Mika Tan

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

Mika Tan
Mika Tan in 2005.
Born (1977-11-27) November 27, 1977[1]
NationalityAmerican[3]
Other namesMikatan, Mika, Mika Okinawa,[3] Leiloni
Height5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)[3]
Spouse(s)Alec Knight[4] (divorced[5])

Early life and career

Tan was born in Hawaii[2][3] to a JapaneseSamoan father and an OkinawanTaiwanese mother. She was raised by her grandmother, who was an established folk dancer and singer and was also the owner of several massage parlors.[5][6] While her mother's family was musical, her father's was mainly military,[2] including her sister[5] - 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.[7]

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][5][8][9]

Tan earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry[2] from San Diego State University[8] 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[5] to support her last year as a student.[10] Tan has studied classical voice and also graduated from the John Robert Powers Modeling/Finishing School.[8] She has also appeared on Playboy TV and in a music video for Too $hort called "Get in Where you Fit In".[8]

Despite her aptitude for science, Tan 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.[5]

Adult film career

Tan was discovered at an ampm by porn[5] 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][4][5]

Dominatrix and BDSM career

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 and direction with her own production company (GenerAsianxxx Productions) with her debut film featuring heterosexual Asian-American men in hardcore scenes.[4]

Personal life

Tan identifies as bisexual and she briefly tried escorting in 2001.[5]

Awards

References

  1. "Portfolio Page 1". mikatan.com. 2005. Archived from the original on March 4, 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  2. "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. Mika Tan at the Internet Adult Film Database
  4. "Mika Tan Starts Production House". May 23, 2006. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  5. "Mika Tan: F.A.Q." Archived from the original on March 25, 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  6. Mika Tan (August 18, 2006). "Casual Fridays - Photo Frenzy" (Interview). Interviewed by 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)
  7. Gabriel Alvarez (2011-09-19). "The Top 50 Hottest Asian Porn Stars of All Time". Complex. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
  8. "Mika Tan: Resume". Archived from the original on November 12, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  9. "My Good Porn Friday". Archived from the original on January 29, 2008.
  10. http://blog.myspace.com Interview by Vincent P Davis
  11. Thomas J Stanton (2006-04-19). "Adam Film World Announces Award Winners". AVN. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  12. "Hillary Scott Big Winner at XRCO Awards". XBIZ. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  13. "XRCO 2006 AWARD CATEGORIES, NOMINATIONS, AND WINNERS". 5 April 2007. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  14. "2007 AVN Award Winners Announced". AVN. 2007-01-14. Archived from the original on April 8, 2008. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  15. "2009 Award Winners". Archived from the original on July 26, 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2009.
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