Mia Khalifa Opens Up About The Dark Side Of The Adult Entertainment Industry | E248

Last updated: Jun 2, 2023

The video is about Mia Khalifa discussing the dark side of the adult entertainment industry and how she overcame her struggles to become a successful business owner and social media activist.

The video is an interview with Mia Khalifa, a former adult film star who opens up about the dark side of the adult entertainment industry. She talks about being bullied for being Middle Eastern and how she made choices that she can't take back, including signing a contract that says in perpetuity on it. She also discusses how major production companies prey on vulnerable young women and how her anxiety was at its highest when the company was going after her publicly. Khalifa has spent the last two years writing a book called The Diary of a CEO, which includes 33 laws for business marketing and life that she derived from all of these conversations. She talks about how confidence comes from accomplishing things that you want to accomplish and being proud of yourself.

  • Mia Khalifa was bullied for being Middle Eastern after moving to America.
  • She regrets signing a dangerous and predatory contract in the adult entertainment industry.
  • Major production companies prey on vulnerable young women.
  • Mia Khalifa spent two years writing a book called The Diary of a CEO.
  • Mia Khalifa feels more authentic and pure in the past year or two.
  • Mia Khalifa struggled with mental health issues in the past.
  • Mia Khalifa left the adult entertainment industry after receiving death threats.
  • Mia Khalifa uses her platform to raise awareness about important issues.
  • Mia's low self-esteem played a role in her abusive relationship and choices for validation.

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Mia Khalifa's Struggles in the Adult Entertainment Industry

  • Mia Khalifa was bullied for being Middle Eastern after moving to America.
  • She made choices that she regrets and signed a dangerous and predatory contract.
  • The company went after her publicly, causing her anxiety to skyrocket.
  • Major production companies prey on vulnerable young women.
  • Mia Khalifa's struggles will follow her for the rest of her life.
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Mia Khalifa's Journey to Overcoming Adversity

  • Mia Khalifa spent the last two years writing a book called The Diary of a CEO.
  • The book contains 33 laws for business, marketing, and life that she derived from her conversations with incredible people.
  • Mia Khalifa traveled the world to write this book and did six months of extensive research on scientific studies and principles.
  • The book is now available for pre-order, and there are only 5,000 signed copies.
  • Mia Khalifa is proud of the book and can't wait for people to read it.
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Mia Khalifa's Journey to Self-Acceptance

  • Mia Khalifa feels more authentic and pure in the past year or two.
  • She is going after the things she wants and growing into her confidence.
  • Mia Khalifa has gained self-assurance from accomplishing her goals.
  • Confidence comes from accomplishing things that you want to accomplish and being proud of yourself.
  • Mia Khalifa feels confident even when she messes up now.
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Mental Health and Confidence

  • Mia Khalifa struggled with mental health issues in the past.
  • She couldn't see past 48 hours and was day-to-day for a while.
  • Her mental health is stronger now, and she knows what she wants to accomplish in the future.
  • Taking risks and learning from mistakes helped her gain confidence.
  • She learned to say no to things that didn't align with her goals.
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Struggling with Confidence

  • Mia Khalifa struggled with colorism in Lebanon and America.
  • She was bullied for being Middle Eastern after 9/11.
  • She felt like an outsider because she was darker than the beauty standard in Lebanon.
  • She wanted to assimilate and fit in, which turned into internalized racism.
  • She carried around shame and insecurity.
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Leaving the Adult Entertainment Industry

  • Mia Khalifa left the adult entertainment industry after receiving death threats.
  • She regrets her decision to enter the industry and wishes she had known more about it.
  • She wants to warn others about the dark side of the industry.
  • She faced backlash and criticism for her past work in the industry.
  • She is now a successful business owner and social media activist.
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Using Her Platform for Good

  • Mia Khalifa uses her platform to raise awareness about important issues.
  • She advocates for social justice and equality.
  • She uses her experiences to help others who may be struggling.
  • She encourages people to speak out and use their voices.
  • She believes in the power of education and learning from mistakes.
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Mia's Struggles with Self-Esteem

  • Mia has always been introverted and aware of her struggles with self-esteem.
  • She felt shame and not enough, and was hard on herself for not fitting in.
  • She did not like herself and this affected her confidence and self-esteem.
  • Insecurity led her to make choices for validation that she otherwise wouldn't have made.
  • Relationship choices and lifestyle choices were affected by her low self-esteem.
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The Downside of Being a People Pleaser

  • Low self-esteem can lead to becoming a people pleaser.
  • A people pleaser has no boundaries with themselves or others.
  • They will lie, deceive, and cross boundaries to please everyone.
  • Mia was a people pleaser and sought validation from people she shouldn't have respected.
  • She made choices she can't take back, including getting into an abusive relationship and doing porn.
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Mia's Abusive Relationship

  • Mia got into a relationship at 16 with someone significantly older than her.
  • The relationship lasted until she was about 20.
  • The age difference was about 10 years.
  • Mia's low self-esteem played a role in the dynamic of the relationship.
  • Looking back, Mia realizes it was grooming and a dangerous situation.
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Mia's Lack of Future Planning

  • At 16, Mia did not think about her future and did not know what would happen in a week's time.
  • She was living in the moment and did not have a long-term plan.
  • This lack of future planning may have contributed to her making choices for validation and not considering the consequences.
  • Mia now encourages young people to think about their future and make choices that align with their goals.
  • She believes that self-awareness and self-love are key to making good choices and building a successful future.
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Early Marriage and Unhealthy Relationship

  • Mia got married at 18 years old, which was uncommon.
  • She had low self-esteem and was easily manipulated.
  • Her husband was abusive and saw her as a toy to play with.
  • He encouraged her to consider the adult entertainment industry.
  • Her husband had mental health issues and was not the right person for her.
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Encouragement to Join the Adult Entertainment Industry

  • Mia was given a business card and encouraged to consider the adult entertainment industry.
  • Her husband encouraged her to pursue it.
  • There was a fetishization element to it.
  • There was no commercial element to it.
  • Mia did not forgive the person who gave her the business card, but she forgave herself.
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The Need to Forgive Yourself

  • Mia believes that you need to forgive yourself if someone has crossed your boundary.
  • You need to forgive yourself for letting someone hurt you.
  • Forgiving others is not as important as forgiving yourself.
  • Mia's explanation of her past was to give context to her mental state.
  • She did not want to shift blame or make excuses.
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The Importance of a Healthy Relationship with Yourself

  • If you do not have a healthy relationship with yourself, you will not choose the right person.
  • You will not choose someone who wants the best for you or will bring out the best in you.
  • Mia's relationship with herself was not right, which led to an unhealthy relationship with her husband.
  • She did not have a sense of self and attached herself to someone who could easily manipulate her.
  • Mia had to overcome her struggles to become a successful business owner and social media activist.
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Early Life and Education

  • Mia Khalifa struggled with low self-esteem during her early life.
  • People around her capitalized on her low self-esteem.
  • She studied history at university and enjoyed it like watching a movie.
  • She did not have a plan for her future.
  • Her weight played a large role in her self-esteem and confidence issues.
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Therapy and Self-Discovery

  • Mia Khalifa went to therapy in 2016 and still goes to therapy.
  • She cycles out therapists and loves feeling ready for a fresh start.
  • Therapy keeps her grounded and accountable.
  • She has to analyze herself, her thoughts, and her past every week.
  • Therapy has helped her understand why she was avoidant in relationships.
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Accountability and Key Takeaways

  • Therapy provides accountability and helps Mia Khalifa understand herself.
  • She has an ongoing evolution of understanding why she was avoidant in relationships.
  • She had a toxic model of love from her parents and shame and insecurities.
  • Therapy has helped her connect the dots and understand triggers.
  • She has learned about herself and how she felt ostracized on the playground.
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Epiphany Moments and Self-Acceptance

  • Mia Khalifa is grateful for all the information she has learned about herself.
  • Therapy has helped her connect the dots and understand her triggers.
  • She has learned that one little thing can take her back to feeling alone and wanting to people please.
  • Therapy has helped her with self-acceptance and self-love.
  • She has learned to be kinder to herself and not let her weight affect her as much.
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Entering the Adult Entertainment Industry

  • Mia Khalifa spent a lot of time wondering why she entered the adult entertainment industry.
  • She had low self-esteem, no boundaries, and didn't respect herself.
  • She cried more in the first two years of therapy than she ever did going through anything in her life.
  • Self-awareness is hard, but shedding pieces of yourself is necessary.
  • Therapy gives you time traveling superpowers and changes your perception of past events.
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Isolation and Loneliness

  • After leaving the industry, Mia Khalifa felt incredibly isolated and lonely.
  • She lived in a small, cramped efficiency with no stove and a broken window.
  • Loneliness was better than what she was doing before.
  • She was completely sure that she didn't want to do porn and would never go back to it.
  • Standing firm in her boundaries and morals gave her a tiny glimmer of confidence.
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Starting a New Life in Austin

  • Mia Khalifa moved to Austin and started a new life.
  • She was broke, lost, and confused, but standing firm in her boundaries gave her confidence.
  • She wouldn't have started therapy if she hadn't moved to Austin.
  • Starting therapy was the domino effect of positive change in her life.
  • It could have gone a completely different way, but therapy helped her shed pieces of herself and become self-aware.
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The Magic of Therapy

  • Therapy gives you time traveling superpowers and changes your perception of past events.
  • Self-awareness is hard, but shedding pieces of yourself is necessary.
  • Therapy helps you analyze moments and understand that they are not this moment.
  • It helps you realize things about people in your life that you've put rose-colored glasses on for.
  • Therapy is hard, but once you become self-aware, there's no going back.
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Moving to Austin

  • Mia needed to get out of Miami and start fresh.
  • She met her best friend on Twitter who was looking for a roommate in Austin.
  • Mia started looking up how to move states and what paperwork she needed for her dogs.
  • Within a month, she packed up and moved to Austin.
  • The overwhelming experience of the adult entertainment industry made her realize she needed to leave.
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Working as a Paralegal

  • Mia worked as a paralegal for an insurance defense firm for six months.
  • It was a boring and corporate job.
  • It was uncomfortable because everyone in the office recognized her.
  • She then worked at a construction company doing bookkeeping and office work.
  • She felt like a burden in the office and hated that feeling.
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