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[Interview] The Talented and Mysterious Al Tom of Altomic Visuals

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Al Tom was one of the first people I got to know when I was new to the industry. We met for the first time the day I arrived in Los Angeles for TEA 2015, and we did a shoot for the swimsuit issue of Transformation Magazine that same day. Al has become a good friend and he is one of the sweetest people I know. Each time I’ve had the opportunity to work with Al it has been a learning experience for me and always so much fun. And his photos are amazing, which is a testament not only to his skill as a photographer but also about how much we all enjoy working with him. During my time in Los Angeles we were able to get to know each other and hang out when we would run into each other at various clubs. Not to mention the fact that he’s taken a lot of photos of me at Hamburger Mary’s, TEA, and various shoots we’ve done. So it’s a pleasure and an honor to be able to do this interview with my friend, Al Tom.

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Hello Al! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview, I’m really excited to finally get the chance to interview you!

Hi Becca, thank you for asking me to do this. This will be my first ever interview, a totally new experience for me. You’re bustin’ my interview cherry, and that’s as far as we’ll go with that comment lol.

Can you tell us about your photography background and what led to your interest in working with trans women?

As far as my photography background I have very little schooling. I took some classes at community colleges but that was it. Most of it was by just doing it and reading and learning from others. The first time my photos were ever published was in my last year of high school in the yearbook. I look back on it now and laugh cause it was some really bad stuff.

How I got started photographing trans women, to be honest, it was something that never crossed my mind. For the longest time I enjoyed photographing hotrods and exotic cars. Then one day a friend of mine got me into taking photos at female modeling events all around southern California. At about the same time someone told me about this thing called the internet. You could see all kinds of things on it, well, like porn. As a red blooded American male, who was I to deny myself such a thing. So I started getting on the internet. Being a newbie to this, I just mouse clicked on things I saw and stuff popped up, I was amazed. All these beautiful pictures of naked women online, I was amazed. Then one day as pictures of naked women popped up on my screen, I clicked on the hottest one and was taken to Shemale Yum, I, WAS, AMAZED. Confused was my next reaction, then amazed again, and it went that way for a while. Then I saw at the bottom of the page was a call looking for photographers in the Los Angels area. Wait what? You mean I could actually get paid for this?

A couple days later I brought it up to a close friend at work and he said, “yeah, there’s a coupe of clubs here in LA where those kind of girls hang out”. My head damn near exploded for two reasons. First that he knew about trans women and second that he knew about not one but two trans clubs, but that’s another story.

Anyway long story short. I replied to the ad looking for photographers and did a few shoots for the Shemale Yum site. I didn’t do very many photo shoots for Shemale Yum because my life was also taking a different path at that point time. But I did meet another guy at the club that happened to have a trans pornstar girlfriend and started shooting some content for her personal site and a couple of her friends sites. That’s how it all started.

I had no idea you had shot for Shemale Yum! That’s why I love doing interviews, because I always learn something new and interesting about the person.

You are well known for the work you do photographing the Transgender Erotica Awards and the after-party. How did you get connected with Grooby and end up as one of the photographers at TEA?

I’ve known the owner of Grooby since it was in its early years and although not close we’ve maintain a friendship throughout the years. When they first started holding the awards at the local clubs I always brought my camera and took photos. It was something I just did at the time. As it got bigger I started to ask permission because now I could see they were starting to control the photo rights to the events which I can fully understand. We ended up working it out so that the photos I took at their events could benefit the both of us.

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I get exhausted just watching you hustle around all night taking photos at TEA! How many photos do you typically take during TEA and how long does it take you to edit them?

I end up taking somewhere around a little over 2000 photos. It takes me about 2-3 days to edit and finish them. I would say the hardest part sometimes is picking which photos to use. Of the 2000 shots I only end up using maybe a few hundred maybe a little less.

When I look at your photos it’s the candid shots at events like TEA which always stand out to me, and where your talent really shines through. How do you manage to capture those moments in time where we seem to get an intimate glimpse of the person?

