An Irish mother of two who has become one of the world’s highest earners on OnlyFans says the stigma of being a sex worker in Ireland is ‘horrific’.
Meghan O’Neill from Ballycastle in County Antrim is pulling in around £10,000 (€11,733) a month on the adult subscription site – putting her in the top 1% of OnlyFans earners in the world.
On Lunchtime Live this afternoon, Meghan - who goes by the pseudonym Skye Fox on the site - told Andrea she has shot up the earners list since opening her OnlyFans account back in February.
Meghan said she got involved in glamour modelling at the age of 18 but decided to leave it all behind when she became a mother – but found herself at a crossroads as her children started getting a bit older.
“I know a lot of mums listening will know that you do lose yourself through motherhood,” she said.
“For me, my sexuality was such a big part of who I was that I felt completely lost.
“Then through meditation and finding who I was again, I was saying to myself, what would you do if you didn’t have to wear the weight of the world’s opinions?
“I was really honest with myself, and I was like I would go into porn or I would go back to glamour.”
Meghan said her OnlyFans content is largely glamour modelling “with a little bit of softcore porn” thrown in.
Even still, she said she encounters a huge amount of stigma around her work in Ireland.
“Oh my goodness, especially in a small country like Ireland where we all come from a very Christian community where sex is very shameful; you know, we are very backward as a country,” she said.
“So, the stigma around being in the adult industry or being a sex worker of any kind is horrific.
“You know a lot of us here have internalised misogyny and we don’t even realise it. The toxic patriarchy is huge here.
“So, you know this idea that a female is out being very bold with her sexuality is massively shamed.”
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OnlyFans users can pay for photos, videos and live streams through a monthly subscription – but they can also request specific content for a price.
Meghan said she has had “every sort of request under the sun” from people who want her to say their name to those who want her to “rate their genitalia”.
“There are people that will ask for custom things and if I can do it, I will – but I have declined quite a lot of graphic stuff and stuff that I am just not into,” she said.
“So, I would always say, if it doesn’t sit with your gut and you don’t want to do it, don’t do it.”
Meghan’s children are now seven and five are still too young to fully understand what she does for a living; however, she said she plans to be totally open with them when they are old enough.
“For me, I always say if you want to see the change, you have to be the change,” she said.
“I have kids, I don’t want them to grow up with this shame around sex. I am bringing my children up in a very sex-positive household.
“To me, it is very shocking as to why people are so upset by it,” she continued. “Because obviously, we’re all here because of sex. Everybody has sex and it is very enjoyable.”
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She said she will support her children in whatever they want to do – including following in her footsteps should they wish to.
“For me, it is not a shameful thing to be involved in the industry,” she said.
“People will always put the question to me, saying, what if your daughter or your son wants to get into it?
“I’m sitting here going we are here for a very, very short time.
"I think people get caught up in this, ‘we’re never going to die’ kind of thing but we are someday not going to be here.
“In 100 years people aren’t going to care that I was on OnlyFans.”
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