I Became an OnlyFans Stripper During Covid, and It Did Amazing Things for My Self-Esteem

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A pandemic side hustle turned into more than a paycheck.

Jasmine, 25, from Northern Virginia, was a recent career-changer (from education to media production) when she launched a part-time pandemic gig in online porn.

Why launch your OnlyFans page?

I started it as more of an expression of myself because I felt really bad about my body. Plus, I thought the extra income wouldn’t hurt. I’ve struggled with self-esteem issues that led to depression for a long time. I saw other girls’ pages, and the whole Twitter fan base, and I thought, wow, to show off your body and not be scared of criticism—that seemed really empowering.

Did you have experience with sex work?

When I was 18 or 19, I was a stripper for a couple months. I was way more confident then. I really wanted that feeling again.

How much money do you make?

About $250 to $550 a month. It fluctuates because I’ve either made my account free or charge a subscription, and I receive tips. Tips could be anywhere between $10 and $50. It’s definitely a fun side hustle.

What’s your process?

At first, I was really shy—I wouldn’t get naked. I’d have lingerie basically covering everything. I started to get more comfortable when people started complimenting me. So I decided to show even more. I use a tripod and remote control. I put on my music. I do my makeup and my hair and my outfit. I really enjoy it—it’s a different type of “me time.” I take most pictures in my bedroom. Sometimes I’ll pick an outside location where the lighting is good and I’ll go there at 1 am. I definitely make sure not to get any street signs in my photos.

Have you told people you do this?

Friends, not really family. My friends have been super-supportive and have helped me find new looks.

Have you ever been contacted by anyone you know who saw you on OnlyFans?

Actually, no.

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