Aria Giovanni (born November 3, 1977) is an actress and nude model who was Penthouse Pet for the month of September 2000. She has modeled in a range of photographic styles, and has also had roles in television shows.
In 2000, Aimee Sweet introduced Giovanni to glamour photographer Suze Randall, who in late May of that year shot photos of Giovanni which appeared in the September issue of Penthouse magazine. At the same time, she also appeared on the web site Bomis, posing clothed for a Ferrari giveaway contest.
Around the same time that she shot the Penthouse photos, she transferred to University of California, San Diego as a junior transfer student intending to major in biochemistry and minor in English writing. However, she opted not to attend as she felt that the workload would not leave time for modeling; "I knew I could always come back to school, but I probably couldn't come back to modeling."
Giovanni has appeared in bondage, fetish, amateur, glamour and artistic photography. Giovanni has worked extensively with Andrew Blake, appearing in Girlfriends, Aria, Blondes & Brunettes, Justine, Adriana and Naked Diva. She has appeared in softcore pornographic movies, although most of her lesbian scenes involve purely implied sexual contact. In the early part of her modeling career she made extensive use of sex toys in masturbation videos, which she has since stopped doing.
In October 2008, Giovanni appeared in the first episode of James Gunn's short-form web video series, PG Porn playing a role opposite Nathan Fillion. When interviewed about the episode, she claimed that a kiss with Fillion was the first on-screen kiss she'd ever shared with a man.