Afrodisiac: A Demi Sutra Story

Pure Taboo
Afrodisiac: A Demi Sutra Story

Demi Sutra and Fistopher Nolan pen two fantastic scripts exploring some very hard social situations. This is a brilliant film that explores incredibly relevant truths. Such is the modus operandi for Pure Taboo, and everyone involved in these two projects embraces that truth with vigor.

“Afrodisiac: A Demi Sutra Story” (Demi Sutra, Anny Aurora, Steve Holmes, Riley Reyes and Alix Lynx):

This is a heavy story, but I’m so glad to see it told. Demi is an aspiring model who’s having a hard time getting noticed or booked by anyone. No matter how she changes her hair, wardrobe or modeling style, nobody seems to be interested in shooting her. As the rejections pile up, the stress begins to weigh on Demi and she’s driven to start imitating the look of girls who are getting the bookings she craves.

Eventually, Demi begins trying to erase her blackness because in her mind, the common denominator of success is whiteness. She starts using skin lightening cream and she covers her naturally curly hair with a long, wavy, blonde wig. A lot of this takes place in the presence of fellow model Anny Aurora, who seems oblivious to Demi’s emotional distress as the two prepare for a dinner they’re both attending.

This was such a powerful scene to me because it speaks to one of the truths Black people have faced for years. The idea that white-associated traits are more desirable than Black ones is a reality so many Black performers (and people in general) have lived. In addition, Anny’s innocent obliviousness touches on the subject of white privilege in a way that is honest without anger. She legitimately doesn’t see Demi’s perspective, and instead finds herself completely enamored with Demi’s natural beauty.

She doesn’t see the self-loathing and envy in Demi’s eyes because her own are filled with adoration. When Demi kisses Anny to cover her awkward interrogation about where Anny got her clothes and makeup, Anny submits to the sexual advance instantly because she’s truly mesmerized by Demi’s beauty. This dynamic makes their scene very powerful in my opinion. The sex tells two stories: Anny is enveloped in a genuine lust for a beautiful woman who happens to be Black, while Demi feels like she’s trying to consume the physical body of this white woman because it will somehow get her closer to being white and seen.

When Demi ends up being the only model at the dinner party who doesn’t get picked for the photoshoot, something inside her snaps and she returns to the photographer’s home later that night with the intent to kill him. However, when the photographer sees her without her skin cream or wig on, he comments that she’s finally presenting her true self, and remarks how beautiful that true self is. Again, it’s a powerful message and the realization hits Demi like a bag of bricks. Emboldened by her newfound confidence, Demi fucks the photographer’s brains out and her emotional explosion is like nothing I’ve ever seen from her.

“Health, Wealth and Unhappiness” (Izzy Lush and Jake Adams):

In this cautionary tale, Jeff Adams (Jake Adams) finds himself in a whirlwind romance with a foreign woman whom he met online. Their love blossoms quickly and Adams proposes so Izzy can be with him under his roof in the United States. After only a few months, he changes his will to make her the beneficiary of his ample estate. His brother Bobby is concerned about how fast Jeff is moving, but Jeff assures him his marriage is based on true love from both parties.

Oddly, weeks after making the change to his will, Jeff experiences a rash of unexplainable, near-fatal accidents. First, Izzy gets him the wrong heart medication because their regular pharmacy was closed. Then, the brakes fail on his well-maintained vehicle. Lastly, he finds a funeral home brochure in the closet and suddenly he’s not so sure that Izzy isn’t trying to kill him to get her hands on his money. In a fit of rage, Jake takes his anger out on Izzy with an aggressive grudge fuck that sees him take her all over the bed.

Izzy manages to endure his aggression, but there’s no denying the scenario’s exploration of consent within the bounds of marital sex. There are some very vulnerable positions captured in this scene, particularly the side spoon and the missionary. Jake damn near pounds Izzy through the bed during that missionary, holy cow! The tale ends with Jake still meeting a grizzly fate, but the real twist is the reveal of the responsible party.

These are two very different films and both bring strong taboo elements to the table. The racial commentary in “Afrodisiac” stands poignantly next to the commentary on marital sexual assault in “Health, Wealth and Unhappiness.” Pure Taboo is known for pushing these boundaries, but both of these experiences are stories that deserve to be told. Credit is due to Demi Sutra and Fistopher Nolan for writing with such care, and Bree Mills deserves credit for bringing these tales to life. Demi was truly phenomenal in her role.


Ester (Demi Sutra) in the midst of a meltdown, surrounded by beauty magazines she's tearing apart, page by page. She's a model at the top of her game, who has worked her ass off only to be told that she's "not what they're looking for". They want people like Annie (Anny Aurora). Even Ester herself is obsessed with her, joining her one day for a photoshoot. As she fawns over picture-perfect Annie while they're putting on makeup, she tries her best to hold it together but finally snaps, jealousy and lust consuming her.

In the bedroom one evening, Anna (Izzy Lush) gets her husband Jeff (Jake Adams) his regular pills after telling him that she filled his medical papers yesterday. Jeff realizes that they are the wrong pills and doesn't take them, wondering aloud what they would have done to him if he had. Suddenly, Jeff is gripped momentarily by suspicion towards his wife since he just added her to his will the week before.

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