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Monday, May 10, 2004

Busting the myths of porn with Australia most successful export

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, since Angela White is a adult porn star.

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

Position with her in Vegas as she collected a great unprecedented 14 awards in 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 rejoice her achievements.

White is the only All the to have ever been inducted in to 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 Singer of the Year.

Yes, her work is more physical than most — she describes becoming an adult performer as akin to being a sexual athlete. However the fact that sex on display is the job and commodity 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. Source: Supplied

With an Instagram following of two. 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 exists more to becoming a effective porn star than just making love. 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, ” the lady said. “ My interest is what makes me stand out to be a producer, director and a performer. Fans want to see and feel a real connection in screen and they can tell every time a performer isn’ t completely engaged. ”

She continued: “ It’ s also about professionalism and trust. It’ s all good to love what you do and to be passionate about it, but you also need to turn up on time, be prepared, get there with the correct wardrobe and stay pleasant and patient about set. You have to conduct yourself in a way that is appropriate. Having admiration for everyone on set is important, from the director and camera operators to the make-up designers and production assistants. You could be a great performer, but if you are difficult to have about set, people won’ to 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 Honors. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Angela White loved hamming it up onstage as host of the 2018 Adult Video News Honors. 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 can be not as different as people think.

But how lucrative can working in the adult industry get? “ Average pay is challenging to gauge, ” White said.

She reports the average rate for a female performer is between $1260-$1500 for a hardcore boy/girl arena, which would take anywhere from half to a full time to shoot. She explained 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 considerably more labour time so there exists an additional cost. My amount for anal starts in $2500 and goes up whether it includes double penetration. A lot more complex the act plus the more people involved, the greater my rate will be. ”

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

“ I was very sex-related growing up, and I was criticised for the way i expressed my sexuality.

“ I was tempted 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 merely verbal but physical too. I was punched in the face meant for expressing my sexuality, ” she said.

“ I grew up before Instagram, before the ‘ thick’ trend existed (a term commonly used in America to describe well formed women). I read Dolly and Girlfriend and watched TV and never saw my figure represented in a positive light in mainstream media. As i was introduced to pornography, 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 celebrated rather than criticised. ”

She worked when she was of legal age.

“ My first shoot was for a magazine called Sexy. I was treated like a princess and my curves were finally celebrated. They released images of natural knockers that hang. We are accustomed to seeing enhanced boobs that large breasts that slope are considered saggy. Nevertheless the curvy women naked editors at Voluptuous labeled them lovingly as hangers and referred to stretch marks since beauty marks. It was an optimistic experience for me to have my body held up as desirable that has been counter to what mainstream advertising deemed sexy. ”

Porn star Angela White has defended the controversial industry, and states no child should at any time watch what she does.
Porn legend Angela White has defended the controversial industry, and believes no child should ever watch what she does. Source: Supplied

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

“ Right now there may well have been other ways to express my sexuality, nonetheless I couldn’ t observe them. Porn was the first place I saw my body represented efficiently. Porn was the first space where I saw people being celebrated for having sex with multiple people of ranging genders. When I started executing, I finally found an area where I could pursue my passion with like-minded, sex-positive peers. I feel like I just belong in the adult market. I work with people that consider sex, sexuality and sex creativity in the same way that I do. I can’ t look at anything else quite like porn to me. ”

Coming to a porn conference and seeing all different types of bodies, I was curious whenever he pubic hair, something many think is a requirement in the marketplace to take off.

White had a lot to state on the matter.

“ You don’ to have to have a bikini wax, but you to do have to have 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 these days celebrate the bush, and for those movies, directors will demand you to grow your bush for being cast. But in the end, care is far more important than just how much or how little pubic hair you have. Performers have to be very aware of their own tastes and smell. What you eat and even what you wear may impact your vaginal bacteria. Many female performers consider probiotics to replace the good bacteria they wash away resulting from frequent douching. ”

There is of course a downside to this industry plus the stars themselves are the best people to explain this.

“ I know that the adult porn industry has been criticised pertaining to allegedly trying to promote its product to people under the age of 18, ” she explained.

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.
While she gets enjoyed the body positivity of working as a porn superstar, Angela White admits there’ s personal downsides to the industry, including regular elegance. Source: Supplied

“ But that is a misconception. We want paying customers — this is a business for us. Persons under the age of 18 can’ t get credit cards, that they can’ t pay for adult porn.

“ This myth also suggests that all those in the porn industry don’ t have a code of ethics. It’ t 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’ s entertainment created by as well as for adults.

“ This is not for young people whom haven’ t had intimacy before. This is not how you should certainly learn about sex. That is like watching The Fast As well as the Furious to learn how to travel. The stunts done in The Fast And The Furious are executed by trained professionals in safe and controlled conditions. Just like in porn.

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

As for the fear that porn is getting kinkier and influencing these acts to be done in our very own bedrooms, White said: “ I disagree with the proven fact 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 its name from Gonzo journalism, a mode that breaks the fourth wall) was king and rough 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’ since obviously some couples just like kinkier, harder, rougher products too. There’ s as well other movements within porno, like the feminist porn motion, or the alt-porn movement pioneered by people such as Joanna Angel, that have proliferated with the rise of the internet. It’ s not a simple advancement to harder and harder scenes. It’ s like fashion. A particular trend will become popular consequently people start to produce that. ”

Nevertheless White admits that the porno industry is not for everyone.

“ For people like me, it’ s an optimistic place where I can exhibit my sexuality and I could be myself. But performers confront 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 teasing on social media, institutionalised splendour 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 cope with. ”

Angela White might not be an Australian 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 whole and bare body intended for entertainment or take a moment never to only learn from her yet celebrate her success?

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