Paige Spiranac posts about Only Fans, then Instagram removes her Story

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Paige Spiranac has taken to her Story to reveal her fury at seeing Instagram remove her April Fools Day joke about joining Only Fans.

Spiranac posted a picture on her Story this morning telling her followers that she had joined the content subscription service, only for the Swipe Up link to direct viewers instead onto her Shopify page to purchase her new Masters-inspired towels ahead of the year’s first major at Augusta National.

The social media sensation, who now has more Instagram followers than Tiger Woods with a whopping 3 million, then posted a second image to her Story of her dog with the caption: “April Fools… but really, go buy my towel!”

Two hours later, Spiranac then revealed how her Story post had been reported by a number of people and that Instagram had taken it down, as according to the company, her post went ‘against community guidelines’.

Spiranac then ranted about seeing her post taken down.

“Just minding my business on this lovely April Fools' Day,” said a furious Spiranac.

“I put up a Story, joking that I’m going to have Only Fans with a Swipe Up, and it got removed. You f’ers got it removed. You reported me, and what actually p***** me off is because Instagram, why did you remove it?

“I wasn’t even promoting Only Fans. That picture had no nudity, there was no nudity involved. You have other girls that actually post nudity on here, and they don’t get removed. What’s that about?

“So swipe up and go and buy my towel.”

On OnlyFans, Porn Is Personal

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On OnlyFans, Porn Is Personal

Brandon Mena takes pictures of himself to make content for his OnlyFans profile in Caracas on November 12, 2020. Photo: Cristian Hernandez/AFP via Getty Images

When the porn industry essentially shut down overnight last March, queer adult film star Michael Boston did what many in the business were doing: He joined OnlyFans. The 26-year-old went from professional studio lighting to creating, directing, and marketing his own content.

The move turned out to be quite lucrative.

“I’ve been able to buy more shoes and live comfortably in this new house I just moved into in L.A. because of my OnlyFans revenue,” says Boston. He estimates he’s made tens of thousands of dollars from the site — his large fan base gained from an illustrious studio career helped.

NSFW “fan content” websites — such as Just For Fans, Manyvids, and, of course, the juggernaut of them all, OnlyFans — have enjoyed a boom in popularity amid Covid-19. In March 2020, Mashable reported OnlyFans had 26 million registered users. By August 2020, Variety reported that the number had nearly doubled to 50 million in less than six months.

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Unlike traditional studio porn where watchers are subjected to what companies deem to be worthwhile positions, bodies, and fantasies, OnlyFans puts the power back in the hands of creators and subscribers. This new digital space allows people to explore sex work and body positivity, as well as have a more intimate, personal connection with performers. Users can cater their porn consumption to match their sexual fantasies, desires, and preferences — akin to, say, how playlists are made on popular music streaming services.

Boston says his self-shot-and-produced content shows his fans he’s a real person, not just a body on the screen.

“There are fans of mine I talk to almost daily, who boost my confidence, and I boost theirs,” Boston says. “I feel really connected to them, which is something I can’t say happens with studio porn. I can cater content to what they want and get an idea of what works and what doesn’t. Plus, who doesn’t like to be told they’re sexy as fuck on a daily basis?”

Making the kind of money he makes hasn’t come without hard work: Boston is responsible for producing, editing, uploading, and marketing content. With the platform taking on average 20% of his gross earnings (a common commission rate shared by many creators on the platform), it’s vital he gets his work in front of a large audience effectively and connects with them enough that they want to pay.

“You have to kind of be a jack of all trades these days,” Boston says. “You can’t just expect your account to make money lying around on the internet.”

Boston uses sites like Pornhub to post short clips to entice new subscribers on OnlyFans. He notes Twitter is by far the most sex-positive of the major social media companies, allowing him to post and market his content without too much worry of getting flagged or removed entirely.

Fan content seems to be more diverse than studio production overall, but OnlyFans is still plagued by Eurocentric beauty standards and heteronormativity.

“The homepage on OnlyFans still seems skewed toward more straight creators, so sometimes I feel my profile gets buried in an algorithm,” Boston says.

LGBTQIA advocate, fashion designer, and Latinx adult film star Boomer Banks agrees, saying, “If you’re white, and you have a body, people will pay for you to show it off.”

