TS Pornstar Aubrey Kate Wins Big at the 2017 TEAs; Signs with Kristel Penn’s Ikigai Marketing + PR

credit: Chris King | Reel Seduction

credit: Chris King | Reel Seduction

Trans performer Aubrey Kate took home the .XXX sponsored Best Hardcore Performer Award at the 2017 TEAs held this past weekend in Hollywood, CA. The win signifies a sweep for Kate, who also won at both XBIZ and AVN in January 2017. During her acceptance speech at the TEAs, she also thanked her new publicist, Kristel Penn, who launched Ikigai Marketing + PR earlier this year.

Los Angeles, CA - XBIZ and AVN award-winning performer Aubrey Kate won the coveted Best Hardcore Performer Award sponsored by .XXX on Sunday at the 2017 TEAs held at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. Other projects affiliated with Kate were recognized at the event as well, including Best DVD winner ‘Real Fucking Girls’ directed by Mona Wales from Grooby and Best Scene winner ‘Phoenix Marie’s TS Threesome’  from Kink’s TS Seduction.

“I was so stressed out at the show that I couldn’t think about anything,” said Aubrey Kate. “When they announced my name for Best Hardcore Performer, I was in shock. It only started to settle in while I was on stage. I feel like I accomplished a milestone; I didn’t expect to win at all three award shows. I don’t know if there are other trans performers who have already done the same - but I know this was a big marking point for my career.”

Aubrey Kate swept at all three major adult award shows this year, picking up the XBIZ Trans Performer of the Year, AVN Trans Performer of the Year, AVN Fan Choice Trans Performer of the Year, AVN Trans Cam Performer of the Year, and now TEA Hardcore Performer of the Year. During her TEA acceptance speech, she thanked her new publicist Kristel Penn.

“Kristel’s career in the industry speaks for itself and she’s been a longtime advocate for trans performers,” Kate continued. “I’ve gone to her for advice in the past and I know she looks out for many of us performers, so I knew that signing with her was the next step I wanted to take to further my career.”  

“Aubrey and I have known each other for almost the entire duration of her career and we’ve always worked well together,” added Kristel Penn from Ikigai Marketing + PR. “Funny enough, she actually approached me a couple of months ago wanting to work together, without knowing yet that I was in the process of setting everything up for Ikigai Marketing + PR. The timing of her request was nothing short of being kismet, so it ended up being kind of perfect that she’s my first official client.”

Fans are encouraged to visit to stay up to date on Aubrey Kate’s latest scenes, upcoming events, and more. You can also follow her on Twitter @AubreyKatexxx.

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Aubrey Kate is a multi-award winning performer who has picked up accolades from all three major adult award shows: AVN, XBIZ, and the TEAs. She also starred in the multi-award winning title, REAL FUCKING GIRLS directed by Mona Wales. Visit her official fan site at

Ikigai Marketing + PR is owned and managed by 2017 XBIZ Industry Exec Brand Ambassador of the Year, Kristel Penn. She is currently the Marketing and Editorial Director at Grooby, the current editor at Transformation Magazine, and is on the Board of Directors for non-profit organization TAIF (Trans Adult Industry Foundation).

With nearly a decade of experience doing marketing and copywriting for mainstream and adult, she offers business consultations, PR services, and more. Visit for more information.

Grooby's Kristel Penn Launches Ikigai Marketing and PR

Los Angeles, CA - Grooby’s longtime Marketing and Editorial Director, Kristel Penn,  announced the launch of her company, Ikigai Marketing and PR. Along with her continued responsibilities at Grooby, she is now offering separate business consulting services.  

“I’ve been working with Grooby for nearly a decade and I’ve always shared my knowledge and resources with any performer who has asked me for advice,” said Kristel Penn. “In recent years I’ve had performers ask me to guide them in their careers in a more official capacity and I thought this would be the most helpful format.

“The term ‘ikigai’ is a Japanese concept meaning ‘reason for being,’” continued Penn. “I firmly believe that success is the most substantial and sustainable when it aligns with a person’s personal and professional ikigai.”

Ikigai Marketing and PR offers a wide variety of services, but a unique feature is a bundled consultation that includes a 30-minute life coaching session with a sex positive licensed therapist (LMFT) who works extensively with the LGBTQ community followed up with a 1-hour business consultation with Kristel Penn. She also offers business consultations, copywriting and editing, brand building, and other marketing services on a case-by-case basis.

Penn added, “I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all kind of blueprint for success. For this reason, I’m very excited to offer business consultations bundled with a life coaching session. In my experience, it’s helped clients to further clarify their professional and personal goals so we can create a strategy tailored to them.”

Kristel Penn has a B.A. from George Washington University and a Marketing Certificate from Santa Monica College. She has nearly a decade of experiencing in marketing and copywriting for both mainstream and adult media. She is on the Board of Directors for TAIF (Trans Adult Industry Foundation) and has presented educational workshops around the country to help destigmatize the adult industry and the consumption of porn. Most recently, Penn was awarded the 2017 XBIZ Industry Exec Award Brand Ambassador of the Year.  

For more information, visit or contact Kristel directly at

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