Latest twist from Las Americanas

Laid (off) waitresses and bargirls are now offering nude and rude pictures of themselves online.So much for chastity …….the greenback beckons!

Dallas-area service industry professionals are hurting financially during the Coronavirus shutdown as business grinds to a halt, so in response, some of them are adding to their professional repertoires by taking their clothes off.

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Jobless And Quarantined, Thousands Turn To OnlyFans To Make Ends Meet

A new gig economy job has flourished with people stuck at home and unemployment skyrocketing: selling nudes online.

Jobless And Quarantined, Thousands Turn To OnlyFans To Make Ends

When coronavirus cases started spiking in Texas late last month, Isabela, a 19-year-old student and waitress, felt a creeping sense of dread. She was already living paycheck to paycheck while financially supporting her parents.

A week later, she got the call: Business at the small Chinese restaurant where she worked had all but evaporated, and it could no longer afford to keep the lights on. She wouldn’t be getting any more shifts for the foreseeable future. Isabela panicked.

Her manager urged her to hold off on filing for unemployment benefits because it was unclear when the restaurant might reopen — a dilemma facing many service industry workers. And although her community college extended the deadline for tuition payments, providing some immediate relief, her bills were still due, and her family needed groceries.

As she processed her situation, Isabela remembered that she had an account on OnlyFans, a platform where content creators share posts that are accessible only to their paying subscribers. She had set up a profile with her friends a few months earlier, joking at the time that she could sell nude photos on the site to get by if things ever got tough. Suddenly, unable to work and confined to her house under a new government order, it seemed like her only viable option.

“Out of nowhere, it was just like, ‘Hey — you don’t have a job anymore,’” said Isabela, who asked to be identified by her first name only due to stigma surrounding her new source of income. “This is something I could do from home.”

As the coronavirus pandemic sends American unemployment levels soaring to record highs, thousands of peoplehave turned to OnlyFans and similar independent-creator platforms, such as Patreon, in hopes of making up for lost wages. In recent weeks, OnlyFans has seen a 75% increase in sign-ups, with more than 170,000 new users each day, according to a company email. Patreon reported 50,000 new creators in March — its fastest ever rate of growth.

Some users sell artwork; others sell workout routines, writing services or cooking tutorials. Many sell naked pictures.

Rae, a new mother living in Southern California, was abruptly furloughed last month after the gym she managed shut down due to the risks of coronavirus. Her fiancé, a construction worker, still had a job, but work was slow, and they started to worry about their mortgage payments and other bills.

“At first we [at the gym] were told that we would still be paid, but that didn’t last,”said Rae, 25, who also asked not to use her full name for privacy reasons. “I have a little one, so it was really stressful. I need to make sure he’s taken care of.”

She’d heard about people “making really good money” on OnlyFans, so a week ago, she set up an account to sell topless photos and started sharing her new profile with people on Twitter. Before long, she had more than 40 paying fans.

“It has already made quite a difference for us,” Rae said. “Being stuck at home, I have time to network and put work into promoting my page.”

To her surprise, Rae added, she has already made about $1,000 through subscriptions and tips on OnlyFans. Isabela has earned somewhere in the range of $250 to $300 in a matter of days — enough to keep food on the table for at least the next week, she said. 

Yet even as OnlyFans and Patreon emerge as potential revenue streams for many struggling through this time of economic crisis, the platforms’ surge of new members is also disrupting business for some established creators. Longtime nude models, speaking to Vice, described feeling as if their work is being undermined and warned that digital content production — including sex work in particular — isn’t as easy as people think.

Aubrey Joseph was cautiously optimistic when she set up her Patreon account last week.She had suddenly found herself out of work due to COVID-19; one of her part-time employers laid her off, the other put her on a “zero hour” schedule until further notice. Like Isabela, the 24-year-old didn’t apply for unemployment benefits, since she was technically still on a payroll — just not getting paid. Her savings would barely get her through April.

Fearing eviction and late fees on the car insurance payments she could no longer afford to make, Joseph decided to try her luck at selling digital artwork on Patreon. She studied character design and animation in college, and had always enjoyed doing profile sketches in her free time. 

She had a lot more of it now.

“These days, I have all the time in the world to produce art,” said Joseph, who lives with a friend in Florida. “I just don’t know when I’ll be able to work again.”

She’s selling character illustrations and digital wallpaper, and accepting commissions. So far, though, she has earned only $2 on Patreon. 

“It’s a drop in the bucket. Hopefully, I can get more patrons to help me pay my bills,” Joseph said, “but I know times are hard for everyone right now.”


