Sunny Leone is an Award winning Indo-Canadian porno actress and former Penthouse Pet of the Year. She is a Vivid Girl and one of the few actresses of Indian origin in the porno industry. She has said that Sunny is her real name and Leone was picked by Bob Guccione, former owner of Penthouse magazine. While studying to be a pediatric nurse in Orange County, California, a classmate who was an exotic dancer introduced Leone to John Stevens, an agent who in turn introduced her to Jay Allen, a photographer for Penthouse magazine. She posed for Penthouse and was named Penthouse Pet of the Month for the March 2001 issue, followed by a feature in the Holiday 2001 edition of Hustler magazine as a Hustler Honey. She has graced the pages of numerous other magazines since then. In 2003, she was declared the Penthouse Pet of the Year, and in addition to her print work, she had also done pantyhose modeling. In 2005 Adam & Eve appointed her as their West Coast Internet Sales Representative.
This vivacious starlet signed a three-year contract with Vivid Entertainment in 2005 with which she transitioned into the world of hardcore pornography, stating that she would only do lesbian scenes. However lucky for us, in May 2007 upon re-signing her contract with Vivid for another six films, Sunny agreed to perform for the first time with men on camera (although exclusively with her fiancé, Matt Erikson). In January 2008, Leone revealed that she was no longer engaged to Erikson, and had done scenes with other actors, most notably Tommy Gunn, Charles Dera, James Deen, and Voodoo (Lucky guys!).
Sunny Leone is so popular that in addition to her film career, Sunny Leone has been part of the Vivid Comedy Tour, and has modeled for the Vivid Footwear collection. Leone has also participated in events like the Vivid/Club Jenna Lingerie Bowl and Vivid’s Hot Rod Night. Doc Johnson launched a pocket pal in 2006 molded to her vagina (who wouldn’t want one of these), and in 2008 released the Sunny Leone Exciter vibrator. Control MFG currently uses Leone’s image along with other Vivid girls to market their line of skateboards. In August 2008, she announced the launch of her own studio, Sunlust Pictures, with Daniel Weber as her partner. With her new venture Leone plans to write, direct and create her own brand of adult movies with Vivid Entertainment as her distributor. Sunny also indicated that she has plans to launch her own line of lingerie and other Sunny-branded products including a diamond jewelry line.