Woman describes her OnlyFans journey from empowerment to objectification
“I’d always put on a brave face, but it made me feel dirty."
By Lydia Patrick via SWNS
A 6ft 3ins woman making $2,300-a-month on OnlyFans stopped selling explicit pictures after feeling "objectified by creepy men."
She now just sells pictures of her legs.
Lizzy Groombridge, 28, was in the top one percent of creators on the website and was famed for her long legs, with fans nicknaming her "Lizzy Long Legs."
She started uploading more explicit content and says she became "addicted" to the site, spending 12 hours a day taking and uploading erotic images and videos.
After two years, she decided "it was no longer empowering" and removed her risqué snaps - wanting to focus on her "tall niche" instead.
Lizzy suffered from negative body image growing up and was bullied at school, with cruel classmates calling her "lanky beanpole" or "anorexic."
She joined OnlyFans to gain confidence - initially posting tame photos showing off her legs before branching out to pornographic material.
But it wasn't long before it took a toll on her mental health, and she has since decided to revert to only showing off her legs.
The mom-of-three from Cornwall, England, said: "I came to a crossroads in my life."
"I could either give in to the pressure of requests and make raunchier content or take a step back and take down my explicit content.
"I felt objectified by creepy men.
"They would send constant messages like 'I'm really horny show me something now.'
"It made me feel horrible."
She joined OnlyFans in November 2020 and in October 2021 she started uploading explicit content with her former partner.
But the attention impacted Lizzy's mental health and she decided to take a step back.
She said: “I started uploading less explicit content of me wearing tights again and it felt good and empowering.
“Men would ask me to mock their height and would worship me for being tall.
“Back then I enjoyed it, I felt empowered, it felt good.
“I hit the market at the right time, there weren’t as many people doing it.”
She gained a new sense of self-confidence after years of hating her tall stature - and years of slouching to try and appear smaller.
For the first seven months, Lizzy felt liberated and she quickly became one of the most in-demand people on the site.
However, as OnlyFans became more popular, she "felt the pressure" to make more explicit content to keep up.
Her subscribers would pay her for height humiliation - where she'd stand against a height chart and tell them how small they’d be in comparison to her.
She earned at least £2,000 GBP ($2,300 USD) every month and admits "the money was great" but her mental health started spiraling.
She said: “I would socially isolate and felt ashamed that I was objectifying myself.
“I’d always put on a brave face, but it made me feel dirty.
“I felt like a contradiction because on the one hand I was telling women to love themselves and on the other hand I felt ashamed of myself."
“I wondered how many people were sitting crying in the mirror because of my image?”
Lizzy wants other women on the platform to know "it’s never too late to get out."
“I became the majority and didn’t stand out anymore whereas before I was a minority and monetized my niche," she said.
“Sexually objectifying myself on social media became addictive and I was in denial."
“I was financially consumed by it.
“If you’re a drug addict or an alcoholic there is an exit plan, you can get rehabilitated.
“What is there for people who are lost in the sex industry?
“I now want to help mentor girls who find themselves in the same position and show them there is a way out.
“It makes me sad thinking how many girls are jumping up and down to show off their cleavage in front of the camera fronting a brave face but are actually dying inside.”
She found she couldn’t cope with the constant derogatory messages and requests.
Lizzy claims men would say 'I'd really like to see that up close' or 'bend over' and she felt constant pressure to make more explicit content.
“My whole personality became OnlyFans.”
She also felt judged by other women and she worries the cost-of-living crisis will push vulnerable women into the sex industry.
“A lot of women felt intimidated, and they don’t associate me with being a good person," she said.
“No one should be shunned in society.”
Her next goal is to empower other women and coach them one-on-one to help guide them out of the sex industry and help them gain the skills to enter another career path.
Since being single she has tried dating but struggles to shake her OnlyFans association.
“I’ve tried dating and I continue to be objectified," she said.
“I feel like I’m never going to get past it.
“They fob me off and see me as a conquest, not ‘wife’ material."
Lizzy now feels a weight has been lifted despite having taken an economic hit.
“I feel so much better now I have made this decision and I want to help other women who find themselves in my position," she said.
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