A former school teacher who was told to 'cover up' because of her curves has sought ultimate revenge after turning to OnlyFans and cashing in more than $1 million in just 18 months.
Romi Chase, 28, moved from Poland to the US in 2017 after teaching English and growing bored of her life in her native country.
However she was unable to secure teaching opportunities in the US and fell into glamour and boudoir modelling when her work permit was granted in 2019.
It was a confidence boost she'd been craving, as back home her body type wasn't the desired look – with Romi claiming curvy girls are told to hide their figure.
“I couldn’t embrace [my body] back home because the beauty standards there are strict – blonde, blue eyes, long legs and no hips or you’re not very attractive," Ms Chase told Jam Press.
“And being a plus size girl in Poland and embracing your sexuality is like a sin, you’re not supposed to.
“It’s like: ‘you’re fat, so cover up’."
Yet she believes her body type in the US is far more desired and has given her "so much attention".
After years of wearing plain dark clothes, Romi felt “empowered” by her new career and the attention she was getting.
Hundreds of offers prompts OnlyFans decision
She received “hundreds” of offers for photo and video shoots after settling in Florida and in September 2019 she felt ready to take the next step – into OnlyFans, a subscription-based site where users pay for exclusive content.
The model invested in lighting equipment and set about building a brand for herself, where she could be her own boss.
“It's a full-time job and I learned you have to treat it as such in order to become successful," she said.
“On average, I work 12 hours a day and since I’m in control of everything I keep my schedule flexible, so I can adjust to whatever is working that day.
“I am my own boss and that is so gratifying but also challenging because there is nobody to hold me accountable.
“A lot of women think they are attractive or funny and can hop online and men will throw money at them, but it doesn’t work that way at all."
Romi has managed to build up an impressive following of 1.1 million followers on Instagram where she also shares images of herself with fans.
She maintains her curves by working out with a personal trainer twice a week and meal-prepping healthy dishes.
Her commitment and work ethic has certainly paid off as the model has already made nearly US$1 million ($1.3 million) in just 18 months.
Despite her success, fans still often assume she is uneducated and are shocked when she reveals she has a master’s degree.
“I do Q&As on social media sometimes and people ask if I even finished high school – but I have a master’s degree.
“It’s shocking to them."
Model staying grounded despite newfound riches
She says despite her recent influx of cash, she is careful with her finances due to how unpredictable the industry is.
“I have a nice house, nice car and some nice clothes but I don’t blow it all – I save a lot and invest my money," she revealed.
“I have probably spent $50,000 on camera equipment, from lenses and cameras to lighting and gadgets, and created a studio in my home so I don’t have to rent anywhere.
“Sometimes I wake up and think it’s so great that I’m in a nice house in a nice neighbourhood in Miami where everyone wants to be.
“I knew I wanted to be successful when I got into this, but I had no idea what to expect or how fast it would happen.
“It’s crazy to know I’m here, I’m happy and making money."
- Australscope/ Jam Press
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