I’m glad you like those because that’s what I really like to try to capture. A personal moment in time. A big zoom lens is where that comes in handy. That’s another reason you see me constantly moving around. I’m looking for those shots. They’re really all over and happening all the time but I have to catch it before they change or move or see me and that’s the hardest part. I really miss tons of shots because I can’t move to the right spot fast enough or they see me raise my camera. So with the big zoom lens they don’t really know I’m looking at them. I know, sounds a little creepy huh. lol

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Has the exposure you’ve gotten through TEA and Transformation Magazine allowed you to work with more of the models you’ve wanted to shoot?

Yes it has. When I first started taking photos no one knew who I was or if I was just some guy saying he was this or that. Having my work published and on the TEA website gave me some legitimacy. At least the models would know that if I asked if they would be interested in working with me it was for a real reason.

You have a unique place in the industry in that you’ve become the go-to guy for many trans models in the Los Angeles area when it comes to shoots which are more erotic and sensual rather than just porn. Is this just your personal preference in what you like to shoot?

What you don’t really know about me is that I used to help another person shoot a lot of straight porn for his own site. But after a while I really wanted to shoot more creative things. I’ve always wanted to shoot more high-end fashion stuff. But since I had no idea how to shoot high end fashion, I ended up using models both trans and cis females who needed photos and I asked if they would entertain some of my ideas. Lucky for me everyone loved doing something more erotic without being x-rated.

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Is shooting porn something you’d eventually like to do?

Yeah I’d like to shoot porn again but I want to do some trial runs with some of the people I know. Because I’m not sure the way I like to see porn is something that other people would enjoy. In other words I’m not sure my style of shooting porn will make anyone want to pay for it, and really, that’s more important than how I create it.

Are the trial runs you referred to the Skin City series we’ve gotten peaks of on social media?

The Skin City thing is something I’m still trying to get right so it probably won’t be those. It’s still in it’s experimental stage and I’m also experimenting with the video side of it too. You may have seen the short video clips I also posted on my Facebook page. But mostly in the beginning I’d just like to experiment with how I’d like to see adult content. I mean it could be a total failure, that’s why I want to do some dry runs and see how people react.

Well, in my humble opinion, I think you’ve definitely gotten it right just as it is!

You’re a regular contributor to Transformation Magazine, and your photos are always a prominent part of the Sexy Swim issue. Your photos of me have appeared in the past two Sexy Swim issues, but my personal favorites are the photos of Shelbe Chang from this year. How did your association with Hanna Rogers and Transformation come about?

A good friend of mine (Marlayna Lacie) who was a fixture at one time in the trans community was the one that got me first published in Transformation Magazine. She would write the articles and I would take the photos for the articles. She’s since retired and is now writing scripts for Hollywood. After the magazine was sold to Hanna we kept submitting articles. While Marlayna moved on to Hollywood I kept in touch with Hanna. She told me some of the kinds of photos and articles she’d like to see in her magazine and I would go and try to do them for her and that’s how that all came about.

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Among the many events you photograph on a regular basis is Jamie’s T Girl Nights held every first Saturday of the month at Hamburger Mary’s in Long Beach. Is it a challenge to focus on taking pictures when there are so many people, including me, who enjoy hanging out with you and want to talk?

Lol yes it is. I love to hang out and talk too, so sometimes I have to remember I’m there for a job. But Jamie’s Saturday night event is always packed and it’s great to see so many different kinds of people there. There are both trans men and women, gay and lesbian, gender queers and straight couples. Every color of the rainbow, so it’s pretty easy for me to photograph. Even when I am having fun chatting up people I normally still end up taking just under a thousand shots.

It’s always very odd to see you without your camera; it just doesn’t look right. Do you find it difficult when you’re out socializing to keep from thinking about photography, such as what would make a good shot or a good setting?

