Busting the myths of porn with Australia most successful export
WHEN Australia was watching in awe as Margot Robbie got her Oscar nomination 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 star.
I first met Angela (her real name and porno 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 woman was and how successful she would be.
Standing with her in Vegas as she collected a great unprecedented 14 awards on 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 Aussie 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 Artist of the Year.
Yes, her work is a little more physical than just about all — she describes becoming an adult performer as comparable to being a sexual athlete. But the fact that sex on screen is the job and item 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. Supply: Supplied
With an Instagram following of two. 5 million people and an organic growth rate of additional 5000 followers every day (something most influencers might dream of), sitting with White I learned that there exists more to becoming a good porn star than just making love. This is an industry that requires significant 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 woman said. “ My enthusiasm is what makes me stand out to be a producer, director and a performer. Fans want to see and feel a real connection on screen and they can tell any time a performer isn’ t totally engaged. ”
She continued: “ It’ s also about professionalism. It’ s all good to love what you do and to come to be passionate about it, but you also have to turn up on time, be prepared, arrive with the correct wardrobe and become pleasant and patient upon set. You have to conduct yourself in a way that is appropriate. Having admiration for everyone on set is very important, from the director and camera operators to the make-up music artists and production assistants. You could end up a great performer, but if you are difficult to have upon set, people won’ t want to book you or work with you. ”
Angela White loved hamming it up onstage as host of the 2018 Adult Video News Honours. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty Photos
Angela Light loved hamming it up on stage as host of the 2018 Adult Video News Honors. Picture: Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesSource: sex.porno 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.
Although how lucrative can employed in the adult industry end up being? “ Average pay is challenging to gauge, ” White said.
She quotes the average rate for a male performer is between $1260-$1500 for a hardcore boy/girl arena, which would take anywhere from half to a full day time to shoot. She explained there are female performers that get paid far more.
“ My scenes from $1900. But that price does not include anal. Anal needs more preparation and thus more labour time so you can find an additional cost. My rate for anal starts in $2500 and goes up whether it includes double penetration. The more complex the act plus the more people involved, the bigger my rate will be. ”
Getting into the industry wasn’ t smooth sailing for White.
“ I was very sex-related 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 16. 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 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 well formed women). I read Junk and Girlfriend and observed TV and never saw my body represented in a positive light in mainstream media. When I was introduced to pornography, I actually finally found women with my body type celebrated and sexualised. I saw porn like 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 Sexy. I was treated like a romantic and my curves had been finally celebrated. They published images of natural boobs that hang. We are accustomed to seeing enhanced boobs that large breasts that slope are considered saggy. However the editors at Voluptuous known them lovingly as hangers and referred to stretch marks while beauty marks. It was a positive experience for me to have my figure held up as desirable that has been counter to what mainstream media deemed sexy. ”
Porn star Angela White has defended the controversial industry, and feels no child should ever watch what she will.
Porn star Angela White has protected the controversial industry, and believes no child should ever watch what she does. Source: Supplied
But White admits going into porn is an extreme way to look for body positivity.
“ Right now there may well have been other ways for me to express my sexuality, although I couldn’ t see them. Porn was the start I saw my body represented efficiently. Porn was the first space where I saw people becoming celebrated for having sex with multiple people of running genders. When I started undertaking, I finally found a place where I could pursue my personal passion with like-minded, sex-positive peers. I feel like I actually belong in the adult market. I work with people that think about sex, sexuality and sex-related creativity in the same way that I perform. I can’ t look at 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 various think is a requirement in the market to take off.
White had a lot to talk about on the matter.
“ You don’ big t have to have a bikini polish, but you to do have to have great hygiene and be well-groomed. In porn, the bush is back. Most girls that have pubic locks will trim underneath, in 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, as well as for those movies, directors will require you to grow your bush to be cast. But in the end, cleanliness is far more important than how much or how little pubic hair you have. Performers must be very aware of their own flavor 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 resulting from frequent douching. ”
There is of course a downside to this industry and the stars themselves are the best individuals to explain this.
“ I know that the porno industry has been criticised meant for allegedly trying to promote their product to people under the age of 18, ” she stated.
While this lady has enjoyed the body positivity of working as a porn star, 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 superstar, Angela White admits there’ s personal downsides to the industry, including regular elegance. 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, that they can’ t pay for adult porn.
“ This 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’ 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 and then for adults.
“ This is not for young people who also haven’ t had love-making before. This is not how you should certainly 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 executed by trained professionals in safe and controlled surroundings. Just like in porn.
“ We are specialists working in a safe and handled 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 lube. It is a product and it is modified. ”
Regarding the fear that porn gets kinkier and influencing these kinds of acts to be done in our 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, 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 rough scenes were common, yet 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 definition of ‘ couples friendly’ because obviously some couples like kinkier, harder, rougher stuff too. There’ s also other movements within adult movie, like the feminist porn activity, or the alt-porn movement pioneered by people such as Joanna Angel, that have proliferated while using 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 thus people start to produce that. ”
Although White admits that the porno industry is not for everybody.
“ For people like me, it’ s a positive place where I can share my sexuality and I may be myself. But performers face a lot of stereotyping and stigma as a result of being interested in this industry so I wouldn’ t recommend it to anyone who isn’ t happy to experience that negativity.
“ Performers face issues with trolls and teasing 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 handle. ”
Angela White might not be an Foreign household name like Margot Robbie, but she is worshipped in numerous bedrooms across our continent. She is our hidden All the star. Should we think virtually any less of her because she uses her complete and bare body to get entertainment or take a moment to never only learn from her although celebrate her success?