A Game of Thrones
actress has revealed how postponing a law degree to star in
porn has helped her to overcome her negative body issues.

Porn star Ella Hughes – who has nearly 200,000 social media
followers across Twitter and Instagram
and starred in the smash hit Sky HBO series as a prostitute –
now earns money by having sex on screen, performing live
stripteases on webcams, and selling her dirty lingerie to fans.

But as a young teen she hated the way she looked, felt
overweight and was cripplingly shy.

It was only when the 22-year-old, from Southampton, began
stripping onscreen that she found her confidence: ‘Before I got
into porn I was a very shy girl, I didn’t even talk to someone
on the phone.

‘I hated the sound of my own voice and never thought I was
pretty enough. 

‘I struggled a lot with weight issues. I never thought in
a million years I would be capable of doing something like
this,’ she says in an episode of the BBC Three series Sex Map
of Britain, called A Career in Porn.

Ella Hughes has amassed a huge following on social media

She uses the platform to market herself and boost her profile by posting raunchy selfies

Ella Hughes has amassed a huge following on social media, she
uses the platform to market herself and boost her profile by
posting raunchy selfies

Ella decided to postpone her law degree in order to pursue a career in porn, which has helped her body confidence issues

Ella decided to postpone her law degree in order to pursue a
career in porn, which has helped her body confidence issues

The series plots a course around the UK to meet those for whom
sex, sexuality, and starting a family is less than
straightforward.

Ella explains: ‘It wasn’t my original intention to get into
porn, my original intention was to do a law degree.

‘I’m halfway through that, I have postponed that for now. I did
a stint doing lads’ mags, then it kind of progressed from one
into the other.

‘My
love for my job conquers all critics’ 

But the former student isn’t ashamed of her time-consuming
career, instead, she says her critics fuel her fire.

‘For me I almost kind of don’t care, because my love for my job
kind of outweighs them, it conquers all.’

Ella dreams of eventually owning her own creative company and
being able to direct her own porn film, and says she’s keen to
get it set up before she enters ‘MILF’ territory.

She acknowledges that there are drawbacks to working in the
porn industry.

Ella explains how she gets sent hate mail and will often get
labelled a w****, a s*** or a prostitute – or accused of being
riddled with STIs.

Ella has been seen on the red carpet at film screenings and also appeared on Game of Thrones as a Volantene prostitute in the sixth series 

Ella has been seen on the red carpet at film screenings and
also appeared on Game of Thrones as a Volantene prostitute in
the sixth series 

The porn star's followers on social media are always game to spend money on her and Ella says that her career has flourished down to her business acumen

The porn star’s followers on social media are always game to
spend money on her and Ella says that her career has
flourished down to her business acumen

Savvy
businesswoman

Ella points out the nasty names are far from the truth,
describing herself as a savvy businesswoman who has learned to
market herself using social media – with the help of raunchy,
flesh-baring lingerie selfies.

As a result she has amassed thousands of followers, who will
pay simply to hear her utter a few sexy sentences, or flash her
breasts on a webcam. 

‘I guess you get these feminists that will say that I am not
fully in control, there is always going to be a man there
telling me what I can and can’t do looking over my
shoulder. 

‘But at the end of the day I am a businesswoman, I am my own
company and if that’s not power to women then what is?’

Sex Map of Britain: A Career in
Porn is available to watch on BBC Three iPlayer
now