It is weird for me to go out and not have my camera but that’s why I’m so glad cell phone cameras have become so good. Sometimes it’s a joy not having to carry around a brick. Also, being a person that likes to experiment, I like the challenge of using the cell phone camera. I find it really fun and freeing not having to think so seriously about a lot of technical things. But sometimes yeah, I do get into it and start messing with any adjustments the cell camera has to offer. But the point being, pictures come from the person, not the equipment.

You have your own photography business, Altomic Visuals, based in Los Angeles. Do you envision a time where photography becomes your main occupation?

That’s a good question. I’m currently thinking about retiring from my current full time job. I know I will continue with my photography, I’m just not sure I want to turn my photography into my next full time job. I’m not quite at the point where I can make a decision yet. So I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

You’ve recently begun work on a new project, the Skin City series, and you’ve created quite a stir with the glimpses we’ve seen of it on social media. To say it’s tantalizing would be an understatement! And your Skin City project will be the subject of Part 2 of this interview where we focus on the Art of Porn.

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Stayed tuned next week for Part 2 of my interview with Al Tom of Altomic Visuals along with some exclusive new Skin City photos!

If you would like more information on Al Tom or Altomic Visuals please visit:

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Twitter.com/Altomicvisuals

Facebook.com/al.tom.334

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10 Out of 10!!!

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Shemale Japan is drooling over Ran’s 10th scene!!! Ran Mizumoto is a sassy little newhalf and really turns up the heat with her hot pink pout! This girl is gorgeous! Even 10 scenes aren’t nearly enough! Enjoy Ran’s strip down so you can enjoy her luscious breasts and hard tgirl cock! We can’t wait for the next 10!!!

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Kitten and Koko’s Hardcore Invitation!

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Kitten and Koko devour each other on Tgirls.porn!!! Kitten and Koko have real life chemistry and you can definitely tell in this hardcore tgirl on tgirl scene!!! These two literally invite you into their bedroom so you can enjoy the view from the inside! Enjoy this hot scene of Kitten and Koko playing hard!

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[pics] Grooby’s 20th Anniversary Party (Part 1)

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Our apologies for the delay of these photos! We had such a great time at our Grooby20 party last month that we needed a bit of time to recover! Thank you so much to all who attended to celebrate with us and thank you to those who sent us well wishes even though they were unable to attend!

Special thanks to Ben from Otola Photo and Gio for these photos! Next up we’ll have Altomic Visuals photos!

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Grooby’s ‘TGirls Porn Volume 4’ Now Available for Purchase

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Los Angeles, CA – Grooby and Exquisite announced their latest DVD, Tgirls Porn Volume 4, now available for purchase at the GroobyStore.com. The title stars Anya the Blushing Rocker, Scarlette Winters, Robin Thorn, Yuuki Trap, Korra Del Rio, Jamie French, Emmy Jagger, Emily Pixue, Domina Vi, and Fyrscha.

“We’re thrilled to bring together another hot batch of tgirl-on-tgirl scenes for our fans,” said Steven Grooby. “Authenticity was very important to us and our directors, so we chose performers who self-identify as being into other trans girls. It made for some very hot scenes!”

TGirls Porn Volume 4 is the fourth installment in Grooby’s popular series and contains five transgirl-on-transgirl hardcore scenes from directors Omar Wax, Radius Dark, and Jamie French.

All inquiries can be directed to kristel@grooby.com.

About Grooby

Founded in 1996, Grooby is currently based in Los Angeles and is the leading producer of transgender erotica. Operating over 30 membership websites, the company has numerous popular DVD lines and operates the GroobyNetwork.com, which gives models an unique opportunity to own and manage their own solo site. They are also the host of the annual Transgender Erotica Awards. For more information, visit Grooby.com.

Dialing Ladyboy Marianne on Piladyboy

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Ring, ring! Who is it? This week ladyboy Marianne is dialing someone on Piladyboy and we want to know who! Sexy Marianne is all alone and wanting a big cock in her ass, but she makes do with a big thick toy instead, riding it like there’s no tomorrow.

