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Dominique Simone Biography
Aliases: Coco, Dominique, Dominique Seymour, Dominque Simone, Domonique, Domonique Simone
Born: June 18, 1971 In Atlanta, Georgia
Height: 5 ft. 5 in. Weight: 125 lbs.
Dominique, born Deidre Morrow grew up in small southern fried Atlanta, Georgia where she spent her youth in an ever changing environment. Early on before within her junior high days she aspired to be a dancer and entertainer in the exotic realm. After she graduated high school she transferred to Los Angeles to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Dominique quickly found her aspirations clouded by ever growing competition and low income earning possibilities in the fashion dog eat dog world. Setting aside her current plans, Domi would answer classified ads for modeling and publicity. Soon being transformed into seductress sexual spread shooting starlet, Domi would grace the pages of periodical pieces in Hustler and Players.
Admitting on a popular talk show to an early entry into the world of sex by an youthful acquaintance, realizing a loss of her virginity in her pre teen years, as a personal development mark of meaning. She would see a lot of challenges as she grew up in the fast paced adult world of relentless materialism and non personal meaning. With a strict upbringing by a true southern Baptist loving Grandmother, perhaps the drive and dissolve of her birth parents involvement within her life caused the attraction to the wild life of her post teen days.
There was no preference to production style or set favor, Miss Simone structured herself early on to a strict discipline which would produce well over 200 scenes of dynamo sex scenes. Thriving resolve put Dominique on our watch list for stardom certainty. Dominique freely and devotedly put her talents to best use to get "one simple result" perfection to performance production and pleasure. To no surprise her fleshy features of majesty are a crowd pleasing vision to survey.
From her first days her pursuit to satisfaction and adult film celebrity, Dominique takes on never-ending acts of changeable forms of sexual amuse, no matter the role, no matter the endeavor or exploit Dominique turns out her act flamboyantly.
Her form tells a big story of portraying a polished yet powerful physique of pleasure possessed Tits and Ass and to poutingly plump lips of prowess and complimentary crowd agreeably abundant "bootylicious" lady parts, no ebony seeking fan should ever be left wanting for she packs the total knockout punch of ebony resolve.
Not long after entering the adult scene in print production and entertaining the local nightclub gents, Dominique began the search for the next big thing. She was a natural fit wherever she was but she knew it was time to take the next move. Easily seeing the possibility to structure a more promising financial outlook, she took on dvd movie sets and productions.
As her career has moved on so has her ever-changing appearance. No major enhancements at any one time but always tuning up and or trimming in all the necessary places to remain the polished ebony princess she once and forever shall be. Most recent was her not surprising induction into the AVN Hall of Fame, touting her as the 4th African American woman of modern day to praise this title as of the Year ending 2007.
Dominique shows no aversion to the vocation she trades and it really shows. She remarked of some of her recent shots to being reminded of just how much she likes and enjoys her trade. Dominique proclaims a new found "surge" of energy to perform, amidst her recent teamings with cross industry spectacles such as Snoop Dog, Montell Jordan and Brian McKnight, Dominique is settling into the Southern California Lifestyle as of recent days and still pops up in the public spectacle form time to time.
Interview courtesy of Luke Ford
After months of rumors about her health and career, Domonique Simone has her say (and dishes some serious dirt on Alicia Rio, Solveig and Champagne). She talked with Luke Ford......here are portions, reprinted by permission (The House Of Truth takes no responsibility for comments made in said interview).
Email: Hi Luke, It's Domonique Simone. How are you? Well I wanted you to know what's going on with me. I will be at the show in Vegas. I will have a complete new look. I look and feel great. I have been busting my ass in the gym. I'm training with Angela Bassett's trainer. My body now looks better than it ever has.
