Bella Thorne is coming for your fave gay porn star’s
The 22-year-old bisexual actress and Disney Channel alum shattered records after earning $1 million in just 24 hours on the platform, Page Six reports. Last week, a bikini-clad Thorne announced that she was creating an OnlyFans account via Instagram. According to reps from the site, her rate is $20 per subscriber. Creators on OnlyFans typically keep about 80% of their subscription revenue.
The fan-funded platform, of course, is popular among sex workers, with many queer adult film stars turning to OnlyFans or its competitors to make up for lost income amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As NewNowNext reported in March, Just for Fans (JFF), a comparable viewer-funded platform, saw a “10-15%” increase in sales at the start of the pandemic.
“Tipping is up as well, as I think fans are really making an effort to support their favorite performers,” Dominic Ford, founder and CEO of JFF, told NewNowNext. “Content posts are also up, as models realize this is now an important lifeline for them.”
How do people feel about an A-list celebrity occupying a space favored by more marginalized sex workers with smaller followings? It’s complicated. The normalization of sex work as real work is being welcomed with open arms by most. But many fear that an influx of celebs like Thorne on OnlyFans erases Black sex workers and other sex workers of color, who made the platform profitable to begin with.
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There’s more to Thorne’s first foray into OnlyFans than meets the eye, though. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, the actress said she’s using the platform as research for a new movie she’s making with director Sean Baker.
“It’s a feature we are researching as I’m living it currently,” she told the newspaper over text message. “What are the ins and outs? What does a platform like this do to its users? What’s the connective material between your life and your life inside the world of OnlyFans? … How can it change your life for the worse and the better? How far are you willing to go, and how far do you WANT to go? You can be me, or this talented girl from Montana, and OnlyFans could change your life—if you want it to, of course.”
Thorne also plans to funnel her OnlyFans earnings into her production company and charitable causes, which, werk.