Much has been said about OnlyFans. But the most popular narrative surrounding the controversial platform has been just how lucrative it is.
The most popular OnlyFans creator, Gemma Mccourt aka @gem101, reportedly rakes in over USD $29 million a year. In Singapore, the highest earning male OnlyFans star, Titus Low, reportedly earned $30,000 a month before the police intervened.
Sensationalised stories like this however, don’t quite depict an accurate picture of what doing OnlyFans is really like.
As my next interviewee shares with me:
“Cases like Titus Low are the exception. The majority of OnlyFans creators are earning pocket money at best.
I may be in the top 5% of OF creators, but the money I earn from OnlyFans is nowhere near enough for me to quit my day job”
Based in London, OnlyFans prides itself as an internet content subscription service. But the platform has really become synonymous with sex work.
Founded in 2016, OnlyFans really only took off during the pandemic. Forced into quarantine without steady income, many turned to OnlyFans for financial relief.
While some found wild success with it, the majority of creators didn’t quite reap the returns they anticipated.
The average earnings from OnlyFans is reportedly just $180 a month. It’s a lot of risk for not much reward, especially in Singapore.
Mark Teng, executive director of law firm That.Legal, tells BBC that “Technically speaking, it is against the law to send a nude photo of yourself, even if it is consensual.” This implies that OnlyFans is illegal in Singapore. Gay creators also have to contend with Section 377A, which criminalises consensual sex between men.
In short, doing OnlyFans in Singapore is dangerous, especially if you are gay.
While the legal repercussions against Titus Low were well-documented, there is a lot more that happens away from the public eye. My next interviewee recalls a wave of panic that swept through Singapore’s gay OnlyFans community whereby many of them actually deleted their OnlyFans account, losing thousands of dollars in the process.
From how much he earns to navigating the legal challenges of doing OnlyFans, my next interviewee gets candid about what it’s really like to do OnlyFans in Singapore as a gay OnlyFans creator.
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