Life Lessons with Megan Barton Hanson—An Interview with LELO

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There’s more to reality TV star Megan Barton Hanson than meets the eye! We reached out to her to discuss what she’s learned through sex work, where her journey is taking her next, and how living in the intense public eye offers her a platform to discuss taboo topics that won’t go unsilenced. We also threw in some fun Qs—read on!

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Q: What are you most proud of in your professional and personal life?

I’ve recently started a podcast called You Come First, and it’s doing so well – it’s even reached #2 in the UK Podcast charts. I’m so proud to be talking about subjects many see as taboo and it’s still so popular.

Q: Use three adjectives to describe you.

Sincere, passionate and (a little) wild.

Q: What is your typical day at work?

COFFEE, wake up, and then I work out, email, and finish work at 6/7. I love to cook and listen to music.  I’m loving Untamed by Glennon Doyle – it is a self-help book combined with a lesbian love story! Perfect…

Q: You’ve been open about joining the Only Fans community. What does this platform offer that others don’t?

OnlyFans allows you to control everything from the content you put out, how much you charge, and what level of nudity your shots are. It’s great – it really puts the power back into the hands of sex workers.

Q: What life lessons have you learned from stripping? What are your life lessons from stripping?

It transformed me as an individual. I had to grow up quickly – you’re surrounded by drunk people, half-naked. Firstly, you’ve always got to be careful and have your wits about you. Confidence is the most important thing. I used to be so timid and only wanted money. But I found that I had more than just money when I started stripping. I felt that for someone like me, so painedly shy, if a person could strip down and climb into a bar and ask for work, it would be possible to do anything. Since that risk, I’ve always pushed myself—I believe it’s the only way you grow as a person.

Q: Were there any times in your career that you felt like you “messed up”? How did you bounce back if so?

Yeah. After exiting Love Island After a very public breakup, I was invited to another dating show. In hind-sight, I just wasn’t ready. It wasn’t fair on me or the people I dated on the show. I was emotionally unwell and not in a good place. I think time is a healer and I don’t look back. I haven’t watched that show back as it’s not a true reflection of me when I’m happy, so I just learned from it and moved on.

Q: Is it possible to separate your work and your personal life? Do you think so?

I guess coming from a reality TV background it’s hard because a lot of the shows I do and interviews I do are all about my home life and the real me (I’m too honest for my own good sometimes), but I would say my Instagram feed and Only Fans account are a more ‘boujee’, sassy version of me or me on my best days. Instagram stories are where Megan is revealed.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job, and how do you define success?

For me it’s the talks I do or when I have someone come up to me in the street and say “I love it when you speak on…” or I get a direct message saying “thank you for speaking on…, it’s given me confidence to…” For me, that’s so fulfilling. I learned to not define success on how much you earn a long time ago—it’s what makes you feel complete and content at night. I feel like I’ve found my passion, to speak openly and honestly and to use my platform to educate and liberate women.

Q: Have you had any “holy shit, I’ve made it” moments?

Post Malone was at Reading Festival and I almost had a heart attack when I saw him. I went to the BAFTAs and the London Fashion Awards in 2019 too, they were real “pinch me” moments!

Q: What’s the best advice someone has ever given you?

My mum is my best friend, I’m so lucky to have such a strong bond with her. She’s always taught me to be kind, but brutally honest. To not hide how you feel and sugar coat things but just say it in a nice way… Too many people are afraid to be kind in fear of looking weak. I think it’s super attractive.

Q: Are you able to offer any advice for young females regarding their sexuality? 

Don’t rush to label yourself! I find labels are more for other people’s benefit. Don’t overthink your sexuality, everyone’s journey is different. If you feel like you can’t come out to your family or friends just yet, make sure you find yourself an LGBTQ+ community on social media or in person.

Q: Have you got any tips to help a partner discuss sexual needs?

Don’t be shy! Confidence and communication are the most attractive things. Flirty texting can be a great way to express your feelings if you are shy or awkward. If you’re feeling a little braver when you’re both relaxed and chilled, initiate the conversation and suggest things you would like to try. Then ask your partner—maybe they have things on their bucket list you never would have thought of.

Q: Which song is the first you think of when you describe your sex life in a song?

Single ladies – Beyoncé. Covid has done me a disservice! Thank God for LELO toys, that’s all I can say.

Q: If you could have dinner with 3 famous people, who would it be?

Post Malone, Amber Rose, and Margot Robbie

Q: Do you have any random passions people probably don’t know about?

I love being outdoors. I’m a bit of a tomboy at times. Although this year has been quite strange, I have discovered my love of being outdoors when I went on my first camping vacation with friends. I enjoyed making fires and having deep conversations with my friends.

Q: What was your dream job when you were younger?

I dreamed of being an air hostess. They looked so glamorous that I don’t think they needed red lipstick. Stripping definitely suited me better.

Q: Who would you choose to portray you in a biographical movie if you could hire an actor?

We look nothing alike but I’m obsessed with Natasha Lyonne!

Q: What job do you think you’d be really good at if you weren’t pursuing your current career?

I’m sure I would love to have been on the other side of the camera as a producer or some other type of person. It looks so much fun!

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