener v. Vivid
  3. ^ "Porn Star Pleased To Have Sex Toy Case Behind Her". CBS News. 2007-04-24. Archived from the original on 2007-04-27. Retrieved 2007-04-25. 
  4. ^ PDF of plaintiff's complaint in Kener v. Vivid
  5. ^ Biography on kirakenerlive.com
  6. ^ a b c "Kira Kener's Biography". Retrieved 2007-08-25. 
  7. ^ Luke Ford biographical details about Kira Kener
  8. ^ Gabriel Alvarez (2011-09-19). "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time". Complex. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  9. ^ Jon Ibrahim (2007-06-20). "Porn is just her job, not her identity". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2014-08-16. 
  10. ^ "2001 AVN Awards Nominations List". AVN.com. Archived from the original on 2001-03-09. Retrieved 2014-08-16. 

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