Medical student makes £5k per month selling pictures of her feet
Everyone’s always talking about side hustles, and how we should find something we’re good at to rake in a bit of extra cash.
For 28-year-old Sweet Arches (not her real name) this hidden talent turned out to be having lovely feet, which she sell pictures of online – making large amounts of money from her adoring fans. The self-confessed foot fetishist, who also works in a hospital theatre, makes up to £5,000 a month – £58,000 a year – selling the pictures, but says it’s not a way to make a quick buck.
Although you may be tempted by the zeros on her paycheck, it’s worth noting that Sweet Arches spends between six and 10 hours a day working on her content, and warns that not everyone has the feet for such a line of work.
With an army of 105,000 fans viewing pictures of her perfectly pampered feet on Instagram, she also gets between 50 and 100 messages a day through an OnlyFans account, from people asking her to do everything from kissing or licking her toes to crushing ants between them.
Sweet Arches, who lives in Portland, Oregon, USA, says the $6,000 (£4,860) a month she gets from her fetish pictures is paying for her degree, explaining: ‘Some people like the soles of the feet, some like the toes, some like to see them in different positions.
‘People like to watch me crush things, like raspberries, grapes or cakes with my toes. I’ve actually had someone ask me to squish ants, but that’s a no-no for me. Anything that’s living, I won’t do that!
‘Some fans like ‘self-foot worship,’ where I play with my feet on camera. Others ask me to suck, kiss or lick my toes, or ask for me to send them worn boots or shoes. ‘
One client asked for a pair of my boots. A lot of people with a foot fetish like the stinky smell, but it’s super hard for me to get my feet to stink. The client was still happy though, even though they smelled like my coconut foot mask! ‘I’ve tripled my hospital income as a surgical assistant – which is $2,000 (£1,600) before tax. It’s insane.
‘Having a foot fetish myself, I started doing it for fun a year ago, just to share pictures of my cute feet. I didn’t think I could make a living from it.’ Sweet says she’s always admired feet, complimenting people on theirs or giving friends foot rubs.
However, she was called ‘gross’ for her predilection, so it wasn’t until she found a community of foot fetishists online that she really leaned in. ‘About two years ago, a friend showed me that there was a whole community of others like me online, so I dived right in. I was so happy to find like-minded people,’ said Sweet. ‘I set up my own page on Instagram in May 2019 and started posting pictures and videos every day.
I had no idea what I was doing, but looked at other sites for inspiration, then a few bigger pages gave me a shout out, so my followers went up.’ Six months after that she started an OnlyFans account, which allows her to monetise the pictures and take requests.
As well as fans paying monthly subscriptions and buying individual videos or custom content, Sweet Arches receives tips in the form of gifts and recently enjoyed a day out at a spa. She keeps custom videos to a minimum, so she has time to keep on top of requests and messages.
She also keeps her content strictly PG, as she says she’s rather not veer into more X-rated pictures. She says: ‘I never get fully naked. I do respond to some risqué requests, but I’m cautious. ‘Everybody is super respectful, though. Even if they are asking me for something and I tell them I’m not willing to do it, they are still really polite. ‘But I do get sent, shall we say, pictures of male anatomy. That is a hazard of the job!
Keeping her fans happy means Sweet Arches ensuring that her feet are always in tip-top condition, doing her own pedicures and painting her nails. ‘I think if someone takes care of their feet, the rest of their body will look good. Feet and hands are so overlooked, even though research shows that feet are as sensory as the body’s more intimate areas,’ she says.
Sweet Arches says that the work she does has been hugely beneficial – both financially and for her confidence. She says: ‘I feel in control of my body and I can say yes or no to requests. ‘I’m so passionate about it and have so much respect for the foot fetish community. ‘I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to make an income from this and that I can pay for my studies.
‘My ultimate goal is to be able to help my mum to retire. She is in remission from cancer and has been continuing to work as an auditor and quality line leader through her recovery. She is a power house and I’d love to be able to help her.’