A model who makes $28,000 from selling explicit content to her fans has claimed it's harder work than people think...
Though many disagree...
Over the last few years there has been many money-making opportunities to millions of people introduced all over the globe, thanks to one app you'll all have heard of.
The social media platform allows content creators to post content and receive payment directly from their followers, or "fans" via subscriptions or one-off tips.
It was initially founded in 2016 by CEO, Timothy Stokely...
And today, there are over 1.1 million content creators using the app, and over 50 million registered users, as per the Influencer Marketing Hub.
However, despite the app's overwhelming success...
It carries with it somewhat of an x-rated reputation.
While this may not be the case for every content creator, it is common knowledge that the app is primarily used for amateur adult content...
Hence the popularity.
The site has a famously laid-back content policy, which allows creators to share revealing pictures of themselves -- you could consider it a NSFW Instagram-style platform.
A New York Times article in 2019 even claimed that the platform had "changed sex work forever."
For the first time ever, people can make their own money from their own adult content - according to the website, creators receive eighty percent commission on their earnings, while the remaining twenty percent covers "referral payments, payment processing, hosting, support, and all other services."
The twenty-three-year-old Disney actor, Bella Thorne, famously made $1 million in her first hour on the platform.
But, despite the handsome sum of money these content creators can pocket on a daily basis, opinions on the app remain divided.
Many argue that, despite being marketed as a safe and consequence-free way of selling adult content, the site is actually quite the opposite.
I’m sorry but how can people even try to justify having an only fans account and then have the audacity to claim it… https://t.co/HIvbIVSEVT— Holly (@Holly)1613748229.0
As has always been the case with adult entertainment work, many consider it to be a crude, non-legitimate way of earning a living, and the stigma surrounding OF is no different.
But one model who earns $30,000 a month has hit back at those who think that...
Claiming that it's harder work than people think.
Rhiannon Blue is a creator on the app from the UK who currently earns around $30,000 per month.
Rhiannon, who is twenty-four years old, joined the site just 2 and a half years ago and is already in the top 0.2% of creators.
But while she might be making more money each month than most of us earn in a year, Rhiannon claims it's not easy money.
Speaking with LadBible she said: "If you want to be in that top percent, you have to work hard."
"And it's so annoying, because like... people I'm not really, really close to, but like friends of friends, when we have this conversation are like, 'Oh, yeah, I wish I had that. It's such easy money.'"
"It's annoying, because I'm gonna say now, it's not. All they see is the person posting a picture and then they hear that they're getting a good income."
Working as an online model is not like a usual job...
When most of us are finishing work, Rhiannon is starting her busiest period at work.
"When people come home, have a cup of tea, put their feet up after dinner, to chill and switch off after work, that's our busiest time, because from about six o'clock to like three in the morning, that's when people have finished work. So that's when we need to make most of our money," she said.
"Then you've got to put all your content on TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, like every day - I do twice a day on all those platforms."
"And that's just to build a following. So the better you build your following, the more people are seeing your links, the better your income is. That takes hours and days."
"But then you've also got to be on OF to talk to all those people, to make sure they're getting what they're paying for. Because if you just ignore them, they just block you, get a refund."
"So yeah, people think it's a doss, but if they tried to push themselves to the top percent they wouldn't be saying that."
On top of her usual content, Rhiannon also creates personalized content if requested by her subscribers.
Explaining an example of her personalized content, she said: "You know the tiny little figurines that kids play with, like tiny little men? You stand on them, squish them with your feet, pretend to eat them."
"I need to be fully clothed and just pretend to eat this little man, sit on one, stomp on one with my feet and they get off on it."