We can debate for ages as to why female athletes will often find themselves earning less than their male counterparts (and each time I’ll say its because the WNBA is boring and no one watches it), but most people would probably agree that female athletes shouldn’t have to strip on OnlyFans in order to make a living. Case in point is IBF women’s bantamweight boxing champion Ebanie Bridges, who said in a recent interview that if not for OnlyFans, you’d probably catch her working the drive-thru at McDonald’s instead.
In an recent interview with Luckyblock.com, Bridges discussed how after dealing with a severe injury to her hand after her last fight with Shannon O’Connell, she obviously wasn’t been able to fight, which meant no checks in her mailbox anytime soon.
To pay the bills however, Bridges has relied on her OnlyFans account where she posts racy content which has landed her in the top 0.1% of the platform’s earners. Yes, she’s posting exactly what you think she is, because the previews alone have helped skyrocket her account on Instagram enough to keep potential subscribers clicking through.
Sex sells, I get it, but there have to be other ways, right? She was a professional educator after all and has a masters degree. Do the options really fall down to selling your body online or starving even when you’re not in fight camp? For Bridges, the first option is where she’s hedging her bets.
“I haven’t had a pay cheque from boxing since December f**king 2022, so I suppose, thank f*** for OnlyFans, otherwise I’d be working at f***ing McDonald’s or something in order to support myself over here,” Bridges said.
“So, thank God for OnlyFans, because it keeps me going, and it keeps me being able to train at the gym full time and saves me from not having to go get a second job because I’m not getting paid, because I’m not boxing,” she continued. “It just helps me with my life, it helps me set up my future.”
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Opponents such as Shannon O’Connell have even called Bridges a “skanky stripper” for being on the platform. Bridges however further defended her decision to create an OnlyFans account, suggesting critics would change their opinions if they viewed her exclusive content.
While the 36-year-old’s return to the ring is uncertain, she’s made it clear she’ll be ready to defend her title when that day comes.
What’s your take on the trend of female athletes jumping onto this salacious platform? Let us know in the comments below and across social media.
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