Month: January 2004

Busting the myths of porn with Australia most successful export

EVEN THOUGH 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 porno star.

I just first met Angela (her real name and porn name) six years ago at a Sexpo in Townsville, and it was pointed out to me in the past by Australian adult market insiders how business-minded the lady was and how successful she would be.

Position with her in Las Vegas as she collected a great unprecedented 14 awards on the 35th annual Adult Video News Awards (widely referred to as “ the Oscars of porn” ), I had a proud moment.

This is a controversial and taboo world but it does not mean we shouldn’ t rejoice her achievements.

White is the only Aussie to have ever free been inducted in to the AVN Hall of Fame, the only Aussie to have ever co-hosted the AVN Awards (an industry honour in itself), as well as 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 many — she describes as an adult performer as comparable to being a sexual athlete. However the fact that sex on display is the job and item that is traded does not mean her professionalism, determination and passion for 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 the additional 5000 followers every day (something most influencers might dream of), sitting with White I learned that there exists more to becoming a powerful porn star than just having sex. This is an industry that requires severe 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 take pleasure in what I do, ” your woman said. “ My enthusiasm is what makes me stand out as a producer, director and a performer. Fans want to see and feel a real connection on screen and they can tell if a performer isn’ t totally engaged. ”

She continued: “ It’ s also about professionalism. It’ s all good to love what you do and to become passionate about it, but you also have to turn up on time, be prepared, get there with the correct wardrobe and stay pleasant and patient in 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 performers and production assistants. You could be 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 wine loved hamming it up onstage as host of the 2018 Adult Video News Honors. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Angela Light loved hamming it up onstage as host of the 2018 Adult Video News Awards. 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 usually not as different as people think.

But how lucrative can doing work in the adult industry be? “ Average pay is hard to gauge, ” White stated.

She reports the average rate for a feminine performer is between $1260-$1500 for a hardcore boy/girl arena, which would take from around half to a full day to shoot. She said there are female performers that get paid far more.

“ My scenes from $1900. But that charge does not include anal. Anal needs more preparation and thus more labour time so there exists an additional cost. My price for anal starts in $2500 and goes up if this includes double penetration. A lot more complex the act and the more people involved, the more expensive my rate will be. ”

Getting into the industry wasn’ t hanging around for White.

“ I was very sex growing up, and I was criticised for the way 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) together lemons thrown at me. It wasn’ t merely verbal but physical also. I was punched in the face meant for expressing my sexuality, ” she said.

“ I grew up ahead of Instagram, before the ‘ thick’ trend existed (a term commonly used in America to describe well formed women). I read Dolly and Girlfriend and viewed TV and never saw my figure represented in a positive light in mainstream media. As 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 sexuality, and have my sexuality recognized rather than criticised. ”

She worked when she was of legal age.

“ My first shoot was for a magazine called Voluptuous. I was treated like a little princess and my curves had been finally celebrated. They posted images of natural knockers that hang. We are so used to seeing enhanced knockers that large breasts that slope are considered saggy. However the editors at Voluptuous known them lovingly as hangers and referred to stretch marks because beauty marks. It was a good experience for me to have my body held up as desirable which was counter to what mainstream mass media deemed sexy. ”

Porn star Angela White has defended the controversial industry, and is convinced no child should at any time watch what she does indeed.
Porn superstar Angela White has protected the controversial industry, and believes no child should certainly ever watch what your woman does. Source: Supplied

But White accepts the fact going into porn is a long way to look for body positivity.

“ There may well have been other ways for me to express my sexuality, although I couldn’ t find them. Porn was the start I saw my body represented positively. Porn was the first space where I saw people being celebrated for having sex with multiple people of changing genders. When I started carrying out, I finally found a space where I could pursue my passion with like-minded, sex-positive peers. I feel like I actually belong in the adult market. I work with people that consider sex, sexuality and sexual creativity in the same way that I carry out. I can’ t observe anything else quite like porn for me personally. ”

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 in the industry to take off.

White had a lot to express on the matter.

“ You don’ testosterone levels 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, 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 today celebrate the bush, and for those movies, directors will require you to grow your bush being cast. But in the end, health is far more important than just how much or how little pubic hair you have. Performers need to be very aware of their own preference and smell. What you take in and even what you wear may impact your vaginal bacteria. Many female performers have probiotics to replace the good bacterias they wash away due to frequent douching. ”

There is of course a downside to this industry as well as the stars themselves are the best visitors to explain this.

“ I know that the adult industry has been criticised for allegedly trying to promote its product to people under the associated with 18, ” she explained.

While she has enjoyed the body positivity of working as a porn superstar, 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 belief. 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.

“ This myth also suggests that those in the porn industry don’ t have a code of ethics. It’ s i9000 as though people think that mainly because we do porn were terrible people who don’ to 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 as well as for adults.

“ This is not for young people exactly who haven’ t had love-making before. This is not how you should learn about sex. That is like watching The Fast And The Furious to learn how to travel. The stunts done in The Fast And The Furious are carried out by trained professionals in safe and controlled surroundings. Just like in porn.

“ We are professionals working in a safe and regulated environment. This is not how people have sex at home. Sure, there are several scenes that are closer to what individuals are doing at home. But folks are not seeing the preparation and the cuts for lubricant. It is a product and it is modified. ”

Concerning the fear that porn is getting kinkier and influencing these kinds of acts to be done in our personal bedrooms, White said: “ I disagree with the concept that there has been a steady, uninterrupted progress to harder and kinkier scenes.

“ Porn, like any industry, experiences 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 abrasive scenes were common, although by the late noughties, the pendulum had begun to swing towards more cinematic and romantic, ‘ couples-friendly’ porn.

“ But there is a problem with the word ‘ couples friendly’ because obviously some couples just like kinkier, harder, rougher stuff too. There’ s as well other movements within porno, like the feminist porn activity, or the alt-porn movement pioneered by people such as Joanna Angel, that have proliferated with all the rise of the internet. It’ s not a simple development to harder and harder scenes. It’ s like fashion. Some trend will become popular so people start to produce it. ”

Nonetheless White admits that the porn industry is not for everyone.

“ For individuals like me, it’ s a positive place where I can communicate my sexuality and I may be myself. But performers experience a lot of stereotyping and stigma as a result of being involved in this industry so I wouldn’ t recommend it to anyone who isn’ t able to experience that negativity.

“ Performers encounter issues with trolls and established on social media, institutionalised elegance when applying for bank accounts and loans, and their profession could 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 manage. ”

Angela White might not be an Foreign household name like Margot Robbie, but she is worshipped in most bedrooms across our continent. She is our hidden Aussie star. Should we think any less of her since she uses her whole and bare body to get entertainment or take a moment in order to only learn from her nevertheless celebrate her success?