Dannii Harwood is doing her hair and make-up geared up for Mistress Monday.
In an hour she’ll be wearing latex and posing as a dominatrix, then sending the images and movies to the masses of men paying to see it.
After that, she’s planning both a shoot in the lower back of a vehicle or a health club-themed shoot within the mini-gymnasium in the workplace at the bottom of her garden.
Every day, guys pay her to enact their sexual fantasies. Some of them are such ordinary customers they speak at the smartphone, and he or she might understand their birthdays or his youngsters’ names.
This all takes vicinity on OnlyFans, a website where subscribers pay for content; it indeed is essentially “Instagram without the PG-thirteen score.”
She has around 1,000 subscribers, every one of them paying $12.Ninety-nine a month. On the pinnacle of that, they could request and pay for specific content material. The charge goes up relying on how uncommon or creative the request gets.
But it does not always observe that more money method more express.
“I had an uncommon request the other day,” says Dannii.
“A guy had this fetish for the parting for your hair, and he wanted me to film a one-minute video of me sliding my arms through my hair after having it blow-dried — completely-clothed, no naughty speak, just literally looking up, announcing his call and strolling my arms via my nose.
“He paid $a hundred and fifty for that. People pay quite a few money for matters they couldn’t find without cost at the net.”
It does, of the path, get more sex than that. But it is this type of personalized content where she makes the maximum cash. Just this morning, someone tipped her $500.
“My page isn’t always about explicitness. I do go to nude; I do display. However that’s not what sells the most,” she says.
“If people need to peer hardcore pornography, they pass at the internet, and they’d get that without cost. That’s now not what my page is ready. My web page is ready interaction, personalizing my content material to fit each guy, providing a lot of distinctive stuff like games and fetishes that it appeals to a variety of humans. I try and hold it tasteful, even though I show my body.”
Dannii is prolific on her OnlyFans page, in addition to on her Instagram and Twitter pages, which have higher than 200,000 fans each and serve as her handiest means of advertising and marketing the internet site wherein she makes her money.
She uploads around 20 photographs and a brief video each day, and every other day will put up an extended, more revealing video, something like a striptease to complete nude. She does topic days, and days wherein she’ll discover a different fetish.
One of her most popular days is Tuesday’s Dare Dannii, in which guys post “dares” and she chooses around 3 to perform.
One concerned her answering the door naked to a pizza delivery guy (“the pizza guy didn’t see me bare — I become status behind the door!” she says).
Another man desired her to movie herself dressing and undressing as frequently as she may want to in the converting rooms of River Island. In some other dare, she drove around the metropolis in her white Maserati carrying most effective underwear.
It takes up all of her time.
“The simplest time I’m now not on my web page is that if I’m asleep or I’m shooting content,” she says.
And it can pay particularly correctly. She made $52,760 (around £40,000) in November and, half manner via February had already made $30,000 (£22,500). As the content author, she takes 80% of what she makes, while 20% is going to OnlyFans.
It’s a level of income she in no way dreamed of while she helped set the website up in 2016, while a friend approached her with the idea, saying he wanted her to assist. She agreed to install a web page (she turned into either the first or second person to have one) and made $257 in her first month. She agreed to spread the phrase, which she did using telling her then-colleagues at Babestation, the person TV chat channel, and by using posting on Twitter and Instagram.
And spread it has. Possibly the maximum famous OnlyFans personality is Jem Wolfie, from Australia, who has around 10,000 subscribers paying $10 a month to see her pose in bikinis or squatting in tight leggings.
Another is Chanel Santini, a 21-12 months-antique from New Mexico who, according to the New York Times, was given thrown out of her residence after popping out as transgender when she became a teen. She started doing porn, then escorting, to make ends meet, managing threats of violence along the manner. When only fans got here alongside, she signed up, going from capturing porn scenes for $400 a time to making $eight,000 a month from subscribers.
Porn and escorting are two matters Dannii says she would in no way recollect.