People have been talking major shit about me like Champagne, Solveig, Gabor, and Miss Alicia Rio. Well let me tell you the real story. Miss Rio talks about condoms and safe sex when I know for a fact that she was sleeping with someone who is HIV positive with no condoms. She needs a DNA test she also is a backstabbing bitch. I was her friend for 9 yrs and she turned around and tried to wreck my family and tried to get my baby's father to take my child from me.
I broke my contract with Gabor because unlike most girls in this business, I'm intelligent and I have class. I don't have to work for cheap and lower my standards for $.You can still maintain an element of class in this industry.
As for Champagne she is another one that has bad mouthed me when she really needs to go in for Lipo3 times before she can remove all the fat from her ass. And as for the Transexual looking Solveigh (poor Girl). Luke I am not a vicious person, and I do admit that I had a drug problem. I went through Betty Ford and now I am active in helping others with drug problems. It is so unfortunate that people in the industry can not stick together.
Domonique: "I've been so busy. I had liposuction done and I've been busting my butt in the gym for six months with this trainer. I had a baby who's 14 months old... Then I went to the Betty Ford clinic for a while to clear up my drug problem... Now I'm ready to get back and start dancing...
"But it's hard. The business has changed so much... I started in 1989... I had a contract with Gabor [of Heatwave] in March and I just couldn't handle it. He wanted me to do really degrading movies and DPs and anals and hooker this and booty that... I'm not into that kind of stuff. I hate being stereotyped...and I broke my contract in May. Before that, I had not been in the business for two years.
"Now I've got myself back together and I'm getting my website going and I have a few clubs that want to book me [for stripping]."
Luke: "What broke down between you and Gabor?"
Domonique: "I'm not an anal type person... Even before my contract, I did not do a lot of anal. He wanted me to do DPs and Anal and he really tried to take advantage of me... And I hate people who try to take advantage of the girls in the industry. Most of the girls don't realize that we have a mind of our own and we can say no. And when I did that, he started saying, 'Well, I can get this person to do it.' And I said, 'Get 'em.' I wasn't going to lower my standards just because he felt like I needed him.
"I walked off one of Gabor's sets when I was working with Jim Lane. He's very degrading to women... I said 'Forget it.' The money's not that important to me. And because I did that, he badmouthed me, saying I was on drugs... Then I went to Betty Ford and got involved with people who have drug problems..."
Luke: "What happened between you and Alicia Rio?"
Domonique: "I invited Alicia Rio to my house in November of 1998 to see my baby. My baby was born in October. She came over, met my baby's father, slipped him her number... And started calling him. Well, me and my baby's father had a huge fight over this. It totally split up my family. My son is now with my mother.
"It created a big custody battle because the police came and took my son from me. Placed my son with my mother.
"So Alicia moved in with my baby's father and tried to get him to marry her so she could take my child from me. And this is a girl that I have known for nine years. I was there for her when she was on the streets. I was there for her when she threw herself out the window. I was always there for her and I couldn't believe that she'd do something like that to me.
"He finally realized what type of person she was and he ended up having to throw her out of his house. And when he tried to throw her out of his house, she tore up his house and kicked her foot through his window. And he had to call the police [in November of 1998]. Then, when the police came, she told them that he beat her up. So he ended up going to jail. I ended up having to go get him out of jail and get him an attorney. And it was a big big mess. Then she went to the police and said that he beat her up and he had to go through all of this stuff and she just caused a big disaster for my family. And this all came about from me inviting her over to see my son. This girl who I thought was my best friend.
"That made me relapse [into cocaine use]. It totally devastated me. My son was with my mother. Me and my baby's father were battling in court. It corrupted my life. She called me and told me how she was sorry and how she wanted to be my friend and could I forgive her. But I could never forgive someone that destroyed my family. I would never have done anything like that to her.
"I was reading this stuff on your site and all the things she says about this and that and she is so full of shit. Nobody really knows the real Alicia Rio. She's an evil vindictive person. Anyone that would try to take your child away from you, after being your friend for nine years, just because of a fling she had with the baby's father for a week, is a very vindictive person."
