How did August Ames get into porn? Tragic star's history with adult movies after she's found dead at age 23

Adult movie star August Ames first got into porn when she was 19.

The star was tragically found dead on Tuesday morning after apparently committing suicide.

Her cause of death was confirmed by the Ventura County Medical Examiner as asphyxiation due to hanging.

But how did the star, whose real name was Mercedes Grabowski, first get into the industry?

At the age of 19, August talked about her involvement in porn with website Adult DVD Talk , revealing that she’d fallen into it after trying to make some extra money through modelling.

August got into porn when she was 19
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She was found dead this week at the age of 23
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She got into porn after deciding to make some money through modelling
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She said: “Honestly, I had done some modeling back home. It was just local stuff so it wasn’t actual modeling, I guess. But I always wanted to do it and I always had a feeling that I’d be in California some day.

“I think I was 19 and I went online and started looking at different porn sites. I saw a link to ‘Be A Model’. I never, ever thought I’d make a name for myself, I thought I’d just make a few extra bucks.

“Even at the beginning when I started, I thought I sucked ass. I didn’t think I was good at all, I didn’t think anybody would like me. I just had to get my confidence up I guess.”

And when asked if she knew about the stigma surrounding the adult film industry, she added: “Oh yeah. I definitely felt I had a lot of insight on what it would be like after the industry.

She was aware of the stigma attached to it but didn’t care
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Her family knew she was going into porn
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“I knew that I couldn’t be a teacher after porn. And I knew some people would look down but I’m impulsive and I don’t really care what other people think.”

August also says that she told her family she was going into porn, and that they were fine with it.

She said: “All my family knows. They take it pretty well actually. I was terrified to tell my mom or my brothers. But I told her about it a couple of days before I left before California and she was surprisingly cool about it.

“We used to talk every day but now it’s every week or so. My brothers at first hated it, they called me a slut and to have respect for myself until all their friends started saying how cool I was. So now they’re ok with it.”

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