“I’ve never been for my part exploited, I’ve always felt very plenty in control my whole profession,” she says.
“However, I have come across plenty of women who’ve been underpaid for work they’ve felt obligated to tackle. I’ve by no means, ever gone into escort work, it’s something I wouldn’t do. That’s too far for me, even though I don’t decide all and sundry that does it. I’ve by no means had to. And only fans have been a manner to give the ladies who felt that they had no other choice to make extra cash.”
Dannii grew up in Neath. Her dad is a forklift motive force, and her mum worked for the DVLA earlier than she retired recently. She went to Alderman Davies Church in Wales Primary School and sang inside the St David’s Church choir, standing after Katherine Jenkins.
She became bullied quite badly in college, the result, she thinks, of being “a chunk of a swot” who loved school and might never misbehave, as a substitute devoting her time to dancing, expertise suggests and acting in pantomimes inside the local theatre once they got here around. At 16, she got a scholarship to Laine Theatre Arts, an unbiased appearing arts college in Surrey.
She finished college while she became 19 and started out seeking to get work as an expert dancer, going to audition after an audition in London while doing numerous jobs inclusive of cleansing and coaching dance at the facet.
“I desired to break into the West End, that was my dream,” she says.
“I tried it for 2 or three years, and it was getting so steeply-priced and taking a whole day. I remember strolling around London with my A-Z and Tube map.”
She was given to the very last degree of auditions for We Will Rock You, the Queen musical, with Brian May on the judging panel.
“It became a dancing function however they asked us to sing,” she says. “I can sing in tune but I’m no manner a West End singer, and I didn’t get the task, and that hit me like a tonne of bricks due to the fact I concept I turned into going to make it and get the process. But I didn’t get it, and I thought ‘You recognize what, I give up.’ I had attempted, and it directly wasn’t operating.”
It becomes at this factor that her adventure into the glamour and adult industry began. Changing her focus to performing and different regions of the appearing arts, she was given a few playing cards made that she ought to hand out at any future auditions. She wished a photo to consist of on them and booked a shoot.
The photographer told her she had a “simply fantastic glamour look” and requested if he should position the photos ahead for modeling paintings. Then she started out getting task gives.
“The first task offer I got was a take a look at the shoot for Page three for The Sun, which I didn’t want to do due to the fact I didn’t need to get my boobs out,” she says.
“I was truly quite shy returned then.”
She started getting promotional work, did hosiery modeling for Marks and Spencer, a TV advert for Sky Sports and ended up because of the face of the Golden Tee arcade golf device.
When models like Katie Price and magazines like Maxim, Zoo, and Nuts had been at their height, she received an “implied nude” opposition in one in all them after an ex-boyfriend sent her snapshots in. The process offers for Page three became extra ordinary and eventually, she went for it, performing first within the Daily Sport, wherein she then appeared simply every day for months, getting £120 for every photo shoot.
But she hadn’t informed her dad and mom. Her dad observed out while he went into paintings on the manufacturing facility one day and noticed a topless photo of his daughter caught to his locker.
“They knew I become doing promotional work, but I hadn’t told them about the topless work,” she says.
“I think my dad was quite embarrassed, to be honest. I’m his daughter. I don’t believe any determine wants to see their toddler with their boobs out on page three of a newspaper, especially a father.
“It was a surprise for him. I wasn’t a rebellious baby, I become a well introduced-up child, and I did well at college so there were no signs or tips to my dad that I may begin rebelling and do something crazy.
“I felt horrific. I don’t regret it now however back then I wanted that I had both informed him first or at least used a specific call, so it changed into a bit less in your face for my dad. In the beginning, we wouldn’t genuinely communicate about my work — it’s now not certainly suitable — but as time went on and I turned into doing other severe paintings, getting contracts, buying a vehicle and a house and turning into greater successful, he has become increasingly proud and doesn’t disguise it.