Luke: "What's going on with you and Solveig?"
Domonique: "When all this stuff happened, I stayed on Solveig's house. And I had just had a baby two months before and she was badmouthing me and telling people that I was fat... When I signed a contract with Gabor in December of 1998, and she was really jealous... And she called my mother in West Virginia and told her I was getting back into porn. And got my mother really upset.
"I never realized Solveig was jealous of me... And when people are jealous of you, they want to stick close to you, and get to know everything about you... And I was giving Solveig $800 to sleep on her couch until I got a new place. And this is someone who is supposed to be my friend. And when I went to leave her place, she wouldn't give me a key to get in. And all my stuff was there. And so I ended up giving her another $500 to get my stuff out of her place.
"And then when I left her place... I had done a little thing for her movie 'Solveig's Way.' And she asked me if I would have my fan club mail come to her address. She kept all of my mail. She opened my mail. A lot of people wanted to join my fan club. She told them that I was on drugs. That I was fucked up. That they should join her fan clubs.
"I started my own fan club and I had all these guys who said that she had responded to them and told them that I was on drugs and living on the street. So I sent a friend of mine over to her house to pick up my mail and when he brought it, he saw that it had all been opened. I read some of the letters. Guys had sent me money. One guy had sent me a really nice purse and jacket and skirt from an expensive place in Beverly Hills, and it wasn't in there.
"And then Champagne, she's another one. Me and her were really good friends at one time. She said, 'I want you to move in with me. We could start a production company. Because you have a really big name...' Basically, we just wanted to use me for my name so that she could get people for herself. I tried to help her out and I moved into her place as her roommate.
"Champagne said, 'Let me put your pictures on my website. I'll help you out...' And she was using me. Getting all these guys by using my name. 'I'm representing Domonique Simone.' And I didn't even know she was doing a website with me. I moved out of her house and said, 'I'm sick of all these girls. I am going to get my own place and get myself together.' And that is the best revenge, to come looking good and be better than them.
"I had all these people saying crazy stuff about me that wasn't true. And Luke, I do admit that I had a drug problem. I was addicted to cocaine. But at least I was woman enough to do something about it. I spent a ton of money putting myself through rehab and I got myself together. I just want to clear my name. I don't want people to think that I am some crack whore living in downtown LA, pushing a cart. Someone heard that I was dead."
Sunday, August 27, 2006
An Intimate Conversation with Domonique Simone
by Christopher Whaley
Domonique Simone played a significant role in developing my sexuality. She personified Black adult entertainment in the 1990ís and became our Goddess of Love. Her pictorials were elegant and her films were explosive. Like Vanessa del Rio before her, Domonique could captivate you with her over-the-top performances. Need a reference? Peep 1993ís Black Butt Jungle and see how she leaves Peter North gasping for air and Debi Diamond in a state of shock. The lady was adult entertainmentís first Black superstar, with numerous magazine layouts, top-selling films, and packed club appearances to vouch for her success.
Society at large has a love/hate relationship with adult entertainment. On one hand, Jenna Jamesonís autobiography is a best seller and on the other, many people called for Bill Clintonís head on a platter after his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Since 1971ís Deep Throat, the business has skyrocketed into a multi-billion dollar industry with its own legends and success stories. However, when it comes to life as an adult entertainer on the other side of the color line, the playing field has never been leveled. Of course the pay is nowhere near equal and some venues wonít even book a Black entertainer for reasons that border on the ridiculous. Strides have been made and the walls are slowly but surely falling, but thereís still a long way to go.
At 35- years-old, Domonique Simone is a legend. Her name is mentioned in the same echelon as Jeannie Pepper, Ebony Ayes, Angel Kelly, Heather Hunter, and Janet Jacme. Her body of work is classic and she will have her place in the history of adult entertainment as one of the pioneers. She has persevered and weathered the highs and lows that fame can bring and stood the true test of time.
