Busting the myths of porn with Australia most successful export
WHEN Australia was watching in awe as Margot Robbie got her Oscar 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, because Angela White is a porno star.
We 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 back then by Australian adult market insiders how business-minded the woman was and how successful she would be.
Position with her in Las Vegas as she collected an unprecedented 14 awards in the 35th annual Adult Video News Awards (widely called “ 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 enjoy her achievements.
White is the only All the to have ever been inducted in to the AVN Hall of Fame, the only Aussie to have ever co-hosted the AVN Awards (an market honour in itself), and the only Aussie to have at any time won the much-coveted AVN Award for Female The performer of the Year.
Yes, her work is a little more physical than just about all — she describes as an adult performer as similar to being a sexual athlete. However the fact that sex on display screen is the job and thing 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 the additional 5000 followers a day (something most influencers will dream of), sitting with White I learned that there may be more to becoming a good porn star than just having sex. This is an industry that requires serious business acumen, intelligence and a thick skin to access the top (or on the top, or 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 appreciate what I do, ” the girl said. “ My interest is what makes me stand out as being a producer, director and a performer. Fans want to see and feel a real connection about screen and they can tell when a performer isn’ t entirely engaged. ”
She continued: “ It’ s also about professionalism. It’ s all good to love what you do and to get passionate about it, but you must also turn up on time, be prepared, get there with the correct wardrobe and stay pleasant and patient in set. You have to conduct yourself in a way that is appropriate. Having value for everyone on set is very important, from the director and camera operators to the make-up artists and production assistants. You may 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 wine loved hamming it up on stage as host of the 2018 Adult Video News Honours. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Photos
Angela White loved hamming it up on stage as host of the 2018 Adult Video News Accolades. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images
Hearing this, I’ meters reminded that most jobs need you to be this way to be successful and perhaps the adult industry can be not as different as persons think.
Although how lucrative can doing work in the adult industry get? “ Average pay is hard to gauge, ” White explained.
She estimates the average rate for a female performer is between $1260-$1500 for a hardcore boy/girl field, which would take any where from half to a full time to shoot. She stated there are female performers that get paid far more.
“ My scenes start at $1900. But that rate does not include anal. Anal needs more preparation and thus more labour time so there exists an additional cost. My amount for anal starts for $2500 and goes up if this includes double penetration. The more complex the act plus the more people involved, the higher 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 I expressed my sexuality.
“ I was teased and called a slut and a lesbian at age 12. I was called a ‘ lemon’ (nickname for lesbian) and had lemons thrown at me personally. It wasn’ t only verbal but physical too. 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 crooked women). I read Junk and Girlfriend and viewed TV and never saw my figure represented in a positive light in mainstream media. As i was introduced to pornography, My spouse and i finally found women with my body type celebrated and sexualised. I saw porn being a space where I could point out 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 queen and my curves had been finally celebrated. They printed images of natural breasts that hang. We are so used to seeing enhanced knockers that large breasts that slope are considered saggy. But the editors at Voluptuous referred to them lovingly as hangers and referred to stretch marks while beauty marks. It was an optimistic experience for me to have my figure held up as desirable which has been counter to what mainstream media deemed sexy. ”
Porn star Angela White has defended the controversial industry, and believes no child should ever before watch what she does.
Porn celebrity Angela White has looked after the controversial industry, and believes no child ought to ever watch what the 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, nevertheless I couldn’ t find them. Porn was the start I saw my body represented efficiently. Porn was the first space where I saw people getting celebrated for having sex with multiple people of changing genders. When I started doing, I finally found a space where I could pursue my passion with like-minded, sex-positive peers. I feel like I belong in the adult market. I work with people that think about sex, sexuality and intimate creativity in the same way that I perform. I can’ t find 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 various think is a requirement in the industry to take off.
White had a lot to talk about on the matter.
“ You don’ to have to have a bikini polish, but you to do have to have good hygiene and be well-groomed. In porn, the bush has returned. Most girls ass4all that have pubic head of hair will trim underneath, on 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 to become cast. But in the end, hygiene is far more important than how much or how little pubic hair you have. Performers have to be very aware of their own taste and smell. What you consume and even what you wear can impact your vaginal flora. Many female performers consider probiotics to replace the good bacterias they wash away as a result of frequent douching. ”
There is of course a downside to this industry plus the stars themselves are the best individuals to explain this.
“ I know that the adult movie industry has been criticised for allegedly trying to promote their product to people under the age of 18, ” she stated.
While this wounderful woman has enjoyed the body positivity of working as a porn legend, Angela White admits there’ s personal downsides to the industry, including regular discrimination.
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 discrimination. Source: Supplied
“ But that is a myth. We want paying customers — this is a business for us. People under the age of 18 can’ t get credit cards, that they can’ t pay for adult porn.
“ This kind of myth also suggests that these in the porn industry don’ t have a code of ethics. It’ s as though people think that since we do porn we could terrible people who don’ 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 as well as for adults.
“ This is not for young people who have haven’ t had intimacy before. This is not how you will need to learn about sex. That is just like watching The Fast And 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 environments. Just like in porn.
“ We are professionals working in a safe and restricted environment. This is not how individuals have sex at home. Sure, there are some scenes that are closer to what individuals are doing at home. But people are not seeing the prep and the cuts for lubricant. It is a product and it is edited. ”
For the fear that porn achievement kinkier and influencing these kinds of acts to be done in our personal bedrooms, White said: “ I disagree with the idea that there has been a steady, uninterrupted advancement to harder and kinkier scenes.
“ Porn, like any industry, experiences trends. During the early 2000s ‘ gonzo porn’ (a genre that got its name from Gonzo journalism, a mode that breaks the fourth wall) was king and tough scenes were common, but 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’ mainly because obviously some couples just like kinkier, harder, rougher stuff too. There’ s as well other movements within adult, like the feminist porn activity, or the alt-porn movement started by people such as Joanna Angel, that have proliferated with all the rise of the internet. It’ s not a simple acceleration to harder and harder scenes. It’ s like fashion. Some trend will become popular therefore people start to produce this. ”
Although White admits that the adult movie industry is not for everyone.
“ For individuals like me, it’ s an optimistic place where I can express my sexuality and I can be myself. But performers deal with a lot of stereotyping and stigma as a result of being linked to this industry so I wouldn’ t recommend it to anyone who isn’ t willing to experience that negativity.
“ Performers encounter issues with trolls and established on social media, institutionalised splendour when applying for bank accounts and loans, and their profession can also 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 handle. ”
Angela White might not be an Foreign household name like Margot Robbie, but she is worshipped in most bedrooms across our prude. She is our hidden Foreign star. Should we think virtually any less of her since she uses her entire and bare body for entertainment or take a moment never to only learn from her yet celebrate her success?