Elaina St James quit her day job and started working as a full-time content creator just two months after starting her OnlyFans account.
And after less than two years, the 55-year-old mother has already made almost $630,000 from the subscription website. An insider has seen the records that attest to her income.
St. James claims that after quitting her day job, she is happier and can provide a better life for her son. (Elaina St James is one of her stage names. To preserve her privacy, Insider consented to using this name.)
St James worked in consumer products sales when she was in her 30s. She made the decision to leave her career behind after having a child at the age of 42, working first in auto sales and subsequently in an office.
She admitted that before joining OnlyFans, “I was not social media knowledgeable.”
However, she saw a story about another mother creating OnlyFans content during the pandemic. According to St James, she showed an immediate interest.
Elaina St. James’ OnlyFans subscribers pay $9.99 per month.
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After a month of investigation, she made the decision to move forward. On April 1, 2021, St. James started her Instagram and OnlyFans profiles.
She posted pictures and videos without her face for the first two weeks, but as soon as she did, her accounts “exploded,” according to her.
She had 10,000 Instagram followers and about $2,000 in OnlyFans profits by the end of April. She made roughly $5,400 in her second month’s income, and by her third, it had increased to almost $11,000. She earned almost $22,000 in July 2021, which was her fourth month. Toward the end of 2022, when she made almost $100,000 in November and December, her profits skyrocketed. Screenshots that showed her profits were seen by an insider.
Her monthly subscribers pay $9.99, and OnlyFans keeps 20% of her revenue. St James’ two accounts have generated close to $800,000 through memberships since the start of her account until January 2023, or roughly $630,000 after OnlyFans’ charge. Through Fansly, a website comparable to solely fans, she also earns some money.
When she learned that she could make more money by devoting those hours to modeling, St James claimed that she quit her day job two months after beginning OnlyFans.
St James claimed that although she first published more, she now only uploads one or two X-rated images daily to her OnlyFans account. She has more than 1,300 photographs on her account altogether. She publishes pre-recorded 10-minute “chat and flash” sessions every Friday during which she converses while undressing.
According to St James, she attempted to develop an online presence that was “strong, sophisticated, and polished” and believed that her specialty would be as a “mature dominatrix.” But she soon learned that her subscribers didn’t come to her for this. They liked her to be who she truly was, a “wholesome, hilarious, cheerful, smiling, little weird Midwest mom,” as she put it.
“I don’t have the ideal physique. I’ve got a mommy belly. I’m cellulite-ridden “She spoke to Insider.
According to St James, some younger artists have called her a “inspiration.” She told Insider, “I feel so much better about myself.
St James claimed that the majority of her readers are younger guys in their 20s and 30s who have an online-only “older woman fetish.” However, not all of her subscribers are young; a 79-year-old widower is one of her biggest fans, according to her.
St James, who operates five Instagram accounts, shared a Reel in which she was wearing a pink floral satin slip that she said cost $8 and came from Amazon. The Reel exploded. So far, 26 million people have viewed it.
Despite the popularity of her posts, St. James only makes a small portion of her money from Instagram. Instead, she claimed that in order to attract more fans to her OnlyFans, she uses the site, as well as Twitter, TikTok, Facebook, and Reddit.
She had 3,400 OnlyFans subscribers as of February 2023. She estimated that 5,500 was her peak.
She and her teenage son had a “really tight relationship,” according to St James. She claimed that he was “absolutely” aware of her TikTok and Instagram pictures and added, “He knows that I’m a naked model.” She claimed that he gives it a cringe-worthy response.
She is content with her employment with St James’ OnlyFans because it has helped her pay for a car, life insurance, vacations, a college fund for her son, and retirement savings. Without OnlyFans, “I wouldn’t have been able to afford it,” she claimed.
However, she claimed that it has made dating much more difficult. “I aim to stay under the radar.”
St James remarked about her OnlyFans career, “I can’t do this forever.” She claimed that while porn businesses had contacted her, she wasn’t interested in pursuing that line of work.
She told Insider, “I would prefer to stop around age 65.” I don’t know what the future holds, but I’d like to switch to motivational speaking because I have a long life.