Busting the myths of porn with Australia most successful export
WHILE Australia was watching in awe as Margot Robbie got her Oscar selection last month, another Aussie movie star was also taking the US by storm.
But there’ s a good reason you might not have heard about it, mainly because Angela White is a adult porn star.
I actually first met Angela (her real name and adult movie name) six years ago at a Sexpo in Townsville, and it was pointed out to me in those days by Australian adult market insiders how business-minded she was and how successful she’d be.
Standing up with her in Las Vegas as she collected a great unprecedented 14 awards with the 35th annual Adult Video News Awards (widely generally known as “ the Oscars of porn” ), I had a proud moment.
This is a controversial and taboo world but it does not always mean we shouldn’ t observe her achievements.
White is the only Foreign to have ever been inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame, the only Foreign to have ever co-hosted the AVN Awards (an industry honour in itself), as well as the only Aussie to have ever won the much-coveted AVN Award for Female Artist of the Year.
Yes, her work is a little more physical than most — she describes as an adult performer as similar to being a sexual athlete. But the fact that sex on display is the job and commodity that is traded does not mean her professionalism, determination and passion on her work should be devalued.
Angela White with one of her many trophies from the AVN awards.
Angela White with one of her many trophies from the AVN awards. Resource: Supplied
With an Instagram following of two. 5 million people and an organic growth rate of additional 5000 followers a day (something most influencers would dream of), sitting with White I learned that there exists more to becoming a successful porn star than just having sex. This is an industry that requires significant business acumen, intelligence and a thick skin to reach the top (or on the top, or perhaps on the side or in reverse cowgirl).
But what will make Ms White stand out from the crowd? “ Firstly, it’ s the fact that I take pleasure in what I do, ” she said. “ My passion is what makes me stand out as being a producer, director and a performer. Fans want to see and feel a real connection on screen and they can tell each time a performer isn’ t totally engaged. ”
She continued: “ It’ s also about professionalism. It’ s all good to love what you do and to come to be passionate about it, but you must also turn up on time, be prepared, occur with the correct wardrobe and stay pleasant and patient in set. You have to conduct your self in a way that is appropriate. Having esteem for everyone on set is very important, from the director and camera operators to the make-up music artists and production assistants. You could end up a great performer, but if you are difficult to have upon set, people won’ big t want to book you or work with you. ”
Angela White colored loved hamming it up on stage as host of the 2018 Adult Video News Honours. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Pictures
Angela Light loved hamming it up on stage as host of the 2018 Adult Video News Honours. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images
Hearing this, I’ meters reminded that most jobs require you to be this way to be successful and perhaps the adult industry is certainly not as different as persons think.
Yet how lucrative can working in the adult industry end up being? “ Average pay is hard to gauge, ” White explained.
She reports the average rate for a female performer is between $1260-$1500 for a hardcore boy/girl scene, which would take any where from half to a full time to shoot. She said there are female performers that get paid far more.
“ My scenes start at $1900. But that amount does not include anal. Anal needs more preparation and thus extra labour time so there may be an additional cost. My price for anal starts in $2500 and goes up if it includes double penetration. The more complex the act as well as the more people involved, the more expensive my rate will be. ”
Getting into the industry wasn’ t hanging around for White.
“ I was very intimate growing up, and I was criticised for the way which i expressed my sexuality.
“ I was teased and called a slut and a lesbian at age 18. I was called a ‘ lemon’ (nickname for lesbian) and had lemons thrown at me. It wasn’ t just simply verbal but physical also. I was punched in the face intended for expressing my sexuality, ” she said.
“ I grew up just before Instagram, before the ‘ thick’ trend existed (a phrase commonly used in America to describe crooked women). I read Junk and Girlfriend and watched TV and never saw my figure represented in a positive light in mainstream media. Once i was introduced to pornography, I actually finally found women with my body type celebrated and sexualised. I saw porn like a space where I could exhibit and explore my sexuality, and have my sexuality commemorated rather than criticised. ”
She worked as soon as she was of legal age.
“ My first shoot was for a magazine called Voluptuous. I was treated like a queen and my curves had been finally celebrated. They released images of natural breasts that hang. We are accustomed to seeing enhanced breasts that large breasts that slope are considered saggy. However the editors at Voluptuous known them lovingly as hangers and referred to stretch marks since beauty marks. It was a positive experience for me to have my body held up as desirable that was counter to what mainstream mass media deemed sexy. ”
Porn star Angela White has defended the controversial industry, and feels no child should ever watch what she does indeed.
