Mika Tan

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Mika Tan
Mika Tan.jpg
Born (1977-11-27) November 27, 1977 (age 37)[1]
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA[2][3]
Nationality American[3]
Other names Mikatan, Mika, Mika Okinawa,[3] Leiloni
Ethnicity Japanese, Taiwanese, Samoan,[3][4] Okinawan[5]
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[3]
Weight 121 lb (55 kg; 8.6 st)[3]
Spouse(s) Alec Knight[6] (divorced[7])
No. of adult films 475 (per IAFD)[3]
Website
http://www.mikatan.com

Mika Tan (born November 27, 1977[1]) is the stage name of an American fetish model (BDSM/DS/stocking and pantyhose fetish), and pornographic actress.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Tan was born in Hawaii[2][3] to a Japanese-Samoan father and an Okinawan-Taiwanese mother.[5] She was raised by her grandmother, who was an established folk dancer and singer and was also the owner of several massage parlors.[7][8] While her mother's family was musical, her father's was mainly military,[2] including her sister[7] - who serves in the United States Marine Corps and has helped Tan with her official website.[2] As a "Navy brat", Tan traveled around the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa all before she started high school.[2] She had a childhood background in the performing arts and has worked in the commercial fisheries industry in the past.[4]

Tan began as a child model, doing catalog work beginning at age 12, and she has also appeared as an extra in movies & television and in commercials and live musical theater.[2][7][9][10] She was a member of a dance troupe, where she performed modern jazz and ballet.[9]

Tan used her National Merit Scholarship to earn a bachelor's degree in biochemistry[2] from San Diego State University[9] and an associate's degree in psychology. It took her five years to graduate,[2] and she did nude art modeling and was a stripper[7] to support her last year as a student.[11] Tan has studied classical voice and also graduated from the John Robert Powers Modeling/Finishing School.[9] She has also appeared on Playboy TV and in a music video for Too $hort called "Get in Where you Fit In".[9]

Despite her aptitude for science, she did not enjoy it and worked in sales and marketing in the timeshare industry[2] for Dennis Hof.

She tried her hand at mainstream acting in California but quit after discovering that the casting couch was not a myth.[7]

Adult film career[edit]

Tan was discovered at an am/pm by porn[7] director Jack Pearl. Tan also had a third trimester miscarriage during this period, which she has described as the worst time of her life.[2] She was married once to Alec Knight, another performer in the adult industry.[2][6][7]

Mika Tan at the KSEXradio.com Listeners Choice Awards, December 2006

Tan primarily does fetish-oriented work, including work as a dominatrix and sub[2] for the Kink.com group of companies, mostly the "Men in Pain" and "Divine Bitches" websites. She also stars in non-fetish oriented work. She considers herself mainly a fetish model rather than a porn star though. The official biography on her website states: "For the record, I do not consider myself a porn star and any girl who has done less than 250 films shouldn't either."[2] Tan moved into film production & direction with her own production company (GenerAsianxxx Productions) with her debut film featuring heterosexual Asian-American men in hardcore scenes.[6]

Tan identifies as bisexual, and she briefly tried escorting in 2001.[7]

In 2011, Complex magazine ranked her at #23 on their list of "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time".[4]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Portfolio Page 1". mikatan.com. 2005. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Mika Tan: About Me". mikatan.com. 2005. Archived from the original on April 29, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2011. Born in Honolulu, as a military brat, I was raised across the Pacific. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Mika Tan at the Internet Adult Film Database
  4. ^ a b c Gabriel Alvarez (2011-09-19). "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time". Complex. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  5. ^ a b Mika Tan - BangBros Network. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  6. ^ a b c "Mika Tan Starts Production House". May 23, 2006. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Mika Tan: F.A.Q.". Archived from the original on March 25, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  8. ^ Mika Tan (August 18, 2006). Casual Fridays - Photo Frenzy. Interview with Gram Ponante. Archived from the original on 2006-11-02. Retrieved February 1, 2015. My grandmother used to own three massage parlors. (Yes, those kind) 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Mika Tan: Resume". Archived from the original on November 12, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  10. ^ "My Good Porn Friday". [dead link]
  11. ^ http://blog.myspace.com Interview by Vincent P Davis[dead link]
  12. ^ Thomas J Stanton (2006-04-19). "Adam Film World Announces Award Winners". AVN. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Hillary Scott Big Winner at XRCO Awards". XBIZ. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "XRCO 2006 AWARD CATEGORIES, NOMINATIONS, AND WINNERS". 5 April 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  15. ^ "2007 AVN Award Winners Announced". AVN. 2007-01-14. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  16. ^ "2009 Award Winners". Retrieved August 1, 2009. 

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