Shhhh! This woman is sharing her quiet secret to success.
Lottie Fellows, a 20-year-old student from the UK, has raked in more than $58,000 by making sexy videos of herself whispering.
The clips, which are said to trigger Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR), have grown in popularity over the last few years, due to some fans saying the videos and audio provide a soothing, tingling sensation.
Fellows, a student of accounting and finance at the University of Bath in England, has more than 170,000 subscribers on YouTube who regularly watch her videos, which she started uploading in 2018.
“My mum had heard about [ASMR] on the radio and suggested it to me after I’d been struggling with mental health and sleep,” Fellows told JAM Press. “I remember looking it up on YouTube and initially thinking it was the weirdest and funniest thing. After watching it for a few minutes, I then realized that it was a massively relaxing feeling that I had always experienced but didn’t know exactly what it was. I have been hooked ever since.”
Fellows said that watching the videos “made my head tingle, and I would always feel sleepy.”
Because she found her own clips cringeworthy, “knowing others were enjoying [them] was a surprise.”
Fellows starts out her videos by whispering greetings such as “Hello, my darlings” and will role-play characters like big sisters, stylists and medical practitioners.
Although many people find them sexy, Fellows said she sees her clips as a way of helping others.
“I can understand why slow whispering or the words ‘role play’ can be misinterpreted as being sexual, and there are some female creators who show a bit of cleavage to get more views,” said Fellows. “It frustrates me because, without giving it a chance, people can easily dismiss ASMR as weird and sexual when actually it seriously helps so many people.”
The video genre has attracted debate over the years, with many disputing claims that it’s a sexual fetish — China has attempted to clamp down on the videos for that reason. However, a 2015 study found that the vast majority of ASMR fans are in it for the relaxation. Only 5% said it was sexual.
With her influx of cash, the young woman hopes to save for her future. “Obviously, the money is also a bonus as it means I don’t have to have a mainstream job. I have bought myself a car, and am saving money for a house deposit,” she said.