Cultural Icon & Gay Advocate Sophie Anderson Has Died

RIP to a true icon.

Sophie Anderson, who rose to fame as one half of the Cock Destroyers duo along with Rebecca Moore, has passed away at the age of 36.

Anderson may have been known first for her overly done lips and boobs and pornographic content, but she and Moore became global icons for their ridiculous personalities and fierce advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community, those with HIV/AIDS, and sex workers.

Anderson and Moore went on to host their own reality show Slag Wars: The Next Destroyer in 2020. The show was set in the English countryside and featured queer models, sex workers and content creators performing a series of challenges to win the title of the next LGBTQIA+ icon.

Slag Wars season 1 promo poster (L-R: Sophie Anderson, Rebecca Moore)

Moore shared a heartfelt tribute on Instagram that highlighted Anderson’s glowing and infectious personality. “We shared some amazing times together and that’s how I’m going to remember her,” Moore said. “The bubbly, funny, kind-hearted soul who was outrageous on the outside but also so gentle behind closed doors. We were very close, and we shared a crazy time together that was totally unique to us. That’s how I will remember her.”


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Christine Neubeiser, Income Generation at the UK’s leading sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust, remembers Sophie for her fundraising efforts and attempts to destigmatize HIV. “All of us at Terrence Higgins Trust were so sad to hear about the death of Sophie Anderson,” she told GAY TIMES. “Sophie and Rebecca have been such staunch allies by shouting about all the progress we’ve made around HIV to their many, many followers in order to make a real difference in tackling HIV stigma.”

Anderson’s close friend Christina-Jae Angel remembers Anderson for the fact that she didn’t just love, she “was love.”

“You weren’t just a friend to Soph, you were family. And though her life could be chaotic, dramatic and insanity, she laughed hard and smiled wide through it. Regardless of what she was going through, she would put you first and want to fix your problems, and for that moment in doing so, she shone brighter than she knew she could,” Angel shared.

“As a BIPOC trans woman and sex worker that has been struggling to get the gender-affirming healthcare I need, she held my hand through it, saw me as nothing else other than her ‘beautiful girlie’ and cried tears of joy when my GP finally referred me to the GIC, promising to be by my side at the first appointment – ‘even if it is in seven years babes, I’ll be there!’ – she wanted nothing but for everybody to feel loved.”


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