Presley in 2010
April 1, 1987
|Other names||Jenna Presley|
Brittni De La Mora (née Ruiz, known previously as Jenna Presley) (born 1 April 1987) is an American minister at Cornerstone Church in San Diego, who is now an outspoken critic regarding her life as a former pornographic actress. She was regarded as one of the world's "hottest" porn stars before she quit the industry.
Ruiz was born in 1987 in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista, California. Ruiz had a neglectful and unstable childhood; her parents, particularly her father physically and verbally abused her throughout her childhood as a result of numerous occasions of not meeting their high standards. Feeling rejected by her own family, she left home at 16.
Presley began stripping topless in Tijuana, Mexico. She continued to strip in Tijuana almost every weekend for approximately two years while she was still underage. At age 17 she began receiving treatment for anorexia nervosa, which lasted nearly three years. In 2005 she graduated with honors from Hilltop High School and briefly attended Santa Barbara City College. She studied broadcasting and journalism and worked as a telemarketer. While in college and working at a Santa Barbara strip club, a few producers asked her if she was interested in making "romance movies".
Presley entered the adult film industry in September 2005 when she was 18 years old. Around one month into her porn career she caught gonorrhea. While active in the business, she was credited with performing in over 275 films. In 2010 she was named by Maxim as one of the 12 top female stars in porn. Complex ranked her 17th on its list of "The Top 100 Hottest Porn Stars (Right Now)" in 2011.
During her time in the adult film industry, Presley was known for her ability to ejaculate, which she discovered during a sex scene with Nick Manning. Presley retired from the adult film industry in 2012.
After three years in the industry her grandparents took her to the Rock Church in San Diego, where "she raised her hand to receive Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior" after hearing a sermon from The Rev. Miles McPherson. Further inspired by Rachel Collins, a Christian pastor at XXX Church, Presley left the adult film industry in December 2012 after she completed her last scene in Las Vegas. In a 2013 interview Presley discussed a book in the making about her past struggles with drugs in the industry and about her new faith in Christianity. In August 2013, she appeared on The View with Craig Gross, pastor of the Triple X Church, to discuss her conversion to Christianity.
She was engaged twice while in the adult film industry, and on one occasion witnessed her boyfriend being murdered in front of her by a rival motorcycle gang.
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“I had many lonely nights when I cut on my wrists. I tried to kill myself. I spent all my paycheck on drugs.” After three years in the adult film industry, she was fed up. She placed a 9-1-1 call to her grandmother. “I need you, grandma,” she said. “I’m done with this. Come and get me.” During her stay with her grandparents, they took her to the Rock Church in San Diego, led by Pastor Miles McPherson. Brittni was “bawling” through most of the sermon. In response to his invitation, she raised her hand to receive Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior. The church gave her a Bible and after she got home, she devoured Genesis. “I always wondered how we became human. Finally I had the answer and I was so excited. I couldn’t put it down.”
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Things finally changed when the former porn star met Rachel Collins, a Christian pastor who works with XXX Church, a ministry that works to alleviate issues associated with porn, and who has a passion for reaching out to workers in the sex industry. Ruiz encountered her at a porn convention and the two began to talk, the Daily Mail reports. The actress was impacted by the exchange, filming her last sex scene in November 2012 and now pledging never to go back, having found Jesus. “I never found love in my life and was looking for it in all the wrong places . . . I have finally encountered the unconditional love of God, and I will never go back,” she said.
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