Naked Model Raises $500,000 for Australian Bush Fire Fund by selling Nude Pictures of Herself

Kaylen Ward: Instagram deactivated her account, claiming she’d violated its guidelines about sexual content.

A social media influencer is fighting the Australia bushfires — with nudes.

Kaylen Ward — also known as “The Naked Philanthropist” — said Sunday that she’d raised an estimated $500,000 in just two days by offering naked photos in exchange for donations to wildfire relief funds.

The 20-year-old Los Angeles model on Jan. 3 tweeted that anyone who sent her proof that they’d chipped in to a list of Australian charities would get a body-baring pic in their inbox.

“I was expecting to raise maybe $1,000 but the tweet blew up,”  She’s hired four staffers to help her sift through the thousands of direct messages, verify donations and respond with a steamy photo.

Ward, who already sells naked images of herself online, figured she might as well do the same for the cause after seeing recent coverage of the devastating blazes.

“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 the outlet. Last summer, her family had to flee one of the fires that tore through California.

“I got to see first-hand how many people were affected,” she said.

Ward was running the campaign on Twitter, and word also spread to her 50,000 Instagram followers. But on Saturday, Ward says, Instagram deactivated her account, claiming she’d violated its guidelines about sexual content.

The social media platform said Ward had posted “sexually suggestive content,” according to a screenshot she tweeted. She denies she broke any rules. Still, Ward vowed to keep the effort going.

“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 tweeted Sunday.

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Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla.


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