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 movie star 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 adult movie 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 in those days by Australian adult industry insiders how business-minded she was and how successful she’d be.
Located with her in Las Vegas as she collected a great unprecedented 14 awards in 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 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 Foreign to have ever co-hosted the AVN Awards (an market honour in itself), and the only Aussie to have ever before won the much-coveted AVN Award for Female Singer of the Year.
Yes, her work is more physical than most — she describes for being an adult performer as similar to being a sexual athlete. But the fact that sex on display screen is the job and thing 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. Origin: Supplied
With an Instagram following of 2. 5 million people and an organic growth rate of your additional 5000 followers per day (something most influencers will dream of), sitting with White I learned that there may be more to becoming a powerful porn star than just making love. This is an industry that requires critical business acumen, intelligence and a thick skin to get at the top (or on the top, or perhaps on the side or in reverse cowgirl).
But what would make Ms White stand out from the crowd? “ Firstly, it’ s the fact that I love what I do, ” the girl said. “ My love is what makes me stand out as a producer, director and a performer. Fans want to see and feel a real connection in screen and they can tell when a performer isn’ t completely engaged. ”
She continued: “ It’ s also about professionalism and reliability. It’ s all good to love what you do and to come to be passionate about it, but you also need to turn up on time, be prepared, appear with the correct wardrobe and become pleasant and patient about set. You have to conduct your self in a way that is appropriate. Having respect for everyone on set is important, from the director and camera operators to the make-up artists and production assistants. You could end up a great performer, but if you are difficult to have in set, people won’ big 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 Pictures
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 definitely not as different as people think.
Nevertheless how lucrative can doing work in the adult industry come to be? “ Average pay is hard to gauge, ” White explained.
She quotes the average rate for a male performer is between $1260-$1500 for a hardcore boy/girl picture, which would take anywhere from half to a full 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 even more labour time so there is an additional cost. My price for anal starts in $2500 and goes up if it includes double penetration. A lot more complex the act plus the more people involved, the bigger 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 that I expressed my sexuality.
“ I was tempted and called a slut and a lesbian at age 14. I was called a ‘ lemon’ (nickname for lesbian) and had lemons thrown at me. It wasn’ t merely verbal but physical as well. I was punched in the face meant for expressing my sexuality, ” she said.
“ I grew up just before Instagram, before the ‘ thick’ trend existed (a term commonly used in America to describe flexural women). I read Dolly and Girlfriend and watched TV and never saw my figure represented in a positive light in mainstream media. After 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 point out and explore my sex, and have my sexuality celebrated rather than criticised. ”
She worked the moment she was of legal age.
“ My first shoot was for a magazine called Voluptuous. I was treated like a romantic and my curves had been finally celebrated. They publicized images of natural knockers that hang. We are accustomed to seeing enhanced breasts that large breasts that slope are considered saggy. Nevertheless the editors at Voluptuous reported them lovingly as hangers and referred to stretch marks since beauty marks. It was a good experience for me to have my figure held up as desirable which was counter to what mainstream press deemed sexy. ”
Porn star Angela White has defended the controversial industry, and is convinced no child should at any time watch what she will.
Porn superstar Angela White has protected the controversial industry, and believes no child should certainly ever watch what she does. Source: Supplied
But White confesses 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, yet I couldn’ t look at 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 differing genders. When I started undertaking, I finally found a space 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 think about sex, sexuality and lovemaking creativity in the same way that I do. I can’ t see anything else quite like porn to me. ”
Being at a porn conference and seeing all different types of bodies, I was curious whenever he pubic hair, something a large number of think is a requirement in the business to take off.
White had a lot to say on the matter.
“ You don’ t have to have a bikini feel, but you to do have to have great hygiene and be well-groomed. In porn, the bush is back. Most girls that have pubic curly hair 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 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 consider 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 visitors to explain this.
“ I know that the porno industry has been criticised intended for allegedly trying to promote the product to people under the regarding 18, ” she explained.
While she’s 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 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 myth. 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 porn.
“ This kind of myth also suggests that these in the porn industry don’ t have a code of ethics. It’ s i9000 as though people think that because we do porn our company is terrible people who don’ big 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 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 get. The stunts done in The Fast And The Furious are carried out by trained professionals in safe and controlled conditions. Just like in porn.
“ We are pros working in a safe and controlled environment. This is not how people have sex at home. Sure, there are some 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. ”
For the fear that porn is getting kinkier and influencing these types of acts to be done in our bedrooms, White said: “ I disagree with the concept that there has been a steady, uninterrupted development 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 abrasive scenes were common, but 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 chat porno porno, like the feminist porn movements, or the alt-porn movement initiated by people such as Joanna Angel, that have proliferated along with the rise of the internet. It’ s not a simple progress to harder and harder scenes. It’ s like fashion. The trend will become popular and so people start to produce that. ”
Although White admits that the adult industry is not for everyone.
“ For people like me, it’ s a positive place where I can point out my sexuality and I could be myself. But performers encounter a lot of stereotyping and stigma as a result of being associated with this industry so I wouldn’ t recommend it to anyone who isn’ t able to experience that negativity.
“ Performers deal with issues with trolls and established on social media, institutionalised elegance 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’ 24 hours a day on social media is a lot to manage. ”
Angela White might not be an Australian household name like Margot Robbie, but she is worshipped in many bedrooms across our country. She is our hidden All the star. Should we think any less of her because she uses her entire and bare body for entertainment or take a moment not to only learn from her yet celebrate her success?