The Instagram model who claims to have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Australian bushfire relief by offering nudes in exchange for donations has had her account deactivated
20-year-old Kaylen Ward is now going by The Naked Philanthropist on social media following the success but it seems Instagram isn’t too taken with her message.
Her account, which boasted 50,000 followers, was taken down for ‘sexually suggestive content’.
Only days ago, the LA-based influencer was browsing coverage of the fires online and began to wonder how she could help.
“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.
That’s when she had an idea. Ward already sells nude photos online, so why not do it for a good cause? On Jan. 3, she tweeted that anyone who sent proof that they’d donated at least $10 to a list of Australian charities would get a nude in their inbox.
The tweet took off, garnering over 69,000 retweets, and Ward’s inbox was soon flooded.
“I was expecting to raise maybe $1,000 but the tweet blew up,” she said.
She has since hired a team of four people to help her sort through the thousands and thousands of DMs she’s received. They’ve been working around the clock to verify donation confirmations to their best ability before shipping off nudes.
Ward said that by midday Sunday, they estimate more than $500,000 has been raised thanks to her alternative activism.
The cause is a personal one for Ward, who was affected by the Carr and Camp fires in northern California in 2018. “I got to see first hand how fires like that can affect people and how devastating they are,” she said. “To put [the California fires] up to scale with what’s happening in Australia right now, it’s not even comparable.”