A social-media influencer and X-rated model giving out nude photographs as an incentive to get people to donate to fight the Australian bushfires says the plan has raised $700,000 in three days.
Kaylen Ward, 20, posted on her Twitter page The Naked Philanthropist on Saturday that those who donated at least $10 to the campaign to fight the fires would get a nude photograph in return.
“I’m sending nudes to every person who donates at least $10 to any one of these fundraisers for the wildfires in Australia,” she said in a tweet.
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
“Every $10 you donate = one nude picture from me to your DM. You must send me confirmation that you donated.”
Ward already makes money from selling her nude photos on the adult marketplace Only Fans.
She tweeted on Sunday that she’d reached $500,000 in donations, and she updated followers on Monday that she hit the $700,000 mark.
An estimated $700K has been raised for the Australian Bush Fires in response to my tweet….
is this real life?
— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@lilearthangelk) January 6, 2020
Insider has not been able to independently verify Ward’s announcements but has reviewed social-media posts on Reddit and Twitter detailing evidence of the photographs and their donations.
“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,” she told BuzzFeed News.
Ward told BuzzFeed she had enlisted a team of four people to help her sort through donations and DMs to verify them. In her initial post, Ward posted a list of links where people could make donations and said people should send a screenshot of their donation to receive a picture.
The bushfires are the worst in the history of Australia, scorching over 9.9 million acres of land and destroying at least 1,400 homes so far. As of Monday morning local time, 136 fires were burning across New South Wales, roughly half of which were contained.
Ward said her family fled the Carr wildfire in California in 2019. “I got to see firsthand how many people were affected,” she said.
While Ward conducted her campaign on Twitter, she said her Instagram account was deactivated Sunday.