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Our Favorite Vampy Vixxen!!!

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The Vixxen Goddess returns to Shemale XXX hotter than ever!!! The Vixxen Goddess is just that- a goddess!!! We seriously can’t get enough of this exquisite model! Her look is as classic as it is super vamp! Her beautiful face, big perfect breasts, and long yummy cock are always welcome around these parts! Enjoy the show!

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Tran All-Star Party in Baltimore this Friday and Saturday with Award Winning TS Starlets

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New York City, NY – TGirl Events and Tranny Strip will be throwing a special Trans All-Star Party at Little Darlings in Baltimore this Friday and Saturday with guest hosts TS stars Foxxy, Morgan Bailey, Natassia Dreams, and Chanel Santini.

The two-night Trans All-Star Party will feature 20 sexy TS dancers from Tranny Strip NYC, private couch dances and VIP rooms with the dancers and special guest hosts, and shows by NYC’s Jaemy Paris, and musical entertainment from DJ Ciyn. The night will be emceed by Chelsea Malone, with hostesses Sandy Michelle and Miss Pearl pumping up the crowd all night. Table reservations and bottle service is available, contact info@TGirlEvents.com for more information.

Discounted pre-sale tickets can be purchased at www.sendomatic.com/Baltimore for $35, with door admission at $40.

Little Darlings Baltimore is located at 403 East Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21202. Friday’s party will be held on September 23, 2016, from 7pm-2am. Saturday’s party will be held on September 24, 2016, from 9pm-2am.

Visit TGirlEvents.com for more party details, pictures, and a calendar of events. You can also call their official hotline at 917-426-7121, follow them on Twitter at @TrannyStrip and Instagram at @TGirlEvents, or email them directly at Info@TGirlEvents.com.

Sweet Kendall Dreams

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Stunning Kendall Dreams returns for her second scene on Black TGirls!!! Kendall Dreams is a smoking hot new model that is sure to have big things in store!! She has a beautiful face, big perky tits, and a yummy cock that loves the camera! You’re going to be begging to have Kendall invade your dreams after this scene!!!

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Reflecting back on the two year anniversary of my shoot with Grooby

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Yesterday, September 20th 2016, marked the two year anniversary of my shoot with Grooby for Shemale Yum. It’s hard to believe it’s already been that long, but as I look back over the past two years that shoot was an important event in my life because it led to so many good things happening and helped me in so many ways. I’ve written before about what led me to apply to be a model so I won’t go into that again, but I’ve never really written much about the shoot itself, so what better time than on the two year anniversary!

Radius DarkI was fortunate that I got to work with Radius Dark for the shoot; he was very patient with me and got me to relax and guided me through the shoot. He was the consummate professional and I learned a great deal from him that has helped me to become better at modeling. So thank you Radius, none of what I accomplished the past two years would have been possible without you. When Radius first contacted me he sent a list of instructions and tips which was very helpful. I also spent a lot of time online researching anything I could find about modeling and how to be successful at it; I wanted to learn as much as I could ahead of time so that hopefully I’d feel more relaxed at the shoot. I didn’t realize at that point that the most important thing for a successful shoot is to just relax and have fun, but that would come later as I gained more self-confidence and felt more comfortable in front of the camera.

One of the items on the instructions Radius sent me was to practice ahead of time what I’d say during the videos, so I actually sat down and wrote out a list of things to say! The week before the shoot I went to visit my mom, which is a three hour drive, so for the better part of three hours I practiced talking and trying to sound sexy. But I think I spent more time laughing, thinking about how unreal this all was and the fact I was in my car practicing how to talk dirty! lol

As the shoot got closer I started getting things ready. I’m always very meticulous about planning out everything and making sure I look my best, and I had everything scheduled, such as what day to do my nails and my hair and when to shave. After much deliberation I chose my outfits, shoes, and accessories. Looking back, I was happy with how the blue outfit looked but I wish I had chosen a different outfit instead of the black one. I printed directions to the hotel and familiarized myself with the area. I planned for every little detail and left nothing to chance. Yes, you could say I was a bit anal-retentive!

