Mika Tan

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Mika Tan
Mika Tan.jpg
Born (1977-11-27) November 27, 1977 (age 37)[1]
Honolulu, Hawaii[2]
Other names Mika Okinawa, Leiloni
Ethnicity Japanese, Taiwanese, Okinawan, Samoan[3]
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[4]
Weight 120 lb (54 kg; 8.6 st)[4]
No. of adult films 447 (per IAFD)[5]
Website
http://www.mikatan.com/

Mika Tan (born November 27, 1977[1][2]) is the stage name of an American fetish model (BDSM/DS/stocking and pantyhose fetish), and pornographic actress.

Background[edit]

Tan was born in Hawaii to a Japanese-Samoan father and an Okinawan-Taiwanese mother.[3] She was raised by her grandmother, who was an established folk dancer and singer, and was the owner of several massage parlors.[6] While her mother's family was musical, her father's is mainly military, including her sister - who serves in the United States Marine Corps and helps Tan with her official website.[citation needed] As a "Navy brat", Tan traveled around the United States, Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa all before she started high school.[citation needed]

Early career[edit]

Tan began as a child model, doing catalog work beginning at age 12 and also appeared as an extra in movies and television, commercials, and live musical theater.[7] She was a member of a dance troupe, where she performed modern jazz and ballet.[4]

Tan used her National Merit Scholarship to earn a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and an Associate's degree in Psychology. It took her 5 years to graduate & did nude art modeling and was a stripper in nightclubs to support her last year as a student.[8][9] Tan studied classical voice and graduated from a modeling school.

Despite her aptitude for science, she did not enjoy it and worked in sales and marketing in the timeshare industry[10] for Dennis Hof.

She tried her hand at acting in California, but quit after discovering that the casting couch is not a myth.[9]

Adult film career[edit]

Tan was discovered at an am/pm by porn director Jack Pearl.[9] Tan also had a third trimester miscarriage in this period, which she has described as the worst time of her life.[10] She was married once, to Alec Knight, another performer in the adult industry.

Mika Tan in 2006.

Tan primarily does fetish-oriented work, including work as a dominatrix and sub for the Kink.com group of companies, mostly the "Men in Pain" and "Divine Bitches" websites, where her intense performances have made her a favorite. She also stars in non-fetish oriented work. She considers herself mainly a fetish model rather than a porn star. 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."[10] Tan has now moved into production, with her debut film featuring heterosexual Asian-American men in hardcore scenes.[11]

Tan identifies as bisexual.[12]

In 2011, Complex magazine ranked her at #23 in their list of "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time".[13]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tan, Mika (2005). "Portfolio Page 1". mikatan.com. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Tan, Mika (2005). "Mika Tan: About Me". mikatan.com. Retrieved November 13, 2011. Born in Honolulu, as a military brat, I was raised across the Pacific. 
  3. ^ a b Mika Tan Videos and Mika Tan Pics Gallery - BangBros Network. Retrieved December 15, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c "Mika Tan: Resume". [dead link]
  5. ^ Mika Tan at the Internet Adult Film Database
  6. ^ Gram Ponante. "Casual Fridays - Photo Frenzy". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2006-11-02. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  7. ^ "http://www.gramponante.com/2006/04/my-good-porn-friday.html". [dead link]
  8. ^ http://blog.myspace.com Interview by Vincent P Davis
  9. ^ a b c "Mika Tan: F-A-Q". [dead link]
  10. ^ a b c "Mika Tan: About Me". [dead link]
  11. ^ "Mika Tan Starts Production House". Retrieved 2007-08-29. [dead link]
  12. ^ Mika Tan: F-A-Q. Retrieved November 6, 2011.
  13. ^ Gabriel Alvarez (2011-09-19). "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time". Complex. Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  14. ^ "2009 Award Winners". Urban X Awards. Retrieved August 1, 2009. 
  15. ^ "2007 AVN Award Winners Announced". AVN. 2007-01-16. Retrieved 2007-06-19. [dead link]
  16. ^ Thomas J Stanton (2006-04-19). "Adam Film World Announces Award Winners". AVN. Retrieved 2008-06-12. [dead link]
  17. ^ "2006 XRCO Award Winners". Bwdl.net. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 

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