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 reasonable you might not have heard about it, since Angela White is a adult movie star.
I first met Angela (her real name and porn name) six years ago at a Sexpo in Townsville, and it was pointed out to me previously by Australian adult sector insiders how business-minded the lady was and how successful she would be.
Standing up with her in Las Vegas as she collected an unprecedented 14 awards in the 35th annual Adult Online 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 celebrate her achievements.
White is the only Foreign to have ever been inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame, the only All the to have ever co-hosted the AVN Awards (an industry honour in itself), plus the only Aussie to have ever before 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 comparable to being a sexual athlete. But the fact that sex on display is the job and asset that is traded does not mean her professionalism, determination and passion on her behalf 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 every day (something most influencers would dream of), sitting with White I learned that there may be more to becoming a good porn star than just making love. 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 makes Ms White stand out from the crowd? “ Firstly, it’ s the fact that I appreciate 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 upon screen and they can tell each time a performer isn’ t entirely engaged. ”
She continued: “ It’ s also about professionalism and reliability. 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, appear with the correct wardrobe and be pleasant and patient about set. You have to conduct yourself in a way that is appropriate. Having value for everyone on set is important, from the director and camera operators to the make-up music artists and production assistants. You may 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 wine loved hamming it up onstage as host of the 2018 Adult Video News Honours. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Photos
Angela White colored loved hamming it up onstage as host of the 2018 Adult Video News Honors. 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.
Nonetheless how lucrative can employed in the adult industry get? “ Average pay is hard to gauge, ” White said.
She quotes the average rate for a feminine performer is between $1260-$1500 for a hardcore boy/girl scene, which would take any where from half to a full working day 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 you can find an additional cost. My level for anal starts for $2500 and goes up if this includes double penetration. The more complex the act as well as the more people involved, the greater my rate will be. ”
Getting into the industry wasn’ t hanging around for White.
“ I was very sexual growing up, and I was criticised for the way that 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. It wasn’ t just verbal but physical too. I was punched in the face intended for expressing my sexuality, ” she said.
“ I grew up ahead of Instagram, before the ‘ thick’ trend existed (a word commonly used in America to describe hot women). I read Dolly and Girlfriend and watched TV and never saw my figure represented in a positive light in mainstream media. Once i was introduced to pornography, We finally found women with my body type celebrated and sexualised. I saw porn like a space where I could express and explore my sex, and have my sexuality commemorated 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 published images of natural boobs that hang. We are so used to seeing enhanced breasts that large breasts that slope are considered saggy. But the editors at Voluptuous seen by them lovingly as hangers and referred to stretch marks seeing that beauty marks. It was a good experience for me to have my figure held up as desirable which was counter to what mainstream multimedia deemed sexy. ”
Porn star Angela White has defended the controversial industry, and feels no child should ever before watch what she will.
Porn celebrity Angela White has protected the controversial industry, and believes no child ought to ever watch what the girl does. Source: Supplied
But White admits going into porn is an extreme way to look for body positivity.
“ At this time there may well have been other ways for me to express my sexuality, but I couldn’ t find them. Porn was the first place I saw my body represented absolutely. Porn was the first space where I saw people staying celebrated for having sex with multiple people of ranging genders. When I started doing, I finally found a space where I could pursue my own 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 lovemaking creativity in the same way that I do. I can’ t find anything else quite like porn for me personally. ”
Being at 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 market 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 great hygiene and be well-groomed. In porn, the bush is back. Most girls that have pubic head of hair will trim underneath, for 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 requires you to grow your bush to get cast. But in the end, personal hygiene is far more important than simply how much or how little pubic hair you have. Performers have to be very aware of their own preference and smell. What you take in and even what you wear can impact your vaginal bacteria. Many female performers take probiotics to replace the good bacteria they wash away due to 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 porn industry has been criticised to get allegedly trying to promote the product to people under the age of 18, ” she explained.
While she’s enjoyed the body positivity of working as a porn legend, Angela White admits there’ s personal downsides to the industry, including regular discrimination.
cycki While this wounderful woman 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. People under the age of 18 can’ t get credit cards, they will can’ t pay for adult movie.
“ This kind of myth also suggests that the ones in the porn industry don’ t have a code of ethics. It’ s as though people think that because we do porn we are terrible people who don’ testosterone levels 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 for adults.
“ This is not for young people exactly 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 travel. The stunts done in The Fast And The Furious are carried out by trained professionals in safe and controlled environments. Just like in porn.
“ We are experts working in a safe and regulated environment. This is not how individuals have sex at home. Sure, there are a few scenes that are closer to what folks are doing at home. But people are not seeing the planning and the cuts for lube. It is a product and it is edited. ”
Regarding the fear that porn achievement kinkier and influencing these acts to be done in our personal 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, undergoes 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 hard scenes were common, nevertheless 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 like kinkier, harder, rougher products too. There’ s also other movements within porn, like the feminist porn movements, or the alt-porn movement developed by people such as Joanna Angel, that have proliferated with all the rise of the internet. It’ s not a simple progress to harder and harder scenes. It’ s like fashion. A specific trend will become popular consequently people start to produce it. ”
Nevertheless White admits that the porno industry is not for everybody.
“ For folks like me, it’ s a positive 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 involved with this industry so I wouldn’ t recommend it to anyone who isn’ t prepared 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 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’ 24/7 on social media is a lot to deal with. ”
Angela White might not be an Australian household name like Margot Robbie, but she is worshipped in lots of bedrooms across our continent. She is our hidden Aussie star. Should we think virtually any less of her since she uses her complete and bare body to get entertainment or take a moment to not only learn from her but celebrate her success?