With the newly revised OnlyFans policy, many of its content creators find it hard to picture their future on the platform. The contentious decision to ban "sex conduct" is not only of concern to creators but also to users.
Courtney Tillia, a former special education teacher who works as a model and life coach, and creator on the platform, expresses similar sentiments. According to news outlets, on August 23, she talked about how she was caught off guard by the new policy.
OnlyFans seems to be getting off the erotica industry, although the Terms of Service of the company haven't reflected such claims yet. Beginning in October, it is expected that users will stop posting "sexually explicit content" on the platform. This new policy was announced on Thursday, August 19.
They stated that their creators could post pictures and videos as long as they followed the revised policy.
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The site has become a financial haven for people, including celebrities. Renee Gracie, a racing and OnlyFans star, uses the platform to revive 'boring sport.' Bella Thorne joined the platform back in 2020 and received a lot of backlash for it. There is also Blac Chyna, who made a fortune from a foot fetish on the website.
There are non-celebrities like Courtney Tillia, who earned more than they imagined from creating content on the website. She said that she left her teaching job because she was struggling financially and felt undervalued at work.
According to The Sun, her husband encouraged her to pursue her passion, and since she began, she has been earning 12 times her previous earnings from working as a teacher.
She told The Sun:
"I was working as a special education teacher for six years when I began to struggle emotionally, mentally, and even financially because I was doing my Ph.D. I was in a dark place. I was so sad, and I was pushing away everything I ever wanted, like my husband, my kids, the life that I was trying to create."
She added that she felt compelled to spend money on education, acquiring more degrees to earn more money. She continued:
"I was so miserable, and my husband asked me what I wanted to do because I was so disconnected from myself and just so unhappy with my path - so I started working at a gym."
Although she is a graduate of Arizona State University, she decided to work as a female personal trainer. On the job, she realized that "women needed more mental and emotional support to achieve the transformation they desired." She thus broadened her services to include life coaching.
Talking about becoming a model, she said:
"It was my husband who got me into modeling. It was something I'd always wanted to do, but I didn't think I'd be able to do it, but he showed me how to pose. He would photograph me in the garage, the bathroom, and other areas of our home and post them on Instagram."
"He's always been a strong supporter of my right to self-expression. And when I asked him about OnlyFans in 2019, he said, 'Yeah, let's do it. Why have we been waiting so long?'"
When asked by the website why she chose OnlyFans as her mode of expression, she said:
"For so long, our bodies have been labeled as shameful and wrong - especially if you're married or a mom, or you start a business, your worth in society stops."
It is excellent that she has such a supportive husband for the path she chose. But the question is, are all husbands as liberal as that? Would you allow your wife to join OnlyFans with the reputation it has?
Tilla and Nick have been married for eight years and are presently producing a reality TV show about their lives. Tilla has about 291,000 followers on Instagram, of which she gained 15,000 in the last six months alone.
People reported that she now earns a six-figure salary. She talked to People about The OnlyFans ban saying: "It was shocking." She found it "very sudden" and "vague." She added:
"It also makes us feel bad because we were the ones who built that platform and turned it into what it is now. We made it a well-known brand, and to be honest, the people who built it did a poor job."
Tilla mentioned that she fell in love with the platform, not because of the huge amount of money she could make from it but because it gave her the freedom she so dearly craved. In her own words:
"I fell in love with it. I fell in love with the feeling of being free and being able to express myself in various ways. I started this as a means of self-expression; I didn't realize there was so much money to be made in it."
Talking about what she has been able to accomplish with money made from the platform, Till told TMZ that she has been able to buy a house, travel extensively, and pay for children's education. It lifted her financial burdens.