When the opportunity presented itself to interview Domonique, I seized it. The time has been long overdue to hear about life in ďthe other HollywoodĒ from a Black adult entertainerís perspective. I wanted to know her story and furthermore, I wanted to know her up close and personal. Iíve heard about the rumors and I have read the interviews where she has often been misquoted and what I got was an intimate conversation that took me deep inside the heart of a very wonderful young lady. Many people have seen Domonique Simone in all her naked glory and lucky me Ė I got to see an amazing human being.
POETICROCKSTAR: So letís get started, Domonique. I remember at one time there was talk of your singing career. Iím sure a lot of folks have no idea that Domonique Simone is a very gifted vocalist. Tell me a bit about that if you donít mind.
Domonique Simone: I wanted to sing at one point and the music business is tough.
PRS: Iím aware that the music business is very cutthroat.
DS: Yes, more than the movies. I trained with this guy named Seth Riggs and he trained Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin Ė heís an awesome vocal trainer. He wanted people to take me serious as a singer because he only produces chart toppers. In order to work with me, he wanted to develop me where I was gonna be someone that would be on the charts. I met several people who wanted to bring me to different labels and Iíve been all around the music scene. I donít like the music business and plus the talent is not getting their money with the free downloads like Limewire and itís just a really tough business right now.
PRS: Itís so funny that weíre starting off this conversation with your singing because I recall an interview you did in 1993 with Black Tail magazine. In the article, it was a picture of you and a gentleman sitting together and you were talking about your desire to sing. You mentioned Seth Riggs and the more youíre talking to me about it, the more everything is coming back to me. However Domonique, letís fast forward a few years later and a certain adult entertainer contacted me about performing on a track with her and at first, I was excited but then I realized that it would be a novelty act and I wanted to be taken serious as a spoken word artist. At that time, you had several entertainers who were doing their thing in the music business as well. Still, regardless of how great their skills were, they would always be looked at as porn stars making music.
DS: I didnít wanna do it that way either. Weíll always be seen as porn stars no matter what weíre doing. You have that label and even with Tracy Lords, whoís done better than most of the girls, the only other person thatís doing as good as she did is Jenna Jameson.
PRS: Speaking of Jenna Jameson, how is it that she and Tera Patrick become these huge stars and you have Black talent thatís just as good mind you, scraping the bottom of the barrel?
DS: The reason why Jenna Jameson and Tera Patrick do very well is they have big huge companies like Vivid and Wicked backing them. These companies are more apt to put money into their careers than a Black actress because these girls have the Whites, the Blacks, the Asians Ė you know what I mean, Chris? So their fan base isnít limited. Whereas someone like me and Heather Hunter Ė when Heather came out everyone was ďHeather Hunter, Heather Hunter!Ē because she was this light-skinned Black girl and everybody thought she was the hottest thing. When I came out and then had my boobs done, I started getting more work. I had what you call ďcrossover appeal.Ē They want you to appeal to a wide spectrum of people because they make more money. And with the Black actresses I donít know what it is, but they donít put enough money into us because they donít make as much. Itís all about the dollar bill. It really is. The business has always been that way. They didnít start to put Black girls on covers until they saw that the interracial movies were selling off the shelves. I just happened to come into the business during that time when Heather was already out and I guess I appealed to more of the Black audience, along with Janet Jacme.
PRS: So thatís how the business works?
DS: Right. So they said ďweíre gonna do something with this.Ē I was over at Video Team Ė I love Video Team. They were very good to me. Thatís where the My Baby Got Back series got started. I was in a series called In Loving Color and me and Janet Jacme went and auditioned for In Living Color. I told the owner I was going to audition because Iím thinking Iím cute and got big boobs and theyíll put me on TV! You know how we think! And Iím over there and I canít even dance! Iím dancing for Keenan and Rosie Perez and they are just laughing and I was so embarrassed! And Janet? She can dance! That girl can throw down! So I came home and the owner asked about the audition and I said ďbaby didnít have enough back!Ē And he was like ďmy babyís got backĒ and he said he wanted to do the cover next week. It was me, Janet, and another girl. I had this girl that was living with me from New York who had never done any movies and her name was Lorna Dee and got her on the cover. Thatís how that series got started. Right now theyíre up to like number thirty-something?
