Sarah Jayne Dunn says that she's joined adult-only subscription site OnlyFans to show older women can still be sexy.
The 40-year-old actress is best known for playing Mandy Richardson in Hollyoaks for 25 years but soap bosses recently terminated her contract because she refused to take down her account on the Over-18 platform.
Sarah has since spoken out about her decision to join OnlyFans and says women should be able to wear what they want whatever their age.
Speaking to Daily Star, the TV beauty said: "I'm enjoying what I'm doing and having the freedom to be creative to do the images that I want to do under my rules and decisions.
"It's about empowerment and doing it for older women. You shouldn't be judged on your choices and you should be able to wear what you want."
"I find it really important to represent the older women.
"I seem to have been put into this bracket but 40 is still so young and there's other women out there who are blazing the trail like Kylie, Jlo and Helen Mirren.
"Age is just a number and I think society has led us to believe that you get to a certain age and that's it or you become a mum and that's it and you can't be sexy anymore.
"I just think hang on a minute, why can't be sexy over 40 or when you're a parent or why shouldn't you where that.
"If you work hard and feel confident in yourself why should somebody have the permission to tell you what you can and can't do?"
Mum-of-one Sarah announced she'd joined OnlyFans to share her racy snaps last month but she wishes she joined earlier.
She said: "I'm sad I didn't do it sooner because I think it's a great platform and I'm not the first person to have done it and I certainly won't be the last.
"There's a preconception of what OnlyFans is and actually the site is an over-18 site because there is explicit content available on there.
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"I think thats where society and the industry need to catch up on what the platform is because it's only going to get bigger and more people are going to jump on because it's a way of financing your content and why not?"
Despite leaving Hollyoaks, Sarah insists that acting is her main passion and she wouldn't turn down the chance to appear in a rival soap.
"I love Corrie. I'm a Northern girl and Coronation Street has always been up there as something I'd love to be part of so that would be great.
"I've had other opportunities and doors open since all of this so maybe for now my path is slightly different but I'm happy to see where it takes me for now."
Sarah's OnlyFans account can be found at https://onlyfans.com/sarahjaynedunnofficial
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