Porn legend Angela White has looked after the controversial industry, and believes no child will need to ever watch what your woman does. Source: Supplied
But White admits going into porn is a long way to look for body positivity.
“ Right now there may well have been other ways for me to express my sexuality, although I couldn’ t see them. Porn was the start I saw my body represented confidently. Porn was the first space where I saw people getting celebrated for having sex with multiple people of ranging genders. When I started executing, I finally found a place where I could pursue my personal passion with like-minded, sex-positive peers. I feel like I actually belong in the adult sector. I work with people that think about sex, sexuality and sex-related creativity in the same way that I carry out. I can’ t find anything else quite like porn to me. ”
Coming to a porn conference and seeing all different types of bodies, I was curious at the sight of pubic hair, something a large number of think is a requirement on the market to take off.
White had a lot to state on the matter.
“ You don’ capital t have to have a bikini wax tart, but you to do have to have very good hygiene and be well-groomed. In porn, the bush has returned. Most girls that have pubic frizzy hair will trim underneath, in the outer labia, so that the camera can see everything. But it’ s not a requirement to shave or wax. A lot of movies nowadays celebrate the bush, and then for those movies, directors will demand you to grow your bush being cast. But in the end, care is far more important than simply how much or how little pubic hair you have. Performers need to be very aware of their own tastes and smell. What you eat and even what you wear can impact your vaginal augmenija. Many female performers take probiotics to replace the good bacterias they wash away resulting from frequent douching. ”
There is of course a downside to this industry and the stars themselves are the best individuals to explain this.
“ I know that the adult movie industry has been criticised to get allegedly trying to promote their product to people under the age of 18, ” she stated.
While this lady has enjoyed the body positivity of working as a porn star, Angela White admits there’ s personal downsides to the industry, including regular discrimination.
While she has enjoyed the body positivity of working as a porn celebrity, Angela White admits there’ s personal downsides to the industry, including regular splendour. Source: Supplied
“ But that is a fantasy. We want paying customers — this is a business for us. People under the age of 18 can’ t get credit cards, they can’ t pay for adult.
“ This kind of myth also suggests that those in the porn industry don’ t have a code of ethics. It’ s as though people think that since we do porn we are terrible people who don’ capital t care about the welfare of young teens and kids. That’ s absolutely untrue. It’ s called the adult entertainment industry. It’ h entertainment created by and then for adults.
“ This is not for young people whom haven’ t had gender before. This is not how you should learn about sex. That is like watching The Fast And The Furious to learn how to get. The stunts done in The Fast And The Furious are carried out by trained professionals in safe and controlled conditions. Just like in porn.
“ We are professionals working in a safe and controlled environment. This is not how individuals have sex at home. Sure, there are several scenes that are closer to what individuals are doing at home. But individuals are not seeing the preparing and the cuts for lubricant. It is a product and it is edited. ”
Concerning the fear that porn achievement kinkier and influencing these types of acts to be done in our very own bedrooms, White said: “ I disagree with the concept that there has been a steady, uninterrupted development to harder and kinkier scenes.
“ Porn, like any industry, goes through trends. During the early 2000s ‘ gonzo porn’ (a genre that got its name from Gonzo journalism, a method that breaks the fourth wall) was king and rough scenes were spust w cipe common, yet by the late noughties, the pendulum had begun to swing towards more motion picture and romantic, ‘ couples-friendly’ porn.
“ But there is a problem with the word ‘ couples friendly’ because obviously some couples just like kinkier, harder, rougher products too. There’ s as well other movements within adult, like the feminist porn activity, or the alt-porn movement initiated by people such as Joanna Angel, that have proliferated together with the rise of the internet. It’ s not a simple acceleration to harder and harder scenes. It’ s like fashion. A certain trend will become popular consequently people start to produce it. ”
Nonetheless White admits that the porn industry is not for everybody.
“ For folks like me, it’ s a good place where I can communicate my sexuality and I can be myself. But performers face a lot of stereotyping and stigma as a result of being interested in this industry so I wouldn’ t recommend it to anyone who isn’ t willing to experience that negativity.
“ Performers deal with issues with trolls and established on social media, institutionalised splendour when applying for bank accounts and loans, and their profession can even be used against them in custody battles. Performing in porn can also exacerbate pre-existing mental health issues. The pressure of being in the limelight and being ‘ on’ 24 hours a day on social media is a lot to deal with. ”
Angela White might not be an Foreign household name like Margot Robbie, but she is worshipped in numerous bedrooms across our country. She is our hidden Foreign star. Should we think any kind of less of her mainly because she uses her entire and bare body pertaining to entertainment or take a moment not to only learn from her nevertheless celebrate her success?