Sydney Leathers' net worth: Sext scandal activist says OnlyFans needs sex workers
Sydney Leathers, after the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal, turned to porn to make a living and has been on OnlyFans since 2017
Sydney Leathers shot to fame in 2013 in a world where electoral politics and social media were not truly accustomed to each other. Anthony Weiner, then an extremely popular Democratic representative, got embroiled in a sexting scandal (with Leathers) that destroyed his career. While Leathers too had to deal with the media onslaught, she recovered better than Weiner. She made a career for herself as a writer and an adult content creator. And of late, she has been very vocal about OnlyFans attitude towards sex workers who made the platform what it is.
Recently, OnlyFans had said that starting in October, it would block sexually explicit material, in response to concerns from banks and other companies providing financial services that enable transactions on the subscription service. After widespread backlash from sex workers and adult content creators across the globe, the London-based company announced a reversal of this decision.
"We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned October 1 policy change," the company announced on Wednesday morning, August 25. "OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators."
Leathers, who has reportedly been earning money on OnlyFans since 2017, said that she and fellow performers were still worried that OnlyFans would change its mind again and they would all have their “livelihood ripped out from under” them. “I think online content creators are feeling a bit of whiplash this week,” she told Page Six. “It’s been extremely stressful thinking our livelihood was being ripped out from under us. I think we’re all relieved by the reversal, but afraid this could happen again.”
Leathers said, “OnlyFans gave the press a statement before they informed creators and that doesn’t inspire much confidence in them as a platform. It shows that they care more about media attention and that kind of stuff than they care about creators that made them their money. OnlyFans is what it is because of sex workers and wouldn’t be what it is without sex workers. I don’t think they could survive without adult content.”
She, however, said that despite feeling some distrust after the whole episode, she would not be leaving the site. “Many of us feel we have no choice but to stay,” she said. “There is no guarantee our fans would follow us to a new platform if they’re used to/comfortable with OnlyFans.”
“Adult content creators and people who support us need to continue standing up to pro-censorship/anti-sex-work groups who put pressure on banks/credit card companies not to work with us. We’re regular people just trying to pay our bills and feed our families just like everyone else and should continue to have a safe space to make a living,” she said.
What is Sydney Leathers’ net worth?
Born in Princeton, Leathers’ parents divorced when she was two years old. Her mother abandoned her while she was in middle school, after which she lived with her father in Mount Carmel, Illinois. She was popular in high school but struggled with depression and anxiety. “Nobody really knew anything was going on with me,” she said in 2016, “but I was not in a good place.”
Leathers currently works as the community manager of Spank Chain and SpankPay, a payment processor built specifically for sex workers. She also earns from her OnlyFans content.
Leathers’ net worth is a matter of contention according to various websites. A website called networthpost.org estimates that Leathers is worth an astounding $17 Million. Of course, the website offers no breakdown for this figure. Biographydaily.com on the other hand pegs her net worth in the more modest bracket of between $500,000 and $1 million. According to the website, the subscription charges for access to her OnlyFans content are $9.99 for one month, $28.47 for three months, $53.95 for six months. For her 12-month package, she charges around $95.90.