Becca Benz shoot for GroobyThe big day finally arrived and I packed my outfits, double-checking to make sure I didn’t forget anything, and began getting ready. I rarely wear foundation so I was a bit worried that it would look too heavy, but it turned out fine, and I was pleased with my hair and makeup. So I packed up the car and headed to the hotel. The shoot was in Vancouver, which was just over the river from where I was living, and traffic was light and I managed to not get lost, so I got to the hotel early. The shoot before mine ran long which meant I had to wait for a while in my car, which was not a good thing because it gave me too much time to over-think things. But I managed to stay calm and relaxed; it helped that I brought along a can of Coke with a little rum added, in spite of the fact that the instructions from Radius stated drinking was a big no-no and could result in the shoot being cancelled. But I only had a little to drink, just enough to take the edge off.

Radius texted me when the shoot was finished and said I could come up to the room. When I got to the room the other model was still there, which was totally unexpected and a bit unnerving. I have no idea who she was, I just remember how relaxed she was, which was the complete opposite of how I was feeling! We got all the paperwork filled out and took the ID photos and then he went over how the shoot would go and he gave me some tips and then it was time to get at it! I admit I was a little concerned I might have trouble getting hard if I was too nervous, so I took a Viagra when I got there just to be sure. I’d never taken Viagra before so I had no idea what to expect, but I soon felt this warm sensation and realized I was hard as a rock and ready to go!

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Taking a break during the shoot

I was looking forward to the photo part and had fun with that once I relaxed. Radius must have told me a thousand times to lift my head up and point my chin because I tend to look down, which I’d never realized before. He also had to keep tell me to pointing my toes, which was another thing that was new to me. Even two years later I still remember to keep my head up and point my chin and to always keep my toes pointed. I feel very fortunate I had such a good teacher to learn from on my first shoot. Halfway through the shoot I was starving, so we ordered a pizza from Dominos and chatted while we took a break. After a few slices I was ready to get back to work.

The video part were not quite as much fun as the photos because I was so stressed about my voice and worried about not messing up what I wanted to say. We started and stopped several times when Radius had to give me directions or I had a question. I stopped several times right in the middle to ask if I was doing okay which probably drove Radius nuts, and I will always appreciate how patient and reassuring he was with me. The first video I didn’t feel very good about, but I felt better about the second one. I still have never watched my videos and have no plans to do so, because I know I’d be mortified by how I sound and be overly critical about how I did, so it’s just better to not even go there.

So, we made it through the shoot without any major hiccups, and I got cleaned up and then headed home. It was really late and I was beat; I had no idea how physically demanding a shoot could be. But I felt good about the shoot and was proud of myself for doing something that was so outside of my comfort zone and was excited to see where this would go.

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Then it was just a matter of waiting until my set came out, and working to build up a fan base. I set up accounts on Twitter and Facebook for Becca Benz, and then tried to figure out how to get followers. I was totally clueless about social media and pestered Radius with a bunch of questions, and once again he was patient with me and helped me to get started. I remember when I opened my Twitter account I had no idea who to follow or how it worked, I think I followed a few magazines and stores, but Radius helped me to understand that I needed to follow people in the industry, and that got me moving in the right direction. I was also very fortunate that I got to know a few people early on who helped me out a great deal and without their help I would have been lost. A big thank you to Andy, one of my very first friends on Twitter who was a huge help to me and has been a good friend. And then disaster struck when my Facebook account was suspended for reasons which I was never able to find out. I was so upset and felt that having to start a new Facebook profile would be a big set-back, but I got a new account set up and found many of my friends from the first account and kept moving forward. A special thank you to my friend Christy for helping me through all that and for keeping me from totally losing it.

