Former professional surfer Ellie-Jean Coffey has revealed the support she has received after starting her XXX-rated website.
Ellie-Jean and her sister Holly-Daze Coffey joined a growing trend of athletes and celebrities across the globe opening X-rated websites for money.
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The sisters, who both competed in the World Surf League’s qualifying series between 2012 to 2017, have launched their own websites selling X-rated content to subscribers.
In similar fashion to former V8 Supercars driver Renee Gracie, the Coffey sisters sell their explicit content to followers in exchange for a subscription fee.
Coffey said while the attention has brought its critics, the “overwhelming support” is more important.
She even said the career move has been “liberating”.
“It’s been very much the same as everything else I have ever done in my life; most people love it, and some people hate it,” Coffey told News.com.au.
“There’s not one person I love or care about that’s not been entirely supportive. In fact, it’s been overwhelming the support I’ve received.
“It’s also liberating knowing I’m strong enough to face the adversity and do what I want to do and express myself openly.”
Coffey admitted that every step of the journey to creating the subscription site was carefully thought through.
She said before launching the the XXX-rated website she spoke her family and received their support.
The surfer had created a strong following of more than one million followers on Instagram before launching the site.
Coffey said the lucrative business has “changed her life” and hopes it “empowers” other women to not worry about criticism.
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Between the four of them, the sisters have a social media following of over three million.
But that doesn’t mean they’re not serious about their surfing careers.
“We wear sexy bikinis and we surf good and that’s just what we do,” Holly told Yahoo Lifestyle last year.
Ellie added: “For such a long time in the surfing industry it’s been so male dominated where women were expected to talk like a guy, act like a guy surf like a guy.
“We can have pink surfboards and surf the same.”
According to Holly: “Why can’t we post sexy photos in bikinis and be taken seriously, why does that take away from anything?”
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