The internet has changed the way we make money and 55-year-old Elaina St James is living proof. Elaina is an OnlyFans model who has made around $630,000 in less than two years through the subscription website. After a month of research, Elaina quit her day job and decided to create content full-time. And it paid off!
Elaina St James is a stage name she uses to protect her privacy. Prior to starting on OnlyFans, she worked in consumer-goods sales and then car sales and an office job. She decided to step away from her career after having a baby at the age of 42.
Elaina created her Instagram and OnlyFans accounts on April 1, 2021. For the first two weeks she posted photos and videos without her face, but as soon as she showed her face her accounts started “exploding,” she said. By the end of April she had 10,000 Instagram followers and close to $2,000 in OnlyFans earnings. In her second month she earned about $5,400, and in her third this rose to nearly $11,000. In her fourth month — July 2021 — she made around $22,000. Her earnings rocketed towards the end of 2022, when she earned nearly $100,000 across November and December.
Elaina’s subscribers pay $9.99 a month, with OnlyFans taking 20% of her earnings. From the creation of her account to January 2023, St James’ two accounts have made nearly $800,000 through subscriptions, or around $630,000 after OnlyFans’ fee. She also makes some money through Fansly, a platform similar to only fans.
Elaina said she usually posts one or two X-rated pictures on her OnlyFans each day, though she uploaded more at the start. In total, she has more than 1,300 photos on her account. On Fridays she posts pre-recorded 10-minute “chat and flash” sessions, where she talks while taking her shirt off.
Elaina’s main subscribers are younger men in their 20s and 30s who have an “older woman fantasy” they can only live out online. But not all her subscribers are young – one of her biggest supporters is a 79-year-old widower, she said.
Elaina’s OnlyFans career has made her happy and allowed her to pay for a car, life insurance, and holidays, as well as start a college fund for her son and save for retirement. Despite the success of her posts, Elaina derives very little of her income from Instagram. Instead, she said she uses the platform – as well as Twitter, TikTok, Facebook, and Reddit – as marketing platforms to drive people to her OnlyFans.
Elaina said she had a “very close relationship” with her teenage son. He knows that she’s a nude model and has seen her Instagram and TikTok posts. Elaina said she’d been contacted by porn companies but wasn’t interested in that career path. She said she’d like to stop by age 65 and pivot to motivational speaking.
Elaina St James is an inspiring example of how the internet has changed the way we make money. She has achieved success and financial stability through her OnlyFans career, and is a powerful example of how anyone can make their dreams come true.