Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi all I’m Madison Max, sex positive, award winning adult entertainer, red lipstick wearing, Australian trans woman. Executive assistant to a sex positive influencer. Also a committee member for a government funded organisation that is committed to respecting and reflecting the needs of the sex industry, and actively promoting the rights of sex workers.
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
I lived for so long in shame, shame about my body when I identified as a man, shame for being feminine and shame for being a sex worker. I joined the sex industry years ago to fund who I needed to be - being a woman is expensive - but becoming one is even more so.
Years ago, when I was first starting out and cross dressing I was offered money for sex, soon after one winters night I wrote an add on an adult website and the rest is history. I never imagined that the majority of my work was going to be about building rapport, emotional connection and helping heterosexual men come to terms with their attraction to Trans women.
Some sex workers live in shame or fear about being an outcast for their chosen work. I want to break the stigma for majority of us who are not survival sex workers, we don’t have a pimp, we are not those women depicted on law and order SVU, we are not desperate and unemployable, we are not drug addicts. We are someone's daughter, son, brother sister, we are educated, motivated, business owners and entrepreneurs we are international brands but most of all we have chosen this industry. I also want to shine the light on the social stigma around the men who find trans women attractive. For so many decades these men have been seen to be gay and labelled unmistakably, it’s important to show light on the fact that these heterosexual men see us as women, nothing more, nothing less.
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
Living authentic, being true to myself even when at times it causes pain or confusion. Being honest with yourself and loving what stands before you in any reflection makes me feel courageous and empowered. That and also red lipstick, whenever I need a pick me up or feeling myself worth isn’t where it should be I paint my over injected pout red!
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
Become the woman you need to be, you will be ok, yes there will be tears and self-doubt but you were born to be strong and resilient. You had the answers all along. Do what your instinct tells you. Be yourself and be fabulous
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
We all lack courage at different stages in our life and it is ok to be feel inept at times but always work on finding strength from within and never sacrifice yourself love. Concentrate on one day at a time, focus on the moment, be selfish, be original, be yourself and most of all be authentic.