Yeah, show me a girl that looks hot with no make up on, that's the one I'll take before the best looking 'on-camera' porn star.
I'm engaged now, but seriously, I agree. If you are a chatty guy (and I am) and you are interested in the fashion business you meet a lot of people, especially women. In L.A., a lot of girls I happened to come to know had done porn or were doing porn - a pretty messed up bunch, in general. One lesson I learned: the more people talk about what they do being okay, the more screwed up they are about it. Jon, you're 100% right. A girl with her head on straight and is reasonably attractive is a better prospect than any porn star. As for this:
None of the girls was any hotter than random girls I see at the mall, which was pretty dissappointing.
there's a adage in the porn industry to the effect that they'll take any guy who is able and any girl who is willing. (As an aside, one of my buddies was willing, but just couldn't bring himself to at the end.)