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The rise of OnlyFans – the Glasgow creators making money from nude photos during lockdown

We speak to an escort, a former stripper and a body positivity campaigner about the world of online sex work – and why it’s “not just easy money”

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OnlyFans has become one of the biggest online phenomenons of the last few years, transforming the adult entertainment industry and putting power in the hands of its creators.

Created by banker’s son Timothy Stokely in 2016, the paid subscription service was set up as a way for influencers to make money from exclusive content but quickly gained popularity for users selling sexually explicit photos and videos – earning its reputation as “the paywall for porn.”

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Sign-ups have skyrocketed over the last six months to a massive 61million users and 850,000 content creators during lockdown – with the firm taking around 20 per cent of the cut.

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In the UK, there are currently 100,000 creators, and 3.8m users signed up. Over 250,000 new users are registering every day, according to a spokesperson from OnlyFans

They added: “The site has truly become a new source of income for thousands of people in these challenging times.”

We speak to three women in Glasgow about what it’s like making money selling racy content from the comfort of their own homes – and why it’s not a business for everyone.

‘What makes me happy? Sex work.’

Elise Kennedy turned to OnlyFans after being forced to put aside her job as an escort at the beginning of lockdown.

The 24-year-old has been involved in the sex work industry for five years, starting out at a strip club for five months while at university before deciding she would earn more by meeting up with clients

Before the pandemic she managed to make between £6000 and £7000 in a good month. Clients were men from all walks of life, ranging from 18 to their 80s, from students who found dating difficult to men working in manual trades and media.

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Elise would receive requests from clients online for dinner dates or a night spent with them at a hotel and pencilled them in through the week. This gave her plenty of time and money to pursue her passions as a makeup artist and creative director for photoshoots during the day.

She said: “I’ve always loved it and miss the freedom. I like being social and getting to know people. being paid what I would expect to be paid for my time.

“We’re all selling our bodies for something. When I was a waitress I would work 14 hour shifts and not even be fed. I was getting shouted at, customers were horrible to me and I had to beg for time off from my boss. When I started working for myself, I didn’t have to beg anymore.”

Once the pandemic hit, Elise had to strike out on a new path online or face being out of work.

At the beginning of March, she had virtually no social media presence due to the risky nature of her job. But in half a year, she has built up her brand from scratch, amassing 10,000 followers on Twitter.

She admits she is adjusting to earning much less money and spending more time working on OnlyFans, with her income coming in at around $1900 a month.

She said lockdown saw memberships soar on the website but it seems that the market is now over-saturated with “more competition.”

“No one expected it to go on this long. Earning has gone down for a lot of people, lost money, or not enough to spare. It’s a challenging time for everyone.”

Elise spends 16 hours a day working on her content and plunges much of her savings into kit including props, backdrops and camera equipment to make her content. She said showing off her personality by dipping into comedy has helped boost her subscriptions.

“I know it will pay off. I’ve got an eye and being creative comes natural to me. I’m good at coming up with concepts,” she said.

“I do well taking photos and making videos. My sketches have boosted my profile the most – just relatable stuff about the Onlyfans experience and being a sex worker with some stupid stuff thrown in. There’s an endless scroll of creators so you have to stand out.”

Elise said the most frustrating aspect of being in OnlyFans is the perception that it’s easy money: “When I was a makeup artist and director, no one said it was easy for me. No one said to the model it was easy, or the photographer. I’m now doing all those things at once, but because I’m in front of the camera and taking my clothes off, that’s when they say it. If it was that easy, I wouldn’t put in this much effort.

“You need mental resilience, creativity and marketing to build a following.”

Elise said another worry of OnlyFans is how quickly people will join without considering the consequences, particularly young women.

She said there is a common misconception that selling nude photos is a quick money-maker but warns joining up, even for a short while, could jeopardise the person’s career prospects.

“People see stories about OnlyFans in the media, women who quit their jobs and earn £30k a month. But that’s the top 1% of people. I’m in the top 4.1 per cent and don’t make anywhere near that,” she said.

“Young people probably join it now thinking no one will find out, that it can be a secret, and they can save the money. But it’s on the internet. There’s no way you can escape it.

“You need to really think about it – even if you’re just uploading bikini pics, you’re a sex worker. That’s your title now. If you want a job that will use that against you, why would you do it for £400 before you decide to give up? Because that’s probably what will happen.

“It doesn’t make a difference to me as I’m already a sex worker but you need to think of your entire life trajectory, 20, 30 years down the line, This could come back to haunt you.

