Nina Mercedez

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Nina Mercedez
Nina Mercedez AEE 2013 3.jpg
Nina Mercedez at the 2013 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo
Born (1979-11-10) November 10, 1979 (age 37)[1]
Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.[1]
Other names Mercedez[2]
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[1]
Weight 184 lb (83 kg; 13.1 st)[1]
Spouse(s) Raymond Balboa[3]
Website ninamercedezxxx.com
No. of adult films 84 as performer
4 as director (per IAFD)[1]

Nina Mercedez (born November 10, 1979), formerly known as simply Mercedez, is the stage name of an American pornographic actress, model, feature dancer, director, producer, and talent agent.

Early life[edit]

Mercedez was born in Corpus Christi, Texas.[1] Her grandmother is Italian and her father is Mexican of Aztec descent.[4]

Mercedez began modeling for companies such as Walmart and Target when she was fifteen years old.[5] She later worked as a fitness model in magazines, such as Muscular Development,[2] prior to her adult entertainment career.[4]

Adult entertainment career[edit]

Mercedez began feature dancing when she was nineteen years old.[5] She initially used the mononym Mercedez, which she chose in reference to her mother's hometown of Mercedes, Texas.[2] She later added "Nina" to her stage name in order to better advertise herself on the internet, since online searches for "Mercedez" often yielded results for porn star Mercedes Ashley or the Mercedes-Benz company instead of her.[2]

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.[2] She did however, take a month-long hiatus from the company in September 2005 after her contract was unexpectedly terminated and later renewed.[6] Her first scene was with Mario Rossi in the film So I Married a Porn Star from director Paul Thomas.[5] She was among 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.[7][8] She left Vivid in January 2006 and became a free agent.[9]

Mainstream media appearances[edit]

In October 2003, Mercedez made a cameo appearance in an episode of the FOX television series Skin.[10] In August 2006, Mercedez debuted as a relationship and sex advice columnist with a column titled "Ask Nina" for Girls of Lowrider magazine.[11]

Other ventures[edit]

Nina Mercedez cosplaying as Ms. Marvel at the 2013 Wizard World New York Experience Comic Con

In September 2006, Mercedez launched her own production company, Heartbreaker Films, and signed a distribution deal with Larry Flynt Publications.[12][13] The following month, the company made a mobile licensing agreement with FunBox Mobile Corporation to make website content, such as wallpapers, video clips, and sex tips from Mercedez, available on mobile phones.[14] That same year, she launched XXXSexCash.com, an affiliate program.[15] She took a two-year hiatus from performing to focus on building the website and returned in July 2010.[16][17]

On June 15, 2013, Mercedez launched her own apparel and swimwear line called La Scorpia.[18] Mercedez also owns the website CosplayStars.com, which features photos of her and other pornographic actresses cosplaying at comic book conventions, such as Wizard-World Comic-Con, as well as upcoming appearances at these events.[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Nina Mercedez at the Internet Adult Film Database
  2. ^ a b c d e Maya Cherry (2010-07-14). "Nina Mercedez – Heartbreaker". Xtreme Magazine. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  3. ^ Marc Star (2009-06-07). "Nina Mercedez Stakes Her Claim on the Net". AVN. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  4. ^ a b c Scott Swan (2006-02-13). "Interview With Mercedez, Part I". collider.com. Archived from the original on January 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  5. ^ a b c Miss Lagsalot (2011-08-23). "Nina Mercedez — "I'm either going to do it all the way or I'm not even going to bother!"". WHACK! Magazine. Archived from the original on October 6, 2011. Retrieved 2014-03-04. 
  6. ^ Mike Ramone (2005-10-05). "Mercedez Leaves Vivid, Comes Back". AVN. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  7. ^ Ron Martin (2004-07-09). "Vivid Girls Dish Sex Tips and Anecdotes in New Book". AVN. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  8. ^ Rhett Pardon (2004-07-14). "Vivid Girls Releasing 'How to Have a XXX Sex Life'". XBIZ. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  9. ^ "Mercedez Becomes Free Agent". AVN. 2006-01-25. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  10. ^ "Vivid Girl Mercedez Appearing In Next Weeks Skin". AVN. 2003-10-31. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  11. ^ Thomas J Stanton (2006-08-16). "Nina Mercedez to Pen Magazine Columns". AVN. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  12. ^ Thomas J Stanton (2006-09-13). "Nina Mercedez's Heartbreaker Films Signs Deal with LFP". AVN. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  13. ^ Rhett Pardon (2006-09-13). "LFP Signs Distribution Deal With Nina Mercedez". XBIZ. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  14. ^ Thomas J Stanton (2006-10-25). "Nina Mercedez Makes Mobile Deal with FunBox". AVN. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  15. ^ James Tipton (2006-04-03). "Nina Mercedez Re-Launches Site". AVN. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  16. ^ Steve Javors (2010-07-26). "Nina Mercedez Returns to Performing". AVN. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  17. ^ Bob Johnson (2010-07-26). "Latin Star Nina Mercedez Returns to Porn". XBIZ. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  18. ^ Lila Gray (2013-05-02). "Nina Mercedez to Launch 'La Scorpia' Swimwear". XBIZ. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  19. ^ Lyla Katz (2013-06-27). "Nina Mercedez, Tera Patrick Sign at Wizard-World Comic-Con in New York". XBIZ. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 
  20. ^ Lyla Katz (2013-08-08). "Nina Mercedez, Tera Patrick, Taya Parker Signing at Wizard-World Comic-Con Chicago". XBIZ. Retrieved 2014-01-16. 

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