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Porn Star Tasha Reign's Secret Life as a UCLA Student

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Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM
click to enlarge From porn star to UCLA women's studies major - W.B. FONTENOT
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  • From porn star to UCLA women's studies major

"What is sex?" the professor asks her class, deadpan, on a hot August day.

The room is quiet except for the steady tapping of a nervous foot, belonging to a tan blonde. It's the first day of class - summer session at UCLA. The students in "Sex and the Cinema" are a mix: curious female underclassmen, perplexed Asian foreign-exchange tiger children, a back row of overly excited young males in backward caps and board shorts.

Three groups, and then one person who breaks the mold. The blonde. Rachel. Her hair is in pigtails, one hand wrapped around her rhinestone-encrusted iPhone, the other fingering her pink pen. She fidgets and she giggles, her light green eyes glancing from phone to professor constantly. She stashes her Louis Vuitton bag below her desk, tucks her feet under her petite frame and curls up in her seat.

The prof, Jennifer Moorman, says the class will focus on film's relationship with sex, from cinema's early black-and-white days to today's adult industry. Nothing is off limits.

"This is so cool," Rachel coos to herself.

"What is sex?" Moorman asks again.

"Penetration," answers a brave dude in the back row. The class snickers.

Moorman nods and repeats the word. "What else?"

"Intercourse," says a girl who looks like her experience has been limited to reading 50 Shades of Grey.

"Technically, intercourse and penetration can be a variety of orifices," Moorman clarifies.

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Rachel can barely control herself, a devilish smile painted ear to ear.

"Is kissing sex?" Moorman prods. The class can't decide. "Whether sex is a positive or negative thing, frequently women being sexual is viewed as bad," Moorman declares.

"I'm a bad girl," Rachel says under her breath.

Is she?

At UCLA, she's Rachel. (Just Rachel - she prefers that we not use her last name.) A few miles north, in the Valley, she's Tasha Reign, the adult starlet and Penthouse Pet who's made a name for herself by starring in more than 50 films in a little more than a year.

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