PRS: Yeah, theyíre up there!
DS: I know. But that series did really well and I feel like I opened the doors for a lot of Black girls in the business. The reason is they werenít putting us on covers. I made the cover of Adult Video News, which I donít think has happened again, another Black girl on the cover. At least I havenít seen one. I was in magazines like Hustler and theyíre beginning to put more Black girls in Hustler. Iíve yet to see one in Penthouse. Guccione Ė I donít think heís into that unless youíre a celebrity and heís making some big money like with Vanessa Williams.
PRS: And what about Black features at clubs? I hear that some venues will not feature a Black entertainer and thatís so crazy!
DS: The clubs didnít wanna bring in a Black feature because they didnít think we would have the draw that one of the White performers would draw. There are a lot of Black girls in the business now; the business has changed so much to where theyíre not paying what they used to pay. And the box covers are not as glamorous as they used to be.
PRS: I agree with you wholeheartedly, Domonique! Some of the stuff I see now is like strictly for shock value. Thereís nothing that says sensual at all.
DS: Everything is all stock photos and gonzos right now. I think what sells right now is more realism, more of the girl next door.
PRS: It seems the era that produced you, Janet Jacme, Persia, and Anna Amore gave us some very classy entertainment. Nowadays you have some young ladies who will do just anything! Why is that?
DS: Big Booty Hoes and stuff like that! I always said that I donít wanna do a cover like that. A few companies that shot the covers have tricked me and call it Black This and I donít like that. Iíve gone to the video store and looked at some of the covers and they are so nasty. I like the more glamorous type flicks. It has changed a lot. Video Team wanted me to come back and do some things for them and if I came back and did a film, I would want to do my own stuff and produce. Itís no money in the business right now and itís over saturated with actors and actresses that a lot of girls are working for much cheaper that they did when we were around.
PRS: So if you could make changes, what would you suggest?
DS: The thing is to start your own production company. Itís difficult too because you really have to be in to get in. Plus you really have to know the laws and you gotta have some money backing you. If you go in with some money it will be fairly easy because you can afford the attorney fees if you ship a movie over to Texas thatís not supposed to be there or you ship an anal film to Atlanta and anal is illegal in Atlanta. So you have to know all these different laws for these different states to keep from getting in trouble with the distribution part. Itís just really, really difficult.
PRS: When you say the business has changed, would you say that itís changed in a drastic way?
DS: Itís really changed. The last movie I watched was one of Peter Northís movies, one of his North Pole movies. I thought it was really cool. I never really watched my movies; I just fast forward through them to see how they looked. I could never really watch myself having sex! And I hardly go into the video store because I go in there and guys lose their minds. Theyíre looking at a box and then theyíre looking at me and itís kinda weird.
PRS: In my opinion, the business changed around 1996. Thatís when Jasmin St. Claire did The Worldís Biggest Gangbang 2 and all of a sudden, it was like a race to see how extreme they could get with the adult entertainment business. Once that happened, then everyone tried to one-up the next person.
DS: It was like who could do the nastiest movie. I didnít like the direction it was turning in at that point. I did a gangbang but I did seven guys and when I did The Howard Stern Show, he was like ďthat was hardly a gangbang!Ē Now they are doing like 600 guys at once. There was a girl who supposedly 2,000.
PRS: See, thatís ridiculous!
DS: They were doing an interview on the radio and they were talking about Jasminís movie and they were saying that itís self-mutilation.
PRS: Well think about it: you got all these guys humpiní away at you and you forget that you have to go home and go to bed later that night!
