A Perth, Australia woman has revealed she’s raking in $1,700-a-day after quitting her corporate job to become a “professional girlfriend”.
Lucy Banks said she had just $40 to her name when she left her marriage and became a single mom to her two kids.
As a result, she had to quit her corporate job due to its long hours, and decided to try her hand at OnlyFans – a popular subscription site favored by adult content creators.
“There were times when I couldn’t afford my rent. There were times I had to go on payment plans to pay the school fees,” she told Body+Soul.
“I had been working in the corporate banking industry doing really long hours and I just needed to find something where I could be there for my kids when they needed me, so I asked a girlfriend who was doing OnlyFans if it was worth the hype.”
But while other users of the adult platform sell pornography and explicit content, Banks decided to cater the “girlfriend experience” market.
The girlfriend experience
“I’ve got subscribers who message me good morning, every single day,” she explained.
“And then I’ll message them back, tell them what I had for breakfast. It’s like talking to your girlfriend.
“I know my subscribers’ birthdays. I know their dogs’ names. You know, I know what their day-to-day life is like, it’s not always sexual and sending pornos and stuff.
“It really is a deeper connection. I guess they probably come to my page because they’re curious, but they stay because there’s that genuine connection.”
Despite the fact many Australians are feeling the pinch of interest rate rises and inflation at the moment, Banks said her subscriptions for authentic content have “skyrocketed”.
She makes up to $1,700 per day through the platform and explained requests for personalized, girl-next-door offerings haven’t dampened in the current cost of living crisis.
“You know there is a lot of talk out there about AI, and the fact that people can get AI content so it might make real people redundant on OnlyFans,” the mother said.
“But I’ve found, if anything, demand for the personalized girlfriend experience has only increased.
“As soon as people really started feeling the pinch of these interest rate rises and the cost of living, my subscriptions skyrocketed.
“I think when people are feeling low, they want to connect with another human being and find a way to feel good. AI can’t do that.”
From polished and perfect to gritty and live
Banks says the appetite for more personalized, custom content is growing on the platform as well, replacing some of the more hardcore taboo content that has been popular in previous years.
“I feel like a lot of the more extreme content seems to be fading out a little bit and in its place is a softer, more connection-based relationship with a lot of creators,” she explained, adding that she does still get requests for highly individual kinks.
“Once, someone paid for custom photos of my elbows. Just my elbows. I had to flex them back and flex them forward.”
“And then another time I had someone pay for me to oil myself up, and then oil my kitchen bench up, and slide across it like a seal,” she laughed.
“That’s the most fun custom video I’ve ever done!”
As well as the move towards personalized content, Banks believes the “TikTok effect” – that is, the preference for authentic, unpolished and real-time content – is in full force on the platform.
“Two, three years ago, everyone was trying to do really polished productions and have everything very professional with great lighting,” she explained.
“People don’t seem to be into that anymore. They want homemade amateurs with gritty videos, where angles don’t have to be the best but it’s a real, authentic experience.”
The TikTok teaser
Speaking of the TikTok effect, Banks says a growing trend on the platform is to tease real-time content that will move to OnlyFans.
“I’ve got girlfriends who’ll go live on TikTok, and say ‘OK, I’m gonna go out to a bar, I’m gonna pick up a guy and then put it all up on TikTok,” she claimed.
“And then they’ll go home and they’ll film with the guy and they’ll put that on OnlyFans. So there’s that follow-through.
“They do very, very well from it, and especially in the last six months, that kind of thing has just boomed.”
These days, Banks still works long hours, but it’s all from home, “a lot of the time, from my bed”.
Plus, things have changed significantly from those months after leaving her marriage with barely anything to her name.
“We live in a beautiful house, and I own multiple properties, all from OnlyFans,” she concluded.
“The kids are both in private schools, they both go to the best specialists. And that’s what I wanted. I just wanted stability.”