For Immediate Release | jessica drake Receives 2017 XBIZ Executive Awards Nomination for Community Figure of the Year

LOS ANGELES, CA - (November 9, 2016) - Wicked Girl and sexual health educator jessica drake has received a 2017 XBIZ Executive Awards nomination (retail industry edition) for Community Figure of the Year. The award-winning contract star and activist was honored in part due to her extensive support of sex education reform. Her charity work (drake and Team Wicked recently raised $21,755 for AIDS charities at AIDS Walk Los Angeles) and philanthropic outreach have been documented in dozens of high profile mainstream and adult media articles throughout the past year. Nominations in the Retail Industry Edition of the Exec Awards were submitted by industry peers via the magazine's social media portal, XBIZ.net, with the goal of celebrating individuals who exhibit exceptional character, strength and business acumen. In a prepared statement, XBIZ revealed the selection of nominees was based on a multitude of factors, including “leadership ability, positive community influence and overall career success. The XBIZ Exec Awards celebrate individual achievement, reaching the pinnacle of one’s profession and fueling brands that excite, motivate and influence." Upon learning of her nomination, Ms. drake enthusiastically shared, “I’m so grateful to XBIZ for recognizing me with a nomination for Community Figure of the Year,” drake reveals. “My goal for the last several years has been to use my platform in this industry to get people to start talking about sexuality in a more open, positive way, and to remove the shame and stigma that society so often applies. As someone who identifies as a sex worker and feminist, I am also learning to use my voice to advocate for others in any way necessary. I am so very thankful to Steve Orenstein and everyone at Wicked Pictures for their support and encouragement, and also for walking along this path with me. My goal for 2017 is to keep challenging myself, to be an advocate and an ally, to reach more people, and to keep providing them with realistic, pleasure-based, shame-free sex education which emphasizes consent, confidence and communication.” For his part, Wicked Pictures President and Owner Steve Orenstein observed, “jessica has headlined some of our most popular releases over the years, but it is her tireless efforts to educate and help people however she can which really have had the most impact. I am extremely proud of all that she has accomplished and continue to expect great things from her.” Ms. drake has traveled the world, making speaking appearances and media contributions with her message of sexual wellness and the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship through a mutually satisfying love life. She is a regular columnist for Style Caster, and recently appeared on BuzzFeed’s original series “Modern Sex”. Additional contributions from jessica this year appear in outlets such as Uproxx, AskMen, CNBC, Vice, BuzzFeed, Bustle, Maxim, Refinery 29, Prime Mind, GQ, Your Tango, and many others. jessica’s passion for sex education is rooted in the success of her award-winning “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex,” which has earned drake much acclaim for its message of sexual wellness and for its many awards and honors. The series’ volume on Fellatio earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release trophy, “Anal” was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year, “Anal Sex for Men” received AVN’s 2014 Best Educational Release award, and “Plus Size” earned XBIZ’s 2015 Specialty Release of the Year. The retail industry edition of the XBIZ Exec Awards will be presented at an exclusive awards ceremony during the 2017 XBIZ events series taking place January 9th-13th at the Andaz hotel in West Hollywood, Calif. For more information, please visit wicked.com and http://www.xbizexecawards.com. About jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex A Three-time AVN Best Actress winner and sexual wellness authority, jessica drake brings erotic topics to life through intimate demonstrations performed by some of today’s hottest adult stars in her instructional series, “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex.” The stimulating sequences are sensual, provocative, and enlivened by an informative optional audio commentary. In each volume of “Guide to Wicked Sex,” writer, producer, director, and host jessica drake addresses a different aspect of human sexuality, ranging from Fellatio and Anal to BDSM, Striptease, and Plus Size sex. The series’ volume on Fellatio earned AVN’s 2012 Best Educational Release trophy, “Anal” was named XBIZ’s 2012 Specialty Release of the Year, “Anal Sex for Men” received AVN’s 2014 Best Educational Release award, and “Plus Size” earned XBIZ’s 2015 Specialty Release of the Year. In order to further spread the word about healthy sexuality, drake released the digital magazine “jessica drake’s Guide to Wicked Sex” in 2016, which ranks her among Oprah, Martha Stewart, and Rachel Ray, as the only celeb-branded magazines on the market. Whether through her movies, articles, or live workshops, jessica explores all sex-related topics with the same distinct blend of knowledge, experience, and good humor leading popular culture site Uproxx.com to write, “drake’s career and fan-base put her in a unique position to talk about sex with authority, to breakdown stigmas, and to bring important conversations (like consent) to the fore. Here’s the best part: it seems to be helping people.” The AVN Awards named jessica drake its Mainstream Star of the Year in 2016 for her work educating people on how to have a healthier and happier sex life. For more information, visit www.GuideToWickedSex.com, www.Facebook.com/GuideToWickedSex, www.Twitter.com/Guide2WickedSex, or http://jessicadrake.skinmagz.com. About the XBIZ Executive Awards Achieving success, reaching the pinnacle of one’s profession and fueling brands that excite, influence and motivate is the driving force behind the XBIZ Executive Awards. With constant economic and technological challenges and facing a mainstream business world that presents an uncertain relationship at every turn, today's industry leaders represent some of the most progressive and creative group of executives in business today. 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