DS: She was miserable. They did some outtakes and she was miserable. Poor girl, I couldíve never done something like that. I donít care how much money they pay me and I know she didnít get paid what she deserved for that. She probably got a down payment on a car! Shit, she shouldíve gotten enough to put a down payment on a house!
PRS: So Domonique, how did you get started in the business? Tell me that story.
DS: I came out here to LA on a scholarship to attend a school called Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. In fact, I went to school with Alexis Arquette. We were in the same class and used to see each other all the time. I was going to school and took a job as a manager at a clothing store and I was in an apartment with three other girls. Two of the girls, one was from New York and decided she wanted to go to FIT. Another girl was from Dallas and she wanted to go home and the other girl was from Chicago and she ended up staying with me. What happened was when they left, we couldnít cover their rent and they were gonna evict me and my roommate. I was looking through The LA Weekly and I saw this ad looking for figure models. I went in to see him and it was like make $500 daily, but I didnít know he was a porn guy. So I went in and he was like ďI can get you in Players, Hustler, and others.Ē I couldnít do that shit! Iím from Georgia and my grandmother would kill me! And he said ďcome back when you wanna make some money.Ē So I get back home and itís like Ė theyíre getting ready to evict us. I thought well, Iím gonna have to do this photo shoot. My first photo shoot was for Hustler magazine. Itís ironic because the girl I shot with, her name was Domonique Simone as well. She wasnít an actress; she was a magazine girl, a dancer. There was a girl on the set and she did adult films and she invited me on the set and thatís how I got started.
DS: This happened in like, June. In July they had a big show that they have in Vegas every summer and I was invited to go there. That movie that I worked on, that first production, Angel Kellyís boyfriend was on that set and he wasnít an actor Ė his dad was Henri Pachard. So he liked me, and he wanted to date me! Angel found out about it and she wanted to know this girl that her boyfriend liked. Then I go to the show and Angel is there and she saw me and said ďoh, sheís cuteĒ and approached me about her boyfriend! And I didnít even know him that well! She tells me sheís about to do her last movie which was called Even More Dangerous. She was looking for someone to play her sister and she asked me if I would wanna do that and thatís how I got my first leading role.
PRS: So this is perhaps 1990, 1991?
PRS: At the time you came in, thinking back on the 80ís, you had Jeannie Pepper, Angel Kelly, Ebony Ayes, and Nina DePonca. You come along and the new era is ushered in.
DS: Yeah, and then it was Heather Hunter, Domonique Simone, Janet Jacme, Persia, Champagne.
PRS: And you ladies were in a league of your own. You all brought glamour and sophistication and really changed the game. However, I want to ask you a film you did called Black Mariah.
DS: OhhhÖ yesÖ Black Mariah.
PRS: What was the story behind that film?
DS: I went in and shot a cover for a movie. They were really hush-hush about it. They said it was called Black Mariah or something. They didnít even have the ďBlackĒ in front of it. I just went in and shot my scenes Ė I didnít know what was going on the set. They did it to where they were very secretive about it the whole movie. Iíve never seen the movie, but Iíve heard a lot about it and Iím so upset and embarrassed about it. I didnít know the scenes were in that movie.
PRS: It was rather disturbing, Domonique.
DS: It was racist.
PRS: When I watched it, I couldnít believe someone could do something like this.
DS: Yeah, I understand.
PRS: But you know Domonique, I remember purchasing my first adult magazine when I was 18 years old. It was a Black Tail and you were on the front cover. I also rented my first adult film in which you were the star. A lot of my friends were Domonique Simone fans and to us, it was a rites of passage to be young and watching your films. Itís like in the 70ís, that generation had Vanessa del Rio. We came along and had Domonique Simone. In many ways, you are a legend to us.
DS: Thank you, Chris.
PRS: You can ask just about anybody, especially from the Hip-Hop Generation, and they know who Domonique Simone is. They know you before they know anybody else. How does it feel having that legend status attached to your name? When they say ďQueen of Black Adult Entertainment,Ē they refer to Domonique Simone.