“My mum spent a maximum of her adult existence jogging me round from dance class to gymnastics to acrobatics to singing, drama, piano. And I suppose I felt honestly guilty that I didn’t then move directly to end up that dancer that she so desired me to be. And there had been friends who stopped talking to me and went a bit funny with my dad and mom because of my paintings, and it became a touch bit awkward.
“It’s extraordinary now due to the fact I’ve been doing it see you later and my mum’s honestly proud of the way nicely I’ve accomplished, but at the time we didn’t, in reality, speak it. It turned into avoided.”
After the newspaper and mag paintings, she worked on more than one “extra fetish-based” websites and non-person sunlight hours chat channels earlier than beginning a night time-time “Dom Dannii Show”, where “I may be within the night-time but not divulge my body as plenty — I’d be absolutely included up, however, be a mistress on TV”.
The first display of its type on TV, it turned into very famous for a time, before last down. Dannii moved to Playboy TV in 2008 and toured Europe as a Playboy Bunny, earlier than transferring to Babestation, that is now probably the high-quality-acknowledged channel of its type in the UK. Viewers pay to have the ability to call and talk to the girls they could see on the TV. The later within the day, the fewer garments they’ve on.
She left Babestation in October to pay attention to only fans, which has been described as having “modified sex work for all time” through setting grownup enjoyment in the arms of the human beings proposing in it.
“In the person enterprise it’s a virtually proper way to customize content to whatever the subscriber needs — he will inquire from me for it, I can put my charge on it,” says Dannii, who offers a VIP badge to her maximum active subscribers. It’s those men who spend the most money and to whom she speaks most and knows excellent. VIP club means they get a free telephone call once a month, and perhaps a picture as thanks.
“Being able to touch me is loose, as a part of my subscription. I’m in direct touch with these guys on a day by day foundation,” she says.
“If they had been then to request a picture of my feet or a fetish or something a little more explicit than I’d commonly display on my fundamental web page then I’d attach a price to that or ask them how tons they’d be prepared to pay.”
Although she says it’s rare, now and then a person crosses the road, along with last week while a subscriber sent her a message telling her he couldn’t stop looking at her page and wanted to spend the relaxation of his existence with her.
“I became sincere, and I said ‘I’m without a doubt flattered you sense that way however you’ve by no means met me, it’s lust, now not love and you can’t lose sight of what this is. You’re in no way going to meet me or have a courting with me’. If everybody does go like that, I will put them properly without delay.”
Does that worry her?
“Yeah, now and again,” she says. “But I would get more incidents like that once I changed into working at the channels. I haven’t skilled anything I’ve been overly worried approximately on OnlyFans but.
“There is probably something inside the future, and it has passed off with other girls I know wherein a few men get too connected. But I’ve been within the industry for pretty a long time, and I’m clear with the men, and I’ve never had any fundamental problems.”
There are also incidents wherein she’s known even as going approximately her day, which can be less sinister but may be awkward.
“I changed into having a coffee the alternative day, and this guy got here up to me, together with his female friend, and he turned into asking me ‘Where do I recognize you from?’ And I became wondering ‘It’s going to come to you any minute and you’re just going to close up and stroll off.’
“You can see people questioning ‘I realize you from someplace,’ and then they recognize and their expression modifications.”
After getting her to shoot finished for Mistress Monday, Dannii is packing to go off to Jamaica for a journey that will be component-vacation, component-work. She’s taking the person who takes most of her snapshots and decided to buy her. It’s a brilliant lifestyle for a person making her dwelling on a website it is now not even close to being a family call, nowhere near to the level of Instagram, YouTube or even pornography websites like PornHub.
“I pinch myself on an everyday basis,” she says.
“Never in one million years did I assume this will be such a hit. I idea I’d have some years left at the Babe channels and fizzle out and retire.
“I cleaned houses and pub toilets to fund auditions, earning £three.50 an hour. And I went from that to incomes this cash. It’s all new to me, and I’m still seeking to adjust to it.”