Allanah Starr was born in Cuba and emigrated to the United States at the age five along with her family escaping political persecution. Her father had been a political prisoner and a radical anti-communist, so they were granted permission to migrate. At first, her family briefly relocated to New Jersey but permanently settled in Miami where she grew up.
Always an advanced and honor student but severely bullied at school, she decided to overcome her shyness and fears at the age of 15 by enrolling in speech and debate and drama courses. They worked, and her desire to perform blossomed so much that her first performance in drag was at the age of 16 in a high school talent competition with the German Club (a production of Julie Brown’s ‘The Homecoming Queen Has Got A Gun’ as the female lead) in which she won. Having a desire to sudy acting but being denied so by her parents, Allanah decided to enroll in fashion college. It was during this time that Starr developed a career as a performance artist in Miami Beach during the mid 90′s under the name Damian Dee-Vine.
She was a club kid that became well known for her outrageous costumes, make up, and performances in the media and social circuit. She went on to achieve nightclub fame and performed for the likes of Madonna at her 32nd birthday party (which was chronicled years later by her brother in his book Life With My Sister Madonna), Gianni Versace’s parties at his home before his death, and other high profile celebrity and corporate events. She then took a job at the famed restaurant Lucky Chengs where she worked until its’ closure in Miami Beach. It was during that time that Allanah began to physically change to female.
Allanah always felt extremely effeminate and she describes her transition as an “evolvement of her femininity” since “I just changed the outside to match what I always felt inside of me. The change was purely cosmetic, I’ve always felt the same internally”. This also commenced her long love affair with cosmetic surgery, thus far having over 60 cosmetic surgeries and thousands of cosmetic procedures. Feeling a desire to divert paths, in 1999 she moved to New York and surprisingly decided to pursue a career in the adult entertainment industry. She has said of this ‘I had just finished my first long term relationship as a transsexual woman and I was jaded. I was jaded at love and at the fact that most men I met saw me as a sexual exploit. I then carefully decided that no one would ever exploit me, I would exploit myself, I was to be in charge of my sexuality and gender and no one else’”. She began as a web model, opened her own site, and then began acting in films.
Allanah became one of the world’s most famous transsexual adult film actresses. She was one of the first transsexuals to hold a contract with a major production studio, made XXX history by filming the first ever male to female sex scene with a female to male transsexual (her good friend Buck Angel), had a line of adult toys molded after her likeness, and in 2008 was awarded the highest honor an adult performer can receive the AVN Transsexual Performer Of The Year Award (consider it a porn Oscar, if you will). During this time she also revived the trans party scene in Manhattan, by establishing monthly themed extravaganzas and weekly events that still run to date. In 2009 Allanah decided to take a break from the adult world and by chance was asked by artist Marc Quinn to pose along side Buck Angel in London for a series of sculptures. She was immortalized in two life size bronze sculptures (one which depicted the couple as a modern day Adam and Eve and the other in a sexual position) for his sensational show in London that debuted at The White Cube Gallery in 2010 along side sculptures of Michael Jackson and Pamela Anderson. The sculptures have since travelled in different exhibitions worldwide and are part of private collections.
Longing to fulfill a life long dream to live in Europe, she decided to leave New York and settled first in London then in Paris in 2010. It was there that she she met Emmauel D’ Orazio and Marc Zafutto and with their encouragement became a showgirl once more. She made her Paris debut at Espace Cardin for a Club Sandwich party riding a mechanical bull. Since, she has gone on to perform at legendary Paris clubs like Maxim’s, Castel, Rasputin and has travelled through France and Europe performing in nightclubs, private events, and charity events like The Life Ball in Vienna. Under the suggestion of Mr. Zafutto, Allanah wrote her first one woman show An Evening With Allanah Starr: The Life Of A Real Woman With A Fake Passport which debuted to much fanfare at Rasputin in December of 2013. The art work for the show was designed by artist and friend Ali Mahdavi. Currently, the show is being prepared for a longer Paris run with tours to start internationally in New York. During this time she also appeared of the cover of Phillip Toledano’s photography book and exhibition ‘A New Kind Of Beauty’, in the artwork and book of Jeremy Kost, and in a pictorial as Dolly Parton shot by Ali Madhavi for Candy Magazine.
In the Spring of 2014 Allanah made history by being the first ever transsexual to perform on the stage of the world famous Crazy Horse cabaret in Paris at a private party for the fashion house of Balmain under the direction of Olivier Rousteing . Those in the audience included Rhianna and Jessica Alba. Allanah performed a solo of ‘Champagne Tastes’ by Eartha Kitt, then appeared in the finale with the Crazy Horse girls. She has described this as one of the highlights of her performance career. Currently, Allanah lives with her pet taxidermy baby lion Gloria in between Paris and New York and continues to perform, model and is developing an auto biographical multi media art show. She spends her free time reading, watching classic films, shopping, and occasionally sacrificing virgins.