A nude model has raised thousands for Australia bushfire relief by sending her fans nude images in exchange for donations.
Kaylen Ward, who is now referring to herself as the Naked Philanthropist on social media, is a Los Angeles influencer and online sex worker who recently saw coverage of the bushfires in Australia and decided to take action in the only way she knew how… by sending nudes.
The 20-year-old told BuzzFeed News: “I was seeing all the posts on Twitter about the Australian fires and I was really concerned there wasn’t a lot of media coverage and not a lot of people donating.”
Realising she already knew a great way to make money, Kaylen had an idea. She already sold nude photos online, so it made sense to do it but donate the money to charity.
On January 3, Kaylen tweeted to her dedicated followers that she wanted proof they’d donated at least $10 to a list of Australian charities helping the cause, and they would receive a nude photo in their DMs.
I’m sending nudes to every person who donates atleast $10 to any one of these fundraisers for the wildfires in Australia. Every $10 you donate = one nude picture from me to your DM. You must send me confirmation that you donated.
Please RT #AustraliaOnFire #AustraliaFires pic.twitter.com/VIgzCUy6Wf
— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@lilearthangelk) January 4, 2020
The tweet went viral, accumulating over 70,000 retweets and Kaylen soon had an inbox full of messages.
She said: “I was expecting to raise maybe $1,000 but the tweet blew up”.
To help her sort through the thousands and thousands of DMs she’s received, Kaylen has now hired a team of four people to be working around the clock verifying donation confirmations as fast as they can, reassuring them they will soon receive the nude they asked for.
Kaylen said by midday Saturday that there was an estimated $500,000 which had been raised through her unusual campaign method.
To Kaylen’s pleasant surprise, the reaction has been extremely positive.
A woman @lilearthangelk raised $100k in a day for charity by sending nudes to people who had proof of donating to the Aussie wildfires and all I gotta say is not all heroes wear clothes.
— WitchyTwitchy Ⓥ (@witchytwitchytv) January 5, 2020
However, Instagram has had other plans. Although the campaign has been run through Twitter, word has spread to Instagram where Ward had over 50,000 followers and her account was shut down due to her violating their strict guidelines.
Kaylen posted the screenshot, which showed that Instagram said she had posted “sexually suggestive content”, but the model denies she broke this rule. She has tried to reach out to Instagram but has yet to hear an answerback.
Currently, fake accounts are trying to capitalise on Kaylen’s idea by popping up.
My IG got deactivated, my family disowned me, and the guy I like won’t talk to me all because of that tweet. But fuck it, save the koalas.
— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@lilearthangelk) January 5, 2020
Kaylen has stated she is deeply concerned for what is happening in Australia and how it has impacted on the environment, and that to her, it’s an issue that has hit close to home. She revealed that last summer, her family had to flee the Carr fire in California, which burned more than 200,000 acres and left eight people dead.
For several days, her family lived in a houseboat and didn’t have any idea if their home had survived or not. Thankfully, it didn’t get destroyed but many other families homes did.
“I got to see firsthand how many people were affected,” she said.
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