“Imagine you were a teacher and a student held up his phone with a photo of you in the middle of the classroom – ‘Miss, is this you?’ You need to really think about it. It’s not a short-term solution.”

Elise has described her boyfriend, whom she lives with, as a constant source of encouragement, who she met online in 2018.

“He has always been supportive since I told him when we first started talking,” she said.

She hopes to return to escorting once restrictions ease in future as she’s an “in-person person” but acknowledges it will be challenging due to the coronavirus.

She believes that she will always be involved in the industry in some capacity and said she would like to one day become a sex educator.

“What makes me happy? Sex work. It’s what I’m good at it and my experiences would actually be beneficial in a career like that. Our voices need to be heard.”

She added: “There is no point in being secretive. I tell everyone I’m a sex worker so that no one could use that information against me.

“Not everyone knew I was an escort before but OnlyFans is online, so I have to embrace that as part of my life. It’s my f*****g job.”

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While OnlyFans pays the bills for now, Elise said she wants to move away from the platform as it is not sex worker-friendly. Previously models have logged on to find their earnings wiped due to breaching guidelines, such as promoting escorting services or more content viewed as more extreme.

“It’s like navigating a time-bomb. The work is high risk, high reward. If you’re naked on the internet, you deserve to have the reward for that.

She added: “People get p****d off and slut-shame us online but a lot of it is bitterness that we are sexually liberated and have the power to do what we want and be paid for it.

“People argue that porn is free, so why would you pay for it? It’s not free. There are people forced into the industry. You don’t know everything is consensual or if the person is of age. People on this platform are uploading ID and doing it on their own and consensually.

“The sex industry has always been there, it always will be, it’s just more in your face now. It’s time we accepted that. Sex work is work.”

‘I don’t think I could go back to a normal job’

Shannon Crawford made £1000 on the day she joined OnlyFans in 2017.

The 24-year-old decided to quit her job as a music booking agent and take the plunge after gaining thousands of followers sharing X-rated photos for free on blogging website Tumblr.

“There’s a common misconception that you have to be really pretty or have huge boobs to do well. But a lot of these subscribers want to see normal girls. If they wanted something else they could search for it online.”

“I thought I may as well get paid for what I was sharing,” she said.

She has been raking in between £3000 and £4000 a month during lockdown and is in the top five per cent of creators.

This wasn’t Shannon’s first foray into the adult entertainment industry. From the age of 18 she worked at strip club Diamond Dolls at weekends while juggling her business studies at university.

Shannon’s friends are accepting of her career path, having been there since her days in the strip club. Her mum says “it’s at least safer than working as a dancer.”

Her boyfriend, who she met on Tinder earlier this year, is also happy with her work.

“It was one of the first things I told him. After all, I can’t hide it – it’s my job! But he is really supportive and joins in with some of it now.”

She continued: “I’ve not faced much backlash for OnlyFans. People aren’t weird about it anymore because I’ve always been open about being in this kind of industry. They are used to it.

“From my time stripping I’ve learned people will be pleasant to your face but speak about you behind your back. Some say you have no respect for yourself or that you’re a slut, but I was judged for the way I dress and the makeup I wore anyway.”

Shannon says she spends around two to three hours a day advertising and promoting her OnlyFans and making content.

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She said the OnlyFans community is “far less bitchy” than in strip clubs because the workers there were in “direct competition” with one another.

While the income is not as steady as she would like, she doesn’t think she could have a “proper job” again – and admits that it might be a struggle to gain a profession with an OnlyFans under her belt.

“I’d have to work on my own. I’m so used to being self-employed.

“I think OnlyFans is a lot more normalised than when I was younger, a lot more influencers have it.

“As far as I’m concerned, I wouldn’t want any job that wouldn’t want me.”

Shannon said she has received messages from girls asking for advice about joining up over the last few years – but stresses she wouldn’t recommend it to everyone.

“I’ve had a nursing student and a teacher ask if they should join and I told them not to do it,” she said. “It’s not worth the risk of losing your job for something you don’t know will pay off. There are circumstances where you can’t do both.

“You have to be sure you’re strong enough to face the fact people won’t like it, if your family or job found it. You need to be confident – if you’re shy or you’ll get embarrassed, it’s not for you.

“We’ve still got a long way to go to make sure all sex workers are safe. It might be more popular now but that doesn’t make it easy.”

‘It boosted my body positivity’

Violet Lux said it was her participation in the body positivity movement online that led her to join OnlyFans in 2017.

