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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Model Raised $500,000 For Australian Bushfires By Selling Nudes For $10 Each

 Kaylen Ward

An Instagram star has raised $500,000 by offering nude selfies in return for donations to help the Australian bushfires.

Kaylen Ward, 20, recently announced on Twitter she would send a naked photo of herself to those who could prove they had donated $10 or more to organisations assisting with the catastrophic fires.

The Los Angeles-based influencer and online sex worker, who calls herself the Naked Philanthropist on social media, explained she was motivated to help in any way she could after seeing her social media feeds filled with concerned messages.

“I’m sending nudes to every person who donates at least $10 to any one of these fundraisers for the wildfires in Australia,” Ms Ward tweeted on January 3.

“Every $10 you donate = one nude picture from me to your DM. You must send me confirmation that you donated.”

She said both her private messages on Twitter and Instagram had been bombarded with requests for photos, and she has since had to hire others to help her verify donations and send the promised pics.

The model has estimated since Saturday her campaign to raise funds to assist those in catastrophic conditions has raised more than $500000.

Ms Ward’s unique way of raising money to help those in Australia affected by the devastating blazes has prompted many on Twitter come out in support of her efforts.

One person wrote while they questioned the “motivations and dignity of women who expose themselves online”, they were still inspired to donate – and didn’t want a nude photo in return.

“I often question the motivations and dignity of women who expose themselves online, but honestly, this is the most selfless motivation I have seen for such a thing!” they said.

“I am going to try to donate even without any nudes. Kudos to you!”

Another person, also impressed at how Ms Ward was able to raise so much money so quickly, simply said: “Not all heroes wear clothes.”

 Kaylen Ward

Despite having raised a significant sum, Ms Ward has revealed her Instagram page since has been shut down after her tweet was posted to the photo-sharing site.

Ms Ward, who has 50,000 followers on Instagram, claimed her account had been suspended because she had violated guidelines.

The 20-year-old shared a screenshot to Twitter that revealed her page had been disabled because she broke the rules by posting “sexually aggressive content”.

 Kaylen Ward

As well as having to deal with her Instagram account being deleted, and a wake of fake accounts popping up capitalising on her notoriety, she has copped backlash from family and friends.

Yesterday she shared a tweet saying both her family had “disowned her” and her boyfriend wasn’t “talking to her”.

Regardless, she said she stood by her decision to help.

“My IG got deactivated, my family disowned me, and the guy I like won’t talk to me all because of that tweet. But f**k it, save the koalas,” she wrote.

 Kaylen Ward

Ms Ward told Buzzfeed she had also experienced bushfires first-hand after she and her family were forced to evacuate when the Carr fires struck in California last year.

The devastating fires in the region burned more than 80,000 hectares and left eight people dead, including three firefighters.

The massive fire forced the family to evacuate from the area by boat. It was later revealed their home was lost to the horrific blaze.

[ By News Com Au ]

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