Busting the myths of porn with Australia most successful export
WHILE Australia was watching in awe as Margot Robbie got her Oscar candidate selection last month, another Aussie superstar 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 movie star.
I 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 the woman was and how successful she would be.
Located with her in Las Vegas as she collected an unprecedented 14 awards at 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 celebrate her achievements.
White is the only All the to have ever been inducted in the AVN Hall of Fame, the only All the to have ever co-hosted the AVN Awards (an sector honour in itself), plus the only Aussie to have at any time won the much-coveted AVN Award for Female Performer of the Year.
Yes, her work is a little more physical than just about all — she describes as an adult performer as comparable to being a sexual athlete. However the fact that sex on display screen is the job and product 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. Source: Supplied
With an Instagram following of 2. 5 million people and an organic growth rate of additional 5000 followers each day (something most influencers will dream of), sitting with White I learned that there is certainly more to becoming a powerful porn star than just having sex. This is an industry that requires serious business acumen, intelligence and a thick skin to reach the top (or on the top, or on the side or in reverse cowgirl).
But what makes Ms White stand out from the crowd? “ Firstly, it’ s the fact that I like what I do, ” the lady 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 upon screen and they can tell each time a gay masturbation performer isn’ t completely engaged. ”
She continued: “ It’ s also about professionalism and reliability. It’ s all good to love what you do and to end up being passionate about it, but you must also turn up on time, be prepared, get there with the correct wardrobe and be pleasant and patient upon set. You have to conduct your self in a way that is appropriate. Having reverence for everyone on set is very important, from the director and camera operators to the make-up music artists and production assistants. You could be a great performer, but if you are difficult to have on set, people won’ big t want to book you or work with you. ”
Angela White colored loved hamming it up onstage as host of the 2018 Adult Video News Awards. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Photos
Angela White wine loved hamming it up onstage as host of the 2018 Adult Video News Prizes. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images
Hearing this, I’ m reminded that most jobs need you to be this way to be successful and perhaps the adult industry is definitely not as different as persons think.
Nevertheless how lucrative can employed in the adult industry become? “ Average pay is hard to gauge, ” White said.
She reports the average rate for a feminine performer is between $1260-$1500 for a hardcore boy/girl arena, 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 price does not include anal. Anal requires more preparation and thus extra labour time so there exists an additional cost. My price for anal starts for $2500 and goes up if this includes double penetration. A lot more complex the act as well as the more people involved, the more expensive my rate will be. ”
Getting into the industry wasn’ t smooth sailing for White.
“ I was very lovemaking growing up, and I was criticised for the way that we expressed my sexuality.
“ I was tempted and called a slut and a lesbian at age 13. I was called a ‘ lemon’ (nickname for lesbian) and had lemons thrown at me. It wasn’ t simply verbal but physical too. I was punched in the face to get expressing my sexuality, ” she said.
“ I grew up ahead of Instagram, before the ‘ thick’ trend existed (a term commonly used in America to describe flexural women). I read Dolly and Girlfriend and viewed TV and never saw my body represented in a positive light in mainstream media. While i was introduced to pornography, We finally found women with my body type celebrated and sexualised. I saw porn as a space where I could express and explore my libido, 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 posted images of natural boobs that hang. We are so used to seeing enhanced boobs that large breasts that slope are considered saggy. Nevertheless the editors at Voluptuous known them lovingly as hangers and referred to stretch marks while beauty marks. It was a good experience for me to have my body held up as desirable which was counter to what mainstream advertising deemed sexy. ”
Porn star Angela White has defended the controversial industry, and believes no child should ever watch what she does.
Porn star Angela White has looked after the controversial industry, and believes no child should certainly ever watch what the girl does. Source: Supplied
But White accepts the fact going into porn is a long way to look for body positivity.
“ At this time there may well have been other ways 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 being celebrated for having sex with multiple people of running genders. When I started doing, I finally found an area where I could pursue my personal passion with like-minded, sex-positive peers. I feel like I belong in the adult sector. I work with people that think about sex, sexuality and sexual creativity in the same way that I carry out. I can’ t observe anything else quite like porn personally. ”
Coming to a porn conference and seeing all different types of bodies, I was curious at the sight of pubic hair, something many think is a requirement in the market to take off.
White had a lot to express on the matter.
“ You don’ capital t have to have a bikini feel, but you to do have to have great hygiene and be well-groomed. In porn, the bush is back. Most girls that have pubic frizzy hair will trim underneath, around 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 to become cast. But in the end, cleanliness is far more important than just how much or how little pubic hair you have. Performers must be very aware of their own style and smell. What you take in and even what you wear may impact your vaginal bacteria. Many female performers consider probiotics to replace the good bacteria they wash away because of frequent douching. ”
There is of course a downside to this industry and the stars themselves are the best people to explain this.
“ I know that the adult industry has been criticised intended for allegedly trying to promote the product to people under the associated with 18, ” she said.
While this lady has enjoyed the body positivity of working as a porn legend, Angela White admits there’ s personal downsides to the industry, including regular elegance.
While this lady 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. Persons under the age of 18 can’ t get credit cards, they can’ t pay for adult porn.
“ This kind of myth also suggests that the ones in the porn industry don’ t have a code of ethics. It’ s i9000 as though people think that since we do porn were terrible people who don’ big t care about the welfare of young teens and kids. That’ s absolutely untrue. It’ s called the adult entertainment industry. It’ t entertainment created by and then for adults.
“ This is not for young people who haven’ t had intimacy before. This is not how you will need to learn about sex. That is like watching The Fast Plus the Furious to learn how to drive. The stunts done in The Fast And The Furious are done by trained professionals in safe and controlled surroundings. Just like in porn.
“ We are specialists working in a safe and regulated environment. This is not how individuals have sex at home. Sure, there are several scenes that are closer to what folks are doing at home. But people are not seeing the prep and the cuts for lubricant. It is a product and it is modified. ”
As for the fear that porn gets kinkier and influencing these types of acts to be done in our personal bedrooms, White said: “ I disagree with the idea that there has been a steady, uninterrupted progression to harder and kinkier scenes.
“ Porn, like any industry, goes through trends. During the early 2000s ‘ gonzo porn’ (a genre that got thier name from Gonzo journalism, a mode that breaks the fourth wall) was king and rough scenes were 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 definition of ‘ couples friendly’ since obviously some couples just like kinkier, harder, rougher products too. There’ s likewise other movements within adult porn, like the feminist porn motion, or the alt-porn movement developed by people such as Joanna Angel, that have proliferated together with the rise of the internet. It’ s not a simple progression to harder and harder scenes. It’ s like fashion. Some trend will become popular thus people start to produce it. ”
Yet White admits that the adult porn industry is not for everyone.
“ For those like me, it’ s a good place where I can share my sexuality and I could be myself. But performers encounter a lot of stereotyping and stigma as a result of being involved with this industry so I wouldn’ t recommend it to anyone who isn’ t prepared to experience that negativity.
“ Performers deal with issues with trolls and teasing on social media, institutionalised discrimination when applying for bank accounts and loans, and their profession can 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’ day-to-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 less of her mainly because she uses her entire and bare body pertaining to entertainment or take a moment to not only learn from her yet celebrate her success?