The 27-year-old, who is plus-sized, had been sharing photos of herself in lingerie on social media and attracted messages from followers willing to pay for more tailored content.

She took a year off to focus on her career as a brand ambassador but returned to the website during lockdown because she has been spending more time at home.

“It has been a real boost for my positivity, it made me feel better about myself and it has been a good supplementary income,” she said.

“People are attracted to fat bodies. They wouldn’t be following me if they weren’t. There is appeal for all different body types and that’s the benefit of platforms like this.”

Violet has around 300 followers which isn’t high by OnlyFans standards but her income is around $1200 a month, mostly in the form of ‘tips’ from fulfilling personalised content requests from her subscribers.

“For example, they might ask for a strip tease from jeans and a t-shirt because they like the ‘girl next door’ thing or they’ll ask me to wear red lingerie, and they offer to pay for the stuff,” she added.

While some creators charge clients extra for personal messaging, Violet said she prefers to be more accessible as it’s better for business. She said she has between 50 and 60 “core” followers who have subscribed to her long-term, a lot of whom are fellow wrestling fans.

“I get more respect from my customers than I do from guys on Tinder. I’ve never felt unsafe. People who buy porn from someone locally over a big company want interaction, that local connection and to build a relationship with them.

“Some of them are super kind. Recently one guy wrote to me saying ‘I saw you’re having a hard time and I bought you a book from your Amazon wish list.’

Violet said her experiences of selling pictures online has been largely positive. Her bosses are aware of the nature of her work but, so long as she keeps the two separate and doesn’t post about her day job, they happily turn a blind eye.

She admits her mum “didn’t agree with it” when she told her but that she changed her mind upon seeing a billboard of a woman in her underwear while shopping in the city centre.

“She’s fine with it now and thinks if it’s everywhere already, I might as well get paid for it! She knows I have boundaries.”

“Posting photos makes me feel good but the decision to dive into it as a job was a serious one.”

She agrees with the other creators that it’s a big risk to take selling intimate photos online.

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“It’s not just a selfie you’d send to your boyfriend that you post on the internet. That’s not the way it’s going to be. It takes time and effort out of every day to build that brand – taking and editing photos, interacting. It’s not as easy as everyone thinks.”

But she said she occasionally receives abuse while promoting her OnlyFans on Twitter occasionally, especially from women.

“I’ve had messages from girls saying no one will want to marry me because of it, but that’s not what I want anyway. The way I see it is we are all selling ourselves, whether working in a shop or selling pictures online.

“I feel more comfortable taking photos in my underwear than reading off a script in a Zoom meeting to a CEO.”

She added: “This is a hobby that I get paid for. I can work part-time and have time to do stuff that I love. I have a whole day off I can spend with my niece.”

“I’m happy with the balance. If it ever got to the stage where I dreaded making content for it, I would quit. I’m very successful in my day job and OnlyFans has never affected that but if it did, it would have to go.”

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‘I quit my job and now earn £10,000 a month selling nude photos’

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Beth Spiby spent her winters working in retail but after learning “how much sex sells” during a summer season in Magaluf, she set her sights on selling lingerie photos on the website OnlyFans, which allows users to post any type of content, including pornography, and then charge fellow users to view it.

As she made the transition to sharing nude photos and some “more explicit” content, Beth soon began to earn a lot more money and told Phillip and Holly that she can now make more than £10,000 a month via the website.

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Beth believes her fans subscribe because they’re interested in her – not just her body. “When I was younger and I first started it, I had this expectation that I had to continue to please my fans,” she said.

“But now I’m older and I’m more confident in my own skin, I understand that the fans aren’t necessarily paying for the content per se, they are paying for me and my energy and who I am.”

Holly expressed concern that the personalisation element of the website, where fans can be named during an explicit act, could feed obsessions and make Beth unsafe.

However, she said she doesn’t feel ever feel unsafe on OnlyFans: “There’s a massive disconnect between me and the actual fans. I don’t personally feel unsafe but there have been times when people cross the line a bit.”

Beth’s mum Jane, who took the first lingerie pictures when she joined the site, also said it was the element of control Beth had over her site that comforted her as a parent.

“I’d never heard about the site. But when she explained she was in control and she got to choose what she wanted to do, that made me a bit more happy and secure,” she said.

Beth revealed that she could be a millionaire by now if she didn’t spend so much money.

However, Alice Beer expressed her concern that some might see websites like OnlyFans as an “easy option” when it came to paying off debts and urged people to think carefully before sharing personal images on the internet.

“You have to be careful, please don’t be just lured into that lovely £10,000 a month,” she said

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