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FKA twigs comes out in support of sex workers, launches campaign for COVID-19 relief

Avant-garde pop artist FKA twigs has spoken out about her lived experience in a gentleman’s club in an Instagram post supporting sex workers.

In partnership with SWARMLysistrata, and East London Strippers Collective, the singer has launched a GoFundMe to raise money for sex workers who are facing financial difficulties caused by COVID-19, as well as acknowledging the cultural legacy of pole dancing.

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British alternative pop artist FKA twigs has come out in support of sex workers with the launch of a pandemic GoFundMe campaign.

Known to showcase her pole work throughout her music, FKA twigs has opened up about her past and how sex work has influenced her art:

“i was 19 when i learnt my first pole move, i learnt a back hook spin from a stripper when i was working as a hostess in a gentleman’s club,” the singer wrote.

“for those of you who don’t know, hostessing is when one person pays another person for their time, anything from a conversation over dinner to sex work, and the club gets a cut of the fee. my lived experience as a very young woman in these environments has not only informed the strong and formidable woman that i am today, but also a lot of my work as a music and visual artist – sometimes even subconsciously.”

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i was 19 when i learnt my first pole move, i learnt a back hook spin from a stripper when i was working as a hostess in a gentleman’s club. for those of you who don’t know, hostessing is when one person pays another person for their time, anything from a conversation over dinner to sex work, and the club gets a cut of the fee. my lived experience as a very young woman in these environments has not only informed the strong and formidable woman that i am today, but also a lot of my work as a music and visual artist – sometimes even subconsciously. i feel like now is the time for me to step forward, pay respect, and shine a light on the challenges facing sex workers, especially during these uncertain times. sex workers I know and have met have discipline, craft, talent and work ethic – not only do they deserve better long-term, but their income has been wiped out by the lockdown and many are invisible to the financial aid available to others. there’s a bigger journey in challenging public attitudes, tackling stigma, and fighting for rights and protections – but today I’m inviting you to join me in helping with cash donations to SWARM, Lysistrata and ELSC. these organisations are providing direct financial support to strippers and sex workers, we’ve kicked off the the fund with £10,000 and you can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/f/sexworkermutualaidfunds this week, SWARM @swarmhive Lysistrata @lysistratamccf and ELSC @ethicalstripper will also be taking over my social media channels.

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Her post was met with support from fans:


Although there were some who were not so approving, calling out the singer’s history of appropriating a dance form that has been culturally linked to marginalised sex workers. One user described: “it is not that hard. Let’s hold people pretending to be sex workers as accountable as we hold rappers pretending to be gangsters.”

Whatever your opinion, FKA twigs has launched a GoFundMe that will support struggling sex workers who have faced a loss of income amidst the pandemic. Kicking funds off with her own donation of £10,000, twigs has also announced that she will be allowing the aforementioned organisations to take over her social media channels this week.

In other news, yesterday the singer was featured in a new music video with rapper 645AR, where she can be seen playing the role of a cam model. Check it out below.