Between raising two children, being a housewife, and riding horses in her spare time, Instagrammer Summers VonHesse still finds time to make an income of nearly $5,000 per month. And she does it by selling sexy selfies online.
“I’ve never had a ‘real job’ since I got married eight years ago. Being able to contribute in my house feels really nice,” VonHesse Tells Yahoo Beauty.
In November, VonHesse began revealing more skin on her Instagram page. She quickly realized she was an online hit, reaching nearly 110,000 Instagram followers, and could profit from all the fans who wanted to see more of her. So she decided to take control and increase her finances as well as her followers.
“I enjoy doing it,” she says. “To be honest, I’m not doing it because we really need the money or anything like that, but it sure is nice that I am bringing in $5,000 a month.”
So how exactly does this work? VanHesse posts pictures on a portal called patreon.com/socalsummers. Then strangers pay different sums of money to get glimpses of VonHesse in lingerie and sometimes even nude.
Users of the platform pledge a certain amount per month and then get access to the explicit content of the Nevada mom. The cost to subscribe goes from $5 to $50; the higher sum you are willing to pay, the more content you have access to see.
But the 30-year-old tells Yahoo Beauty that it took her a long time to love her body and be as confident as she is now — confident enough to post pictures of herself like that on the Internet.
“I was always putting myself down, my husband kept telling me I was the most beautiful girl in the world, but I didn’t believe him,” says VonHesse.
Her journey toward self-love started two years ago when she began following other body-positive Instagrammers. She says that when she saw the confidence of women who had body types similar to hers, it helped her realize her own beauty.
“Believe it or not, I was reading through the comments of the other bloggers and saw how men were telling them how beautiful they were. I began there to believe that what my husband had been telling me all along was true,” she says.
VonHesse’s husband is in the military, and he takes most of the photos of his wife himself. She says he supports her decision and is proud to have such a beautiful wife.
“My husband knows how men are,” she says. “Sometimes we make fun of all those weird comments I get on my pics.”
As for what’s next, VonHeese aspires to one day open a sanctuary for abandoned horses. As she writes on her Patreon page: “It is my dream to set up a horse rescue, first and foremost. This was little more than a crazy idea that would never happen a year ago, but with y’alls support it is going to become a reality.”
As VonHesse is a mom of two, we also had to ask how she’d feel if her children followed her into this line of work. “I think that the human body is a beautiful thing, and there is nothing to be ashamed of,” she says. “I want them to love their bodies, and if they wanna profit from sharing images, then I would be fine with that.”