Becca Benz shoot for GroobySo I worked on building up my fan base all of October and into November and waited for my set to come out. I’m not always the most patient person and there was a certain level of frustration when the release date kept getting pushed back; this was an exciting time for me and I was anxious to start this new career and see where it led me. And then I finally learned when my first set was going to be released; on Black Friday, which I was not very happy about because I felt like everyone would be out shopping which would cause my set to not get as many viewers. Like I said, I can be a bit anal-retentive and at that point I was stressing about every little thing; I didn’t yet have the perspective to look at the big picture and to realize the release date wasn’t all that important. And then after the set was released I kept checking the rating of my set but decided I had to stop doing that because I was driving myself crazy doing that. So I learned to not stress over every little detail and to just focus on the things I needed to do, and I’d say things worked out pretty well. I was selected Model of the Month for December 2014, which was completely unexpected and meant a great deal to me. It still means a lot to me even two years later.

Looking back over the past two years, it’s been quite an adventure and I feel very fortunate to have met so many wonderful people and to experience things which I could never have dreamed of. Doing this shoot opened doors to more opportunities and allowed me to gain confidence and grow as a person, and for that I will forever be grateful to everyone at Grooby and all those who have been part of this journey. And I’m proud of myself for taking a big leap into the unknown and making it work, and for realizing that the only limitations in life are the ones we impose on ourselves. I began a modeling career at the age of 52 and was successful, and hopefully I was able to inspire a few people along the way by showing that age is just a number and that it’s never too late.

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Domino Presley is Grinding!

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Have you checked out Domino Presley’s official website yet? She’s back with weekly updates for her fans, including this one called “Grinding” where she strokes herself off in bed for us to see!

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Grooby’s ‘Shemale Japan #6’ on DVD Now Available for Purchase

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Los Angeles, CA – Grooby and Exquisite announced the release of their newest DVD, Shemale Japan #6, now available for purchase at GroobyStore.com. The title is directed by 2016 TEA nominee Terry.

“Our Japanese content has produced one of our most popular series yet,” said Grooby’s Marketing and Editorial Director Kristel Penn. “We’ve chosen a great cast of up and coming performers in Japan, including the beautiful Julia Winston, who graced us with a visit to LA earlier this year.”

Shemale Japan #6 stars Megumi, Miharu, Julia Winston, Makoto Nanase, and Mari Sora in five uncensored hardcore scenes shot exclusively in Japan. To watch the exclusive trailer or buy a copy of the DVD, visit the GroobyStore.com.

All inquiries can be directed to kristel@grooby.com.

About Grooby

Founded in 1996, Grooby is currently based in Los Angeles and is the leading producer of transgender erotica. Operating over 30 membership websites, the company has numerous popular DVD lines and operates the GroobyNetwork.com, which gives models an unique opportunity to own and manage their own solo site. They are also the host of the annual Transgender Erotica Awards. For more information, visit Grooby.com.

Korra and Dorian’s Hardcore Wild Ride!!!

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Korra Del Rio and Dorian have some major heat in Shemale YUM‘s latest hardcore scene!! Korra Del Rio is a gorgeous petite tgirl with natural breasts, a yummy bubble butt, and a luscious little cock she’s happy to feed to her scene partner! This little firecracker might be tiny but she can take quite a bit! Watch these two exchange blowjobs before Korra hops on top for a wild ride!!!

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Neena on the Prowl!!!

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Lovely nubile Neena is on the FEMOUT XXX prowl!!! Neena is a luscious looking new model!!! She’s tall and thin with perfect natural breasts and a face that’s as sultry as it is cute! This scene of Neena in her sparkly cat ears seriously has it all!!! Enjoy this gorgeous new model! She’s sure to get your engine’s purring!!!

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Alsu Arrives!!!

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Shemale XXX welcomes sexy Russian model Alsu to the scene!!! Alsu is an amazing tall slim tgirl with a round juicy ass!! This model is seriously ALL legs!!! Enjoy this amazing debut scene of Alsu showing off her natural breasts and perfect little pucker before she plunges her favorite toy in! YUM!

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