DS: Well the thing is, I never knew the impact the sex industry had on the world. I did the movies and for a long time, I didnít tour or anything. When I went to New York to do an autograph signing, there were so many guys outside the store and it was like I was a rock singer. I remember the police had to come because the guys were waiting for the store to open and they were leaning up against the doors and about to break the windows. I thought it was crazy because I had never been to New York before. While I was there I danced at a club called Shadow World and they would book us in hotels on 42nd and 8th, which is when it wasnít cleaned up by Giuliani. So it was a bunch of hookers and sex stores, like every other store. So Iím walking and these guys are going ďDomonique Simone, Domonique Simone!Ē I didnít realize the effect the adult industry had on the world. I didnít know all this until I started going to the shows and dancing and all these guys and they what shoes you wore in what movie, your bra size, everything! My fans can tell you more about my movies than I can. Itís really weird how people can remember specifics.
PRS: Are you serious, Domonique?
DS: I remember this one guy in particular. I was at a magazine store and heís getting one of my magazines. He walks up behind me and says ďI recognized who you were by the mole on the top of your lip!Ē And that started to freak me out!
PRS: So whatís a normal day like for you?
DS: Now or back then?
PRS: How about sharing some of both if you donít mind.
DS: When I did films, I basically would get up and if I wasnít working, it was going to get a facial, going to the gym, or doing something to keep up my physical appearance. At that time, I was really good friends with Janet Jacme so I would go and hang with her or go to an event, sometimes visit different clubs. Iím really a private person so I didnít get out into the party scene that much unless Janet would drag me out or my girlfriend Taylor Wane. I went to exclusive events; I never was really like hanging out a lot. My life was probably pretty boring. Now my whole life has changed because I have two kids. My biggest thing now is getting up and cooking breakfast and getting them to school. Now Iím working as a loan officer and I go to work, and sometimes I work from home. My life is a lot different now because I donít have the craziness of that lifestyle I led when I was doing the films. Once you have kids, you change your outlook on things and the way you think. I think thatís one of the reasons I stopped doing the films because there are a lot of things you see about the world once you have kids that could be harmful to your children. A lot of the things going on in the industry were very upsetting to me. Thatís when I realized I had to put things in perspective about what direction I wanted my life for my kidís sake. I had some friends in the business with kids and they were acting out and I didnít want that for mine. As kids get older, they get teased because your mommy does this and I didnít want that. I didnít want to bring my kids up with me working in the adult industry.
PRS: And thatís when you walked it away from it all, right?
DS: Yes. I wanted to leave the business and have people ask ďwhere did she go?Ē I wanted to leave some mystery about me. I didnít want to have to do a gangbang with 1,000 guys so I could keep my name out there. The last film I did was called Booty Talk with Lexington Steele and he talked me into doing that. That was around 2000 and it was a really good scene and that was the last one. I kinda disappeared and decided to move from LA to San Francisco and started doing my real estate. I wanted to continue my education because my family was like ďyou canít be doing that forever.Ē I did it partially for my family and plus, I didnít want to be 45-years-old and doing my comeback. I felt like I needed to take a different turn in my life.
PRS: A lot of folks donít know that you were in some music videos as well, right?
DS: I did a Snoop Dogg video. I did one with Brian McKnight. Doing a video is a nightmare when youíre dealing with all those women. Itís something about women and boob jobs. Women tend to laugh at you Ė because theyíre jealous. They wanna make you feel like a freak because you have fake boobs. When I did that Snoop video, I was with a bunch of ghetto girls! I did the video for Brian McKnight and no one knew that I was an adult girl. Brian McKnight was like ďI know you from somewhere!Ē I found out he did a concert and had a question-and-answer and everyone kept asking him ďhow did you get Domonique Simone in your video?Ē He said they ask more questions about me than his songs!
PRS: Which video was it?
