Rhiannon was working full time as a make-up artist at MAC before setting her sights toward sex work to benefit her mental health. She has since found inspiration and independence from the industry.
Rhiannon started stripping at 17 and has been a full time sex worker for just over a year. She used to be a party girl, but since leaving the scene, she doesn’t ever want to go back to that. Since going full service, Rhiannon has had to find the line between taking care of yourself and having that addiction of making more money, it is something that you have to adjust to.
Rhiannon has found an astounding amount of supportiveness in the sex work community, for instance managers in brothels actually want to know how you are and if you’re okay to come into work that day. There is always someone around to help, and usually the people who don’t have as much to give are always the most giving.
She is heading back to a brothel to work soon as escorting is like having your own personal business. Sex workers are being demonised more than ever, even not being able to travel to different places but the law changes in different states and countries.
Sex work has been a wonder for Rhiannon’s mental health as she has become more aware of her emotions and knowing when to take a break when she is getting run down. Working for herself means that she has the independence to change a situation she is in when it isn’t working out for her.
The competition that she had to deal with when working as a professional make-up artist was a lot harder to deal with as people were tearing each other down and a lot of the time we’re only focused on individual gain. The sex worker community has something for everyone, no matter your shape, size or colour.
Hospitality has helped Rhiannon talk to people and understand how to respond to emotions. No client is ever the same, each have come to her for a completely different reason, meaning that each time she is sharing a different part of herself. 1/3 of clients come to her just to cuddle, and most want a connection. It is like helping a good friend.
It was a wonderful experience to work with Rhiannon in the wonderful rose garden in her backyard, these photos are better late than never. We shot these a year ago, and I am happy that they’re out into the world now, but thank-you all for waiting. Thank-you for being a part of this project and for sharing your story.