Another challenge is dealing with the overshadowing celebrity culture that’s managed to flood the platform. OnlyFans is famous for featuring people like Cardi B and popular YouTubers on their homepage and explore pages, while largely ignoring the sex workers that make up the backbone of the platform. Gen Z star Bella Thorne reportedly made more than $1 million in a week, and MTV’s Tana Mongeau has previously boasted on Instagram about earning $3 million in a month. (Her most requested and expensive content? Feet pics.)

Nonetheless, lesser-known entertainers continue to join and grow their audiences on the site.

“I saw people are making money on this platform, and I saw it as an opportunity there,” Banks says. Regardless of where his adult content is posted, Banks believes strongly in “self-accountability” and boundary setting. “You have to have your own house in order to get everything else together to make a career like this not only get off the ground but have longevity. I’ve been sober for over 15 years, and having that level of self-accountability and life experience has been so important.”

JetSettingJasmine, co-founder of Royal Fetish Films, is another performer who shifted to OnlyFans during the pandemic. “We’re still on every platform you can imagine and we’ve pivoted our live shows to cam shows, while also taking advantage of digital audio services, like podcasts,” she says.

Jasmine partners with Pineapple Support, which provides sex-positive therapy to adult film workers and generally works to dismantle stigmas against sex work.

“If we can use our fingers to type out documents, our biceps to pick up trash, then we should be able to use the more intimate parts of our bodies as a means to sustain ourselves,” Jasmine says. “Some people find sex work as an alternative to dead-end jobs. It’s all about highlighting your strengths and problem-solving to navigate an ever-changing world, but doing so in a safe and legal way is crucial.”

As the pandemic forced performers to go entirely online, Jasmine helped people navigate the transition to building an OnlyFans career.

OnlyFans continues to offer content creators the ability to tailor media to fans. Jasmine says it’s been “incredibly satisfying” for entertainers to curate specific fan content or include in DMs to subscribers. (Fans can pay extra for these DMs; subscribers can also send a tip for what content they’d like to see.)

An overarching lesson I learned talking to people for this story: OnlyFans has broken down walls between adult performers and consumers of their work, supporting creators and giving fans a glimpse into the lives of people they pleasure themselves to.

I know that gets me off.

Here’s How Much Money It Costs To Subscribe To An OnlyFans Account

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Unlike TikTok or Instagram, OnlyFans is a subscription-based platform where creators can monetize their content and get paid for sharing things like photos and videos. It’s why the site has been such a big hit during the pandemic since so many people are stuck at home and unable to work their usual jobs. But does OnlyFans cost money for everyone to use?

It really depends on what you’re looking for. When creators sign up on OnlyFans, they typically share content for free in order to gain a following — just like you would on any other social media platform. Once they reach a certain number of subscribers or fans, that’s when they might choose to set a monthly subscription rate.

According to the OnlyFans blog, it’s up to the creators to decide how much money they’ll ask for — and it involves some math and discretion. For example, if a creator has about 10,000 fans, they can expect to attract about 150 subscribers and should set their rate accordingly. It’s more lucrative, they say, to have 150 subscribers paying $6.99 than 50 subscribers paying $9.99, which is why setting realistic and affordable prices is key.

How Much Does A Subscription Cost On OnlyFans

While a creator’s free content remains available after they set a subscription rate, their exclusive content will appear behind a paywall. And since the cost to subscribe is different for everyone, it’ll be up to you to decide if you’re willing to pay or not. The OnlyFans blog notes that it’s reasonable for creators to charge up to $15.99 a month, but usually, that’s for folks who are willing to offer frequent and high-quality content or pay-per-views.

There’s also the option to tip OnlyFans creators. You might send along a little extra cash if you really love a particular post, if the creator does a live stream, or if you have one-on-one interactions. (It’s possible, for example, to DM with creators and send tips that way.) The site offers anonymity when tipping, or you can reveal who you are. It’s up to you!

While tipping used to be limitless, OnlyFans recently enforced a cap. Now, new users can tip up to $100 a day, while users who have been on the site for four months can tip up to $200. You also can’t spend over $500 a day on the platform, so keep that in mind if you’d like to share the love. Other than these restrictions, it’s totally up to you how much you spend on OnlyFans.