DS: ďKeep It On the Down Low.Ē Then I did ďSomething For the HoneysĒ with Montell Jordan but when youíre used to making a certain amount of money a day and youíre on the set with some catty ass girls for ten hours a day for $200, thatís some shit! I couldnít do it. Then I tried the music thing and everyone wanted to fuck and Iím like Ė I can fuck and get paid! That was the end of my music stint.
PRS: So did anything ever get recorded?
DS: I performed in Vegas at one of the awards shows and I have recorded some things as well. The business is so hard to get into. In order for someone in the adult business to make it in the music business, they would have to come with something really unique. Coming out as a Lilí Kim rap star isnít unique.
PRS: Here is the $64,000 question, Domonique: are you considering a comeback?
DS: Iím working on a website Ė www.domoniquesimonexxx.com Ė and I am so digging MySpace. My fans can find me at www.myspace/domoniquesimone. Itís very addictive. Iíve been on there a few months and itís a pretty wild scene on there. Everybodyís on there. I knew I would be coming out with a website and I decided to I was gonna shoot all new photos because everybody and their mama and daddy has my pics. I hadnít done a website ever before. Thereís all those unofficial Domonique Simone websites and I want to do it right. I want to show the new Domonique Simone because people havenít seen me for awhile.
PRS: No they havenít, and itíll be good for everyone to see you again.
DS: Thanks, Chris. I will also be writing a book because I have a lot to talk about. Itíll be a best seller!
PRS: Iím sitting here talking to you and what I like about you is that youíre a real person. Youíre not coming with any bullshit.
DS: Iím a Georgia girl, Chris! Iím not a California girl!
PRS: Southern girl! Biscuits and gravy, ham hocks, pork chops, and all that good stuff!
DS: Oh yes Ė I just canít cook Ďem!
PRS: Are you religious or spiritual?
DS: Yes, I believe in God. I grew up a Southern Baptist.
PRS: What? Domonique Simone grew up in the church house!
DS: Howard Stern asked me how a girl goes from the church to becoming a porn star! I think about what it was with me and I grew up in a family where I was told that sex is bad and I was in the church all the time and basically, when they let me loose I went wild. I was told boys were bad and boys did bad things to you and when I was like 12, 13, 14 Ė I wanted to see what these boys did thatís bad to you! I got kinda crazy and wild but I think it was always in me anyway. I couldíve went a different direction with my life but Iím glad that I took the direction I did because if I didnít, I wouldnít have my two kids. I have a beautiful life now. Iím probably not making all the money like when I did the films, but I have peace of mind. If I was out there right now, I wouldnít feel good about what I was doing. The things the girls are doing now I wouldnít even do on camera!
PRS: They do some crazy shit nowadays! This gonzo shit is ridiculous! I see stuff and Iím amazed the human body can perform like that!
DS: Chris, Iíve seen some videos from Europe and itís some really crazy things that people are into. You know, Iíve probably been in every sexual situation at least once where Iíve seen about everything and itís crazy what folks are into. At one time, I had a substance abuse problem and when youíre doing drugs and sex, you wanna go higher and higher. Not just with your high but what you can do sexually and you become really jaded. You take yourself out of reality and it got really, really bad. Being in the adult business and having a substance abuse problem, I had to take myself out of that. I had to go and get some help and talk to some people about what was going on in my head. There are a lot of girls who go through what I went through and they donít know how to deal with it.
PRS: Iím glad that you found an outlet, Domonique. Iím glad that you found what they call in the church, salvation.
DS: Yeah, I had to get it together.
PRS: Itís been an honor to talk to you, Domonique, and to get the truth. Finally we get a story from someone whoís been there and done that and from a Black perspective. You are a legend, and always will be. You are a pioneer and I know that you will be appreciated and admired for many years to come. Thank you so much and may you have continued success in everything you do, love.
DS: Thank you, Chris. Itís been a pleasure speaking with you as well.