Social justice protests are intense right now. Thank God. Change has been a long, long time coming, and it is finally blowing in the wind. Racial inequality has plagued our nation since it began. Every mode of commerce and every form of industry has been affected. Porn is no different. For decades African-American, Latin and Asian performers have been screaming at the top of their lungs, “What about me?!”
I’m a performer of mixed ethnicities. I have encountered a “soft” lack of inclusion in films and shaky responses as to why I lost out on parts, so this topic is near and dear to my heart.
Below are experiences, both uplifting and heartbreaking, that highlight the shared experiences of outstanding, talented, unique and brave adult performers. These are direct quotes, the performers’ own words, which deserve and need to be heard.
What does being a woman of color in the industry mean to you?
ANA FOXXX: I am very proud to be a Black woman. I believe it’s my job to help this industry value Black women and put them on a pedestal next to everyone else.
SAVA SONG: It means having to choose between not wanting to perpetuate and participate in racial fetishization or playing up racial stereotypes to increase profit margins.
TORI AVANO: I take pride in being a woman of color in this industry. It will always push me to be the best I can be because I am mixed. I absolutely love seeing the reaction of folks, once I tell them my ethnicity, because looks can be deceiving.
SEPTEMBER REIGN: When I got into the business, I wanted to make a statement as a Black tattooed performer. I wanted to give a voice for girls that are a little edgy and don’t fit the standard mold. I wanted to do as much mainstream adult as possible to prove the point that everyone doesn’t want the Black Barbie.