Bella Thorne Makes $2 Million On OnlyFans and Sex Workers are Unhappy

Bella Thorne Makes $2 Million On OnlyFans and Sex Workers are Unhappy

Bella Thorne Makes $2 Million On OnlyFans and Sex Workers are Unhappy

Actor and singer Bella Thorne is the first creator to make $1 million in a single day on Onlyfans. By selling exclusive content at $20 per month, Thorne has made $2 million on the platform in less than a week.

Onlyfans is a subscription platform where creators sell content directly to fans that has, since its inception in 2016, primarily been used by sex workers, OnlyFans has seen a tremendous jump in membership since March, with a 75% increase month-to-month in new signups.

Thorne’s financial windfall made headlines all over the country, with many on social media joking that she had inspired them to sign up for OnlyFans themselves; it was also, undoubtedly, great press for OnlyFans itself. Yet there was one group that was less thrilled about Thorne’s achievement: sex workers, who have been using OnlyFans for years and have been watching the mainstreaming of the platform with ambivalence.

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Sex workers were particularly unhappy by Thorne’s comments to the Los Angeles Times that she had joined OnlyFans as research for a role in a film directed by Sean Baker, who previously helmed the award-winning 2015 film Tangerine.

“The perspective she’ll gain won’t be representative of what most people experience as content creators on the platform,” says sex worker Ellamourne. “I am certain she’ll deal with some of the same issues — fans crossing boundaries, scammers, etc. But at the end of the day she is a celebrity and wields a large amount of privilege. Unless the intent is to drive the conversation toward decriminalization of sex work, I’ll be disappointed.”

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