‘I know what it is to be an empowered woman’: Former Bachelor star Leah Costa joins OnlyFans three years after a topless video of her working at a house party went viral
A former Bachelor star who was s**t-shamed for being a topless waitress prior to appearing on the show has joined OnlyFans.
Leah Costa, who turns 28 on Saturday, has revealed that she signed up to the adults-only website to reclaim her body and right to post explicit content with consent.
She detailed being the recipient of torrential abuse in an Instagram post on Thursday after appearing on the dating series in 2017.
Making a statement: Former Bachelor ‘villain’ Leah Costa (pictured), who was s**t-shamed for being a topless waitress prior to appearing on the show in 2017, has joined OnlyFans to reclaim her body and right to post explicit content with consent
‘What followed was an experience which I can only identify as intense widespread s**t-shaming by the show, the media and the general public for working as a topless waitress,’ Leah said captioned her post.
‘Imagery of me was released without my consent in an attempt to tarnish my character… a single video reaching over 320 million people and being shared more than 43,000 times in the process.
‘Do you know how much money I made from that video? Nothing, nada, zero, zip,’ she continued.
‘Instead at the time I was bullied, coerced and pressured to apologise for my actions. Now I stand up and say: F*** you, and thank you.’
The video Leah was referring to was one of her working as a topless entertainer in December 2016.
‘Imagery of me was released without my consent in an attempt to tarnish my character’: The video Leah was referring to was one of her working as a topless entertainer in December 2016 (pictured) before appearing on The Bachelor in 2017
She was spotted wearing only a plaid miniskirt and a smile while vigorously whipping a mystery man’s bare bottom.
‘That experience made me grow as a person, and understand the true meaning of consent and what it is to be an empowered woman who can make choices about her body and her image,’ Leah continued in her caption.
‘Life is already so hard, and it is far too short too live by someone else’s idea of what is right or wrong.
Flashback: Leah appeared on Matty J’s season of The Bachelor back in 2017
‘Never let anyone else’s opinion define what you should and shouldn’t be doing.
‘That’s why I’ve decided to launch an OnlyFans/Privaposts account.’
Leah revealed earlier this month she was encouraged to join the subscription service after asking her Instagram followers: ‘[I’m] now officially unemployed. What to do?’
She created a tongue-in-cheek poll, which revealed 65 per cent of her followers wanted her to join OnlyFans.
Suggestions: Leah created a tongue-in-cheek poll which revealed 65 per cent of her followers wanted her to join OnlyFans
‘It’s ethical, consensual and content shared on my OWN terms,’ she explained in her post on Thursday.
‘This is a woman on top, a woman in charge and a woman who won’t allow anyone to dictate or her choices or forced to feel ashamed of her body.’
Other reality TV series stars to join OnlyFans include former Love Island’s Edyn ‘Mac’ Mackney, Bachelor in Paradise’s Janey Birks and Married At First Sight’s Hayley Vernon.
Adult entertainer: Married At First Sight’s Hayley Vernon (pictured) joined the website in August and now produces homemade pornography