"Tremendous individuality and artistic flair... a truly versatile performer"
- Absinth Fringe Review
Zahra Stardust is an Australian porn star, Penthouse Pet, magazine centrefold, award winning stripease artist and Australian pole champion intent on spreading love around the world from upside down.
A proud feminist stripper, she abandoned a legal career in a top-tier law firm in favour of taking her clothes off in public and has since run for parliament three times for the Australian Sex Party for House of Representatives (2009), Senate (2010) and Lord Mayor of Sydney (2012), advocating for the decriminalisation of sex work and comprehensive sex education.
With 3 degrees, including a Masters thesis on feminist striptease, Zahra is now undertaking a PhD at the University of NSW on the legal regulation of queer and feminist pornography in Australia. She has previously worked in gender, sexual health and development with the United Nations in both Australia and Africa, tutored and Guest Lectured at the University of Sydney, and has spoken at events for International Women’s Day, The Feminist Conference and SlutWalk Sydney. She has articles forthcoming in UK journal Porn Studies and edited anthologies Queer Sex Work, Queer Feminine Affinities and How to Come Out Like a Porn Star: Adult Industry Essays on Family Matters.
A trapeze artist and former pole instructor for Suzie Q Pole Studio , Zahra’s bohemian lifestyle has led her to shows and workshops around the world, including to the Amsterdam Burlesque Festival, Dr Sketchy's Anti-Art School Tokyo, Erotica Expo Auckland, pole workshops in Stockholm, Miss Pole Dance Bavaria in Germany, and the World Body Painting Festival in Austria.
Zahra's titles include:
In her adult career, Zahra has worked in different sectors of the sex industry, from exotic dance, swingers' parties, bucks’ parties and fetish parties to queer performance nights, strip clubs, fringe and burlesque festivals, pole competitions, circus events, theatres, and hosting adult lifestyle event Sexpo, as well as modelling for adult magazines, calendars and erotic websites.
Zahra enjoys promoting autonomous portrayals of diversity and perversity onstage, and spreading love around the world from upside down. She is a proud member of the queer community.
She has had the pleasure of pouring candy over her body, painting herself in glow plaint, playing with fire, trampling over people in high heels, dancing with bubbling cups of dry ice, adorning herself in latex superhero costumes and posing nude for animal rights campaigns.
When she is not hanging upside down or having sex, Zahra likes sharing organic vegan food, protesting, riding motorbikes, scuba diving, changing her hair colour regularly, watching arthouse films, bare foot backpacking and making cunt art.