Belle Knox’s days at Duke University begin like most typical college students — breakfast at the dining hall, going to classes, studying and then work.

Work, however, is where the similarities end.

Knox, a college freshman and fast-rising adult film newcomer, spends her time after classes and homework performing in adult films, maintaining her adult website, Live.BelleKnox.com, and juggling media interviews.

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Adult movies are, of course, a controversial line of work that Knox initially tried to pursue quietly to pay for her pricey Duke tuition just a few months ago. But once a fellow Duke classmate exposed her identity, Knox wasn’t about to quit the business — or apologize to anyone.

Knox went public, penning an essay for the women’s website XOJane.com about why she “enjoys” her work.

And the media firestorm began, with Knox appearing everywhere from ABC’s “The View” to CNN.

“It’s been really, really hard to keep up with everything that’s going on, as well as do my homework,” Knox, a women’s studies major, says in a phone interview. “It’s, like, insanely difficult. I have a lot of late nights, and it’s really hard to balance interviews and balance my media appearances and flying all over the country every weekend, but I’m doing it.”

Knox will be making an exclusive live appearance at the upcoming eXXXotica Atlantic City expo, a three-day event billed as the nation’s largest event dedicated to love and sex with a tagline of “sexy, fun, different.” The convention kicks off Friday, April 11, and runs through Sunday, April 13, at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City.

She will also offer a meet-and-greet with fans, sign autographs and spread what she calls a “sex positive” message to attendees.

“I think the message I really want out there is woman can have just as much sex as men and be proud of it and not try to hide it,” says Knox, 19. “Sex can really empower women … I reject the notion that sex is something women have to give away.”

Show director J. Handy says he wanted to book Knox as soon as he heard her story.

“We knew the second she popped up in the news — and then after reading her article — this girl is exactly what we want,” Handy says. “The idea of that sex-positive attitude (she has) is what we strive to do.”

The weekend convention will host a who’s-who roster of some of the biggest adult film stars, including Alyssa Lynn, Jasmine Caro, Joslyn James and adult film legend Ron Jeremy.

In addition, attendees can find more than 100 exhibitors with products for men, women and couples from all walks of life, plus a variety of performances and events on the AEBN Entertainment stage.

The weekend will also include the 2014 eXXXotica Fan Choice Awards — also known as “The Fannys” — taking place inside the Xanadu Theater at the Taj Mahal on Saturday, April 12. Knox is nominated for “Best Newcomer on the Block.”

Handy is quick to note the irony of anyone who might be uncomfortable with an adult industry convention coming to the resort — a resort which happens to include a number of burlesque and strip clubs, and even swingers clubs.

“Atlantic City has been half-pregnant for a long time,” Handy says. “It’s a family community … but also the place where you find the only casino in the world that has a strip club inside it? In today’s day in age, our event is what Atlantic City needs. It’s the nongaming events that draw people in.”

Seminars held throughout the weekend will include everything from exploring the legend of Jeremy, breaking into the adult film business and various bedroom techniques that can’t be described in a newspaper.

“One of the things that has made eXXXotica what it is today is the education side of it,” Handy says. “When we first started in 2006, I would never expect that to be the thing that takes off, but today, sex is way more of an open topic of discussion. The seminars are awesome. None of them takes themselves too seriously.”

“Those people that turn red when they walk in … those are the ones that we want,” Handy says. “It’s always nice to get somebody involved who is kind of on the cusp. I personally, after doing this for so long, I think it’s crazy people don’t talk about sex.”

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