Who is Kaylen Ward? Instagram model who raised money for Australia fires by sending nude photos
AN Instagram model has been sending nude pictures to her followers in return for donations to help the Australian bushfire crisis.
Kaylen Ward from Los Angeles has so far raised £265,000 after just two days, but who is she?
Who is Kaylen Ward?
Ms Ward kicked off the unconventional fundraiser after scrolling through devastating images of the Australian bushfire crisis on her social media feed and feeling the fires weren’t getting enough international attention.
Posting to her 176,000 Twitter followers, the model shared list of nearly 20 Australian organisations involved in fire recovery and response efforts, including the NSW Rural Fire Service, Victorian Country Fire Service, Red Cross, Rotary and Salvation Army.
Ms Ward wrote: “I’m sending nudes to every person who donates at least $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."
She came up with the idea with the plan to raise a "few thousand dollars" and donated $1,000 herself.
But it seems she wasn't prepared for the demand that came flooding in.
Kaylen admitted that she had to hire staff to help her sift through the DMs because she couldn't do it on her own.
She said: "This sounds ridiculous but I’ve got people I’ve hired to help sort through the DMs. I’m also actually sending the pics I promised, one for each $10. Someone sent me $5,000, so I'm sending 50 pics and videos.”
But the Twitter campaign eventually found a way onto her Instagram, resulting on her being removed from the site due to her posting 'sexually aggressive content'.
She tweeted: "My IG got deactivated, my family disowned me, and the guy I like won't talk to me all because of that tweet. But **** it, save the koalas."
Further fundraising for Australia
Australian comedian Celeste Barber's viral