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PornCrush Year in Review: Best Fresh Faces of 2023

Madison Wilde, Rissa May, Gal Ritchie lead adult industry’s latest rookie class

By Austin King / Editor

Dec 19, 2023

*Note: This is the second in a series of lists that will reflect on another banner year in the adult industry. Be sure to check out PornCrush each day for a new installment.

Dec. 18: Best Comeback Performers

Dec. 19: Best New Faces

Dec. 20: Unsung Starlets

Dec. 21: Breakthrough Performers

Dec. 22: Best on Social Media

Dec. 26: Scenes of the Year (four critics pick their favorites)

Dec. 27: Best Porn Ambassadors

Dec. 28: Top 10 Stories of 2023

Dec. 29: Best and Worst of 2023


Every year in high school, on the first day of classes, the buzz among bros was always the same.

Yo, did you see that new girl? Wow!

Truth be told, it’s that way in office buildings, too. And law firms. And banks. And media companies–and every other walk of life you could imagine.

Everyone loves a fresh face.

Especially in the adult industry, where an influx of rookie talent presents itself seemingly every month. That was certainly the case in 2023, as first-year performers captured—and maintained—our attention throughout the year.

Here are PornCrush’s picks for “Best Fresh Faces of 2023.”

*Note: With a few exceptions, these performers all debuted in 2023 and, thus, would’ve been deemed “too new” for AVN’s Best New Starlet award. That was by design. The purpose of this category is to recognize first-year talent.


Some performers wait years before landing their first scene with Vixen Media Group. But for Angel Windell, It happened just a few months after beginning her career. The Washington native’s tryst with Chris Diamond for Deeper—entitled “Nine”—was one of the site’s highest-rated scenes of 2023. Windell’s star has been soaring ever since. Her sensual performance style—not to mention her peach-like posterior—has helped Windell score scenes with studios such as Reality Kings, Team Skeet and Evil Angel, among others. The bisexual performer also flourishes in girl-girl scenes and says anal could be in her future.


We could rattle off the names of all the studios Ritchie has shot for since her debut late last spring, but it’d be much easier to list the ones she hasn’t. Come to think of it … do any of those exist? Ritchie has been one of the industry’s most sought-after starlets throughout the second half of 2023. And judging by the doe-eyed Brit’s performances for Pure Taboo (w/ Vince Karter), Deeper (w/ Chris Diamond) and Kink (w/John Paul the Pope) it’s easy to understand why. Even without doing anal, the Spiegler girl’s schedule is booked non-stop. We’re excited to learn more about Ritchie in 2024.


When Hayley Davies arrived in the United States for a “quick vacation" in July, her plan was to shoot a few OnlyFans collabs, get a taste of American culture and then head back to her native Australia. Five months later, Davies is still here—and she has no plans to return to her homeland anytime soon. Why would she? Davies, as they say, is blowing up. Her list of high-profile collab partners—Jason Luv, Johnny Sins, Kieran Lee and Manuel Ferrara, to name a few—has helped her ascend to the top 0.1 percent of OnlyFans creators. Perhaps more impressive is that, just 13 weeks after opening her Instagram account, Davies had amassed nearly 280,000 followers. Davies’ popularity and hard work have captured the attention of some of the industry’s most prominent figures. That includes Mark Spiegler, who in October added the 24-year-old Davies to his roster. Davies grew up in New Zealand and worked as a stripper before moving to Australia in late 2022. She’d been dabbling in content creation to earn extra money but had grown frustrated with the amateur male partners she’d find on Bumble. In Australia, though, a colleague who was an exotic dancer introduced Davies to a network of experienced content creators—many of whom were male—and “a whole new world opened up,” she laughed. “Everything took off from there. Everyone was noticing my hard work, and I was getting more and more opportunities. I’ve shot with so many people in such a short amount of time.”


A fitness advocate who works out regularly, Kane is the smoking hot girl at your gym who you could actually approach. The Chicago native is extremely down-to-earth and easygoing, a trait that shines through in her social media posts. A natural beauty, she doesn’t need makeup to turn heads—although it’s likely many men have run into poles while staring at her backside. Repped by Elite Talent Direct, Kane’s popularity has propelled like the Millennium Falcon in the last month, as word of her sexual prowess has permeated throughout the industry. True story: Kane’s BangBus scene with Jay Bangher was so intense that one of the tires on the bus actually went flat. Expect the 5-foo-6 blonde—who is also an exotic dancer in Vegas—to land some high-profile shoots for elite studios in 2024.


Born in the Bible Belt of Kansas, Kingsley was forced to sign abstinence cards in middle school, vowing she wouldn’t have sex before marriage. That didn’t exactly work out. The former high school basketball star moved to California after graduation and shot OnlyFans content before transitioning to studio porn last spring. The 5-foot-8 Kingsley has been an instant hit, starring alongside top male stars like Charles Dera, Seth Gamble, Codey Steele and Mick Blue for studios like Bellesa, Team Skeet and MissaX. She recently shot her first backdoor scene with Vince Karter for Evil Angel’s Young Anal 4.


Wilde entered the industry late in 2022 after achieving a dose of fame on PornHub, where a video of Wilde blowing her McDonald’s manager—and real-life boyfriend—has surpassed 4 million views. Her studio scenes have become appointment viewing, too. With coal-black hair, a tight frame, and trademark glasses that add to her sex appeal, Wilde is definitely a stunner. But it’s her positivity and upbeat vibe that set her apart. Wilde carries herself with an energy that livens up a set when the cameras are off—and casts the mood when things get rolling. A-list male colleagues such as Zac Wild have raved about their experience with Wilde, and studios such as Naughty America, Nubiles, Bang Bros and Team Skeet have booked her time and time again. Wilde has shot more than 90 scenes since beginning her career in earnest in January. Her popularity is soaring right along with her bookings. “I love that I get to meet new people every day,” Wilde tells PornCrush. “Everybody has a different story, a different place that they came from. I’ve made a lot of friends that will be in my life for a long time.”


She may hail from a one-stoplight town in Oregon, but everything about Melanie Marie screams big time. The 19-year-old with a flawless figure and natural C-cup breasts was one of the industry’s top newcomers in 2023, tallying more than 70 shoots since her debut in April. The 5-foot-7 Marie has already worked with elite male talent such as Isiah Maxwell, Quinton James and Tyler Nixon while shooting for companies such as Cherry Pimps, Team Skeet and Vixen. Marie has filmed multiple anal scenes and says she’s open to just about any genre of porn, but there’s a certain style she likes best. “Very intimate and personal,” Marie tells PornCrush. “I like sensual, I like kissing, I like people kissing my neck, I like it slow. And then I like getting into rough stuff.”


She’s performed in short plays in men’s prisons, worked in an old folks home, lived in Joshua Tree and once aspired to be a blackjack dealer. Suffice it to say, Morgan had plenty of interesting “life experiences” before joining the adult industry. But she’s finally found her calling in porn. Since debuting in March, Morgan has worked for companies such as Evil Angel and Team Skeet and has also shot extensively with Hall of Fame director Mike Quasar, who has heaped praise on Morgan not just because of her sexual prowess but because of her abilities as an actor. Evidence of Morgan’s comfort on camera can be found on her Instagram account, where she entertains fans almost daily with her hilarious stories and reels. Clearly, Morgan is relishing her new profession. “I’m just so grateful for every opportunity I have to be on set,” Morgan tells PornCrush. “I’m very proud of what I’ve done, but I’m also hungry for more. I’m just like, ‘Put me in, coach! I will show up on time and I will be clean and (my lines) will be memorized. Just let me in!”


A Las Vegas native, Lane is a true head-turner with a unique look that gives her a sexy air of individuality. Her eyes twinkle when she flashes one of the best smiles in the industry. But within seconds, she can become dark and mysterious. She’s one of those performers who can literally pull off any vibe, which makes Lane a favorite among still photographers. She’s heavily tattooed, yes. But while some performers look awkward with skin art, Lane’s ink fits her well and makes her that much more alluring. Less than a year into the industry and already doing anal, Lane has filmed nearly 60 scenes and has worked for Evil Angel, Kink and Cherry Pimps. But it was a scene for Vixen Media Group’s “Tushy” brand that brought on tears of joy as she drove home from set. “It was as a fall circle moment for me,” Lane tells PornCrush. “It was proving to myself that I can persevere and keep going, and that hard work a good attitude can get you places—even if you have obstacles along the way, like tattoos that some people aren’t OK with. It was about listening to your own gut instinct that can you do something, and letting that guide you, instead of all the negative voices that tell you you can’t. It was cool, because I manifested this job years ago. I thought it about it for so many years and wanted it for so long. It was super-cool to actually put it in motion and see it become a reality.”


Shooting 80 scenes in a five-month span is almost unheard of for any performer—especially when they’re only 18. But that’s precisely what May has done since her debut early last summer. Vixen, Nubiles, Evil Angel, Team Skeet, Mike Adriano, Hookup Hotshot … May has already shot for almost every A-list studio and will enter 2023 as one of the most in-demand performers in the business. With natural 34DD breasts, May is blessed with God-given assets. But it’s her passion for sex and versatility as a performer that elevate her to another level. Anal, squirting and creampies are on May’s menu, and she’s also flourishing in girl-girl scenes. “She’s old-school with her work ethic,” says John O’Byrne, May’s agent with East Coast Talent. “You don’t find many girls doing 20-25 shoots a month. She’s young, but she’s got a good head on her shoulders. She’s not going to let the industry get the best of her.”


Whenever she has free time, Hill likes to watch videos of herself having sex. “My boyfriend makes fun of me,” Hill tells PornCrush. “He’s like, ‘Are you watching your porn again?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, and I look good! It’s hot!’” Almost anyone who has seen Hill perform would undoubtedly agree. The 99-pound, silky-skinned Texan has become a fan favorite—particularly among consumers who prefer women with all-natural bodies. “It’s definitely been a benefit,” the Hussie model says. Hill has worked extensively for Team Skeet, Naughty America and Hussie Pass. She says she can “cum on command.” Here’s betting that Hill will get plenty of opportunities to do just that in 2024.


Few newcomers created as big of a stir in 2023 as Rose, who operated her own micro-blading studio in New York prior to entering the industry early last spring. Even without any on-screen experience, Rose, 26, seemed to be a ready-made performer from the jump. Veteran male talent Damon Dice was one of the first to take notice. “The second she walked in the room, I thought, ‘This girl has what it takes to do something big,’” says Dice, who worked with Rose in March. “She’s got an ‘it factor’ that’s hard to describe. Most new girls are timid and shy. But Sisi has a swagger and confidence in everything she does. She knows she’s good, and she definitely carries that with her.” Rose is one of the best dirty-talkers in the business. Her passion during scenes is genuine and intoxicating. Rose has shot multiple scenes for Brazzers, Reality Kings and Naughty America but now appears to be taking a break from studio work. Whether she returns or not, Rose clearly made her mark in 2023.


Storm may come off as shy and unassuming in person, but she doesn’t hold back when it comes to sex. The Minnesota native—who grew up in a town of 500 people—has created quite a buzz since joining the industry full-time last summer. “It’s obvious that she genuinely loves the sex,” Team Skeet talent/director Donnie Rock says. With blonde hair and blue eyes, Storm was in high demand throughout the summer and fall. Brazzers, Adult Time, Jules Jordan, Bellesa and Elegant Angel are among the studios to shoot Storm thus far. She also appeared on the popular podcast “Plug Talk” with Adam 22 and Lena the Plug. Keep an eye out for Storm at the AVN convention next month.


When elite stars such as Gia Derza and Mike Adriano are singing your praises just months into your career, you know your future is bright. Those are the kinds of things that are happening for Blow, who is already performing like a seasoned veteran. Only 19, Blow doesn’t shy away from shoots that some would consider extreme. She’s done at least six shoots for Bryan Gozzling’s Hookup Hotshot banner and has engaged in heavy anal play in numerous scenes with Adriano. Blow is also versatile enough, however, to excel for sensual brands such as Nubiles. It’s clear that Blow—a Washington native—genuinely enjoys her new line of work.


An Orange County native with a Sociology degree, Whitney worked in financial sales before joining the adult industry last winter. She initially found success on OnlyFans before her friend, performer Vivianne DeSilva, convinced her to transition into mainstream. Even though she’s relatively new to adult work, Whitney is hardly inexperienced when it comes to sex. She says she slept more than 100 people before entering the industry and has been adding to that total ever since. Toned and athletic, Whitney clearly spends time in the gym. The former soccer and track star has one of the best physiques in the business, which plays well on camera. Whitney has also drawn praise from co-stars for her professionalism and being easy to work with. All of it should lead to a banner year for Whitney in 2024 after a standout rookie campaign.

Austin King / Editor

Austin King spent nearly 20 years as a mainstream journalist before pivoting to coverage of the adult industry in 2020. He specializes in breaking news and in-depth features, with some of his best work to date coming for AVN Magazine in profiles of Gina Valentina, Casey Kisses, Anna-Claire Clouds, Kayden Kross, Chanel Camryn, Kenzie Anne, Lilly Bell and others. Austin resides in Texas but makes frequent trips to Porn Valley.