April Flores is a trailblazer. It's a reason why she is the first AVN award winner for BBW Performer of the Year. April has broken down several barriers for BBW performers. But, she cannot take all of the credit as her soulmate and departed husband Carlos Batts was a very big part of her success. Now, she has her own Vivid Radio show debuting on November 6th where we can listen to her "Voluptuous Life."
I enjoy your work with Trouble Films and it's creator Courtney Trouble. How did you first meet her?
Thank you! I love working with Courtney who is a mentor, collaborator and dear friend. We met at the AEE Convention in Las Vegas in 2009. Courtney was there on business and came up to me with an enthusiastic introduction. It was later in the day and I was pretty exhausted, but we instantly hit it off. We took a selfie, (before that was even a thing) and we met up the next day as well. I could have never imagined how valuable and significant our friendship would become and there is so much more ahead!
How long have you been in the industry? How did you get started in it?
I did my first scene with Belladonna in October 2005, so it has been exactly 9 years! My husband Carlos Batts had shot her for a Japanese magazine and she saw my photo on the cover of his book Wild Skin. She liked my look so we met up to see how we could work together. We had wanted to shoot her for our ongoing "Fat Girl" photobook project (which incidentally was published last year) but instead she asked me to be in a scene with her for her movie Evil Pink 2. I did it to experience something new and I thought it was going to be a one time thing.
I love voluptuous ladies. They are so yummy and sexy. I have had BBW girlfriends in the past. It's too bad that the mainstream porn industry do not embrace these amazing performers as they get overlooked. What can be done to fix it?
The beautiful thing about life is that there is variety! Some people prefer thinner bodies, and some prefer larger bodies. Diversity in representation is necessary and is the way of the future. It's true that mainstream porn is kind of set in its beauty standards, but so is every other form of visual media. What can be done to fix it? Change is unavoidable and is happening now. I think back to when I first started, and contrast it to the visibility women of size have now and it is significant. I am optimistic that media will evolve and include racial, sexual, gender, and body diversity.
What has been your most pleasurable moments during your career?
The most pleasurable moments were when I was working with my late husband on his projects. I was always so caught up in the momentum of the process that I wasn't really able to see how fortunate I was to experience working with my partner on that level. The "firsts" I accomplished have always been awesome too. The first cover of AVN, the first BBW to have a sex toy molded from my body, the first to win an AVN award for BBW performer of the year, the first BBW to have a showcase movie from a major studio. I appreciate the personal growth this industry has given me.
Your husband Carlos Batts was an incredible supporter of your career. One could say he was selfless when it came to you. What does it mean to you to have someone who loved you so much and wanted you to succeed?
Carlos was an amazing artist and wanted everyone around him to succeed. Those fortunate enough to have spent time with him know that he was a constant motivator for those he cared for. We were together for 13 years, married for 10. We were selfless when it came to each other because we built our lives to intertwine in every dimension. From the outside, it may have appeared that my successes were separate from his, but that is not the case. We functioned as a team and I learned so much from him. I was given the chance to know true love and that is something I will proudly carry for the rest of my life.
Courtesy of Christopher Cooper
How were you as a kid?
I was a quiet, reserved and kind of shy when I was younger.
What makes a man sexy? What makes a woman sexy?
Confidence, a sense of humor, and intelligence is what makes anyone sexy, regardless of their gender.
What is your shoe size?
My shoe size is 7 1/2.
Many adult performers are animal lovers. Are you a dog or cat lover?
I am a dog person - a pug person to be exact. I am allergic to cats, so I've never had the chance to bond with them.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I love art and going to museums and galleries. I enjoy taking pictures and I have started filming and my own work. Right now a lot of my interests revolve around rebuilding my life after losing my soul mate. I am exploring all aspects of the creative process and will continue to use the adult genre as a means of self expression.
Are there any web sites or future projects that you would like to promote?
I want to promote the photo book Fat Girl which you can find on Amazon. I want to promote my Vivid Radio show “Voluptuous Life" which will be on the SiriusXM app, channel 791 and www.VividRadio.com, every Thursday from 1-2pm Pacific Time starting November 6.
Interview by Apache Warrior