After Love Island... influencer deals, tabloids, and high paying sex work.
Contestants come into the game with hopes of finding love, sponsorship deals and social media fame. Yet, for those who don’t make it all the way to being a national treasure after their season, some are offered large sums of money for sex.
It makes complete sense, someone out there wants to sleep with the person they saw on tv and is willing to pay the surcharge associated with it. With only so many BooHoo fashion endorsements available, when contestants re-enter the workforce, some are enticed into sex work.
For every contestant that makes it to national treasure or influencer status, others from their seasons do not find the wealth or status they were dreaming of. After being on such a show, re-entering the general workforce may be a hard transition. For these contestants, the offer from high net worth individuals to sleep with them is appealing to maintain their lifestyle.
While we don’t have figures on the Australian Love Island contestants, UK contestants, Lauren Goodger and Sophie Anderton both stated they were offered large sums in exchange for sex. Sophie accepted the offer and made £50,000 for just 5 sessions, much more than a regular escort would earn.
While men seeking out women on television for sex is not new since 2013-2019 there has been a steady increase in men seeking out these “celebrities.” As we open up to more types of celebrities in the public eye, we must realise that fame is not as lucrative as it seems. Many celebrities have shown the hardships, how lonely it is. As we continue to pump out more and more stars each season, we devalue them. They have one season to make it before the next competitors take their places. As many of the perks of being a celebrity influencer come in the form of freebies rather than cash payments, many influencers may find it hard to maintain their “lifestyle.”
It’s not completely unreasonable to understand why women are considering, and accepting high paying sex work offers, as their influencer career dwindles towards the start of the new season, those that haven’t burned their place in the public eye may seek out new paths to maintain the lifestyle acquired through reality television.
If you know anything about sleeping with reality starts in Australia I’d love to hear from you, anonymously of course.