LOS ANGELES—Transgendered performer Kimberly Devine, a New Orleans transplant who spent most of her working life in Los Angeles, has died just a few months short of her 40th birthday, which would have been on July 17. In her working career in XXX, she appeared in 54 original features, the first being Bizarre Video's Portrait of a TS in 1997, and 10 compilations.
The following is a remembrance of Kimberly from long-time transgender fan, webmaster and producer Steven Grooby, who shot Kimberly for his website, ShemaleYum.com, from which the accompanying photograph is taken:
"Kimberly Devine was a superstar. She was part of that group of girls who came up at a very special time of the mid-late 1990s in Los Angeles and helped birth the modern genre of transsexual pornography. Kim was part of a group of performers that included Meghan Chevalier, Gia Darling, Lea Chase, Olivia Love, Lisa Lawrence, Barbie Woods, Gina and Brandy Scott who were appearing in video releases from companies such as Kim Christy, Devil’s Film and Androgeny. She was beautiful, she had a great smile, big-boobed on a great body and an eyebrow that raised with sexual enticement, at just the right time.
"Kim was probably one of the gateway performers that introduced a lot of people to trans porn and it shouldn’t be under-estimated how much these girls brought to the industry. In an age, when transsexual performers were few and far between, and far more marginalized today, this group of about 15 models made up the total talent pool available to producers. The has Kimberly Devine listed as having 64 videos between 1998 and 2006, it’s virtually impossible for anyone with an interest in transsexual erotica not to have came into contact with her work during that time.
" was barely two years old in 1998, and Bob Maverick (now of ) had just started shooting exclusive content for us. He was based in Los Angeles, he was known on the scene and he could shoot quality photos on film, which I then received by mail in order to be scanned and updated onto the website. Exciting times, as through my letterbox came envelopes stuffed with 5×4 photos, of performers I’d only ever seen glimpses of, usually on box covers that I’d commissioned. I remember receiving the first Kimberly Devine images, and being excited about getting them onto the site where they were a huge hit. Black stockings, long black hair and those eyes …
"In 2000, I was in Los Angeles and producing content for the website. I’d been introduced to Kimberly in Peanuts and she’d agreed to shoot with me. To be honest, it wasn’t the easiest shoot—she was typically late (almost every model on that shoot was late) and then needed nearly two hours to get ready for the shoot. She was used to turning up to studios with makeup and lighting guys—not some ‘internet’ guy shooting with portable lights and a Sony Mavica on hard discs in a hotel room (the Ramada on Santa Monica in West Hollywood). However, she was a star and her photos shone. I shot two sets, one in red which was awesome—but for me, the black dress, black stockings and the classy look, was one of my favorite shoots of that period.
"Like so many of the aforementioned girls, Kim dropped out of the scene in the mid-2000s. She made one comeback in 2008, when Buddy Wood met her at a club and managed to secure a shoot—looking older but still great, it was a very popular return.
"By the mid-2000s, there were more models, production values had dropped as the internet allowed producers cheaper and easier access to their customers and that magic time, of going to Peanuts or the Queen Mary and bumping into one of only a handful of TS porn stars, was over. I’m not sure whether Kim or any of the girls of that time appreciate how famous they were worldwide—or if they ever got the true appreciation for it. AVN didn’t have a transsexual performer category until 2006 [2004, actually-Eds.]. The started in 2008 and although some of the models from that time have been given ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards,’ Kimberly Devine has yet to be recognized there.
"Kimberly Devine died on Friday, January 29, 2016 in Los Angeles. She was 40. Our thoughts are with her family."
Kimberly worked for several high-profile adult video companies besides those mentioned above, including Vivid, Metro, Odyssey Group, 130 C Street Corporation, All Worlds, Boy Chick Productions and Leisure Time Entertainment. AVN reviewed just two of her videos. In Drag Queen Boulevard from 130 C Street, reviewer Darklady stated that Kimberly, who she said benefitted from the "feminizing effects of cosmetics," "serves up a delicious balance of womanly charm as she's defrocked by Cody Tyler." In the other, earlier feature, Trannie Hides the Cigar from He Girl Video, reviewer Slavegirl stated that, "Kimberly has the face of a slutty babe and the dick of a stud. She tops Blade with a slow sensuous fucking and then joins him in a side-by-side jerk off to a spewing finish."