A former teacher who ditched the job to become an OnlyFans model says she has managed to pull her Filipino family out of poverty.
Maeurn Smiles, 21, grew up in a poor neighbourhood in Cebu, a province of the Philippines, with her family barely scraping by and at times and "going hungry".
She says they lived off basic, cheap ingredients such as rice and dried fish.
However, now after just two years after launching her career on racy site OnlyFans, the model has changed her life.
She claims she's been able to pull her entire family – parents and two younger siblings – out of poverty and given them a new life.
Maeurn now travels around South East Asia and spends her time across the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.
The model, who used to do ESL teaching, earning just $1 (72p) per hour, is now raking in the cash.
She makes a five-figure salary each month and hopes to be able buy her family a mansion soon.
Maeurn said: "My family was living in poverty before OnlyFans and now they live very comfortably for a family in the Philippines.
"This is what makes me most proud."
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She continued: "Life growing up was really tough, I only realised just how tough after making some money.
"I remember feeling hungry often and our parents borrowed money and got food from our neighbours regularly.
"Our home was made out of wood like a hut."
At the age of eight, Maeurn says she had to start looking after her two younger siblings.
Her dad worked long hours as a construction driver and her mum would try to earn as much as possible cleaning houses.
She claims: "I acted as their mother growing up, as my mum and dad were always out working."
"I was responsible for everything about them; feeding, cleaning, everything.
"I did this when I was only eight years old.
"I really didn’t know how much responsibility I actually had at a young age until I got older, but looking back it was actually quite a tough childhood. It always gave me a desire to do better."
As Maeurn grew up, she made a bit of extra cash as a teacher.
She said: "I was just unable to support myself, let alone my family."
And so, she decided it was time to try something new.
Having heard about other women successfully earning a fortune on sites like OnlyFans, in 2019, she opened an account of her own.
She calls her new career as a "win-win", as she gets to do what she loves and make enough money to pay for her family's needs.
Maeurn pays for her siblings' schooling, as well as buys them groceries every month and takes care of other bills and expenses.
She said: "It was really a no-brainer.
"My ESL job was very tough, I was working 12-hour days and earning hardly enough to survive.
"Now, I'm safe in my own home, and I can be myself and make my fans and family happy at the same time.
"I want to give them a better life, so I pay for birthdays, pay for schooling for my siblings, and food.
"But I also love taking photos for my fans and they like when I post all my butt pics.
"It's just like everybody wins.
"Otherwise, I don’t know what I would be doing for money. The opportunities are not much for girls in the Philippines."
Mauern has treated herself too, buying some land in her home country, where she is building a three-bedroom house with a pool later this year.
The model said: "My dream is to buy my family land and build a mansion when I’m able to.
"My family still lives in the same village in a concrete house but it’s still not very nice.
"I have just bought a small piece of land and over the next 12 months will build a 3 bedroom simple house.
"Money goes a long way in the Philippines so I can build this for only $20,000 and in the meantime keep saving for a better place in the future."
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