Her fledgling erotica studio and artist co-op, Four Chambers, which combines sex and cinema to make highly-stylized porn shorts on a crowdfunded donation basis, tackles sexuality with an eye for aesthetics not often found in mainstream porn.
Still, "tasteful porn" is not a trademark with which Ashley, a fine arts graduate, necessarily wants to be associated."I understand that it comes from a place of wanting to put the kind of thing I'm doing in a space that feels more comfortable," she says, explaining that "camming" is as much about adult entertainment as it is playing a role of sexual health coach, "but I find the argument of putting someone's personal choice down in order to lift somebody else's up, a difficult one.
On any given morning, 6,000 people from around the world turn on their computers to watch Vex Ashley, a 25-year-old cam girl and an independent pornographer from Leeds, take her clothes off.
Fair skinned with long, lilac hair and an affinity for winged eyeliner and delicate jewelry, it's easy to see why Ashley (a pseudonym created when she first started undressing on the internet) is often labeled a "tasteful" porn star.
Each of Ashley's videos is co-owned by everyone involved, yet another reaction to unsavory and capitalistic aspects of the sex industry.