Dana Hamm has been working in the modelling industry for almost 20 years.
Over the last two decades, she’s done a wide variety of shoots from fashion to fitness.
But it wasn’t until the 40-year-old started taking control of her own photos that she found her confidence.
The bombshell, from North Carolina, USA, says taking sexy snaps for OnlyFans has been a great confidence booster.
Now she’s in charge of the content she’s creating, she has less pressure to look “perfect” or “flawless”.
In an interview for Gina Stewart’s series Get Naked With Gina, which has exclusively been shared with Daily Star Online, Dana said she feels a lot more comfortable in her own skin now that she can celebrate her curves.
Dana told Gina Stewart: “So much has changed (during my career)!
“It’s really amazing. I entered into my career as a fitness model and at that time you had to be the real deal.
“Magazines printed raw pictures. There was very little if any retouching.
“Plastic surgery/enhancements were extremely limited.
“Models were expected to be somewhat flawless in real life; tall, thin, well-built according to the Barbie Doll standard.
“There was A LOT of pressure to be ‘perfect’.”
Dana also felt at the mercy of others to secure her jobs.
She added: “Models had to rely on agents to get work, and you had to work hard just to get a decent agent.
“Every step of the process was so challenging.”
But almost 20 years after she started working in the industry, the influencer’s career looks very different.
She says the rise of social media and websites like OnlyFans have been empowering for women.
Dana explained: “Nowadays, women of all shapes and sizes can call themselves Instagram models and have adoring followers – and even make a good living.
“It puts the power back in the hands of the talent. It’s a wonderful & liberating thing for women!
“The fashion industry is no longer able to decide for us what is and isn’t sexy and beautiful (and healthy).
“We now decide for ourselves. Social media gives everyone a voice, and it’s a very powerful one!”
The stunning star set up her OnlyFans account two years ago – and is now in the top percentage of accounts worldwide.
While the work can be challenging, Dana says it’s been “absolutely fantastic”.
She added: “My content is very versatile with a mix of self-made and professional pics and videos.
“I keep my page lit all the time! I update daily. I send out free inbox surprises to every member (pics and vids).
“I offer pay per view content as well as custom videos.”
The model enjoys how the platform brings her closer to her fans than traditional shoots would.
She explained: “I spend a lot of time conversing with my subscribers, which is something extremely rare in the business.
“So many OnlyFans models have turned over their websites to 3rd party companies to handle, which means it’s just a selling platform with no real one-on-one interaction.
“I have kept mine 100% real. I am the only person running my OnlyFans and it will remain that way.
“Yes, sometimes it is overwhelming trying to answer numerous OnlyFans messages daily, but I have created ways to make it possible such as offering VIP memberships for those wanting a lot more of my attention.”
Some may think sharing sexy pictures online is an easy job but Dana says it’s very full on.
She added: “Running a successful website is just like any other legitimate profession.
“There are many tasks to be completed in a day, but luckily I enjoy what I do so much and I love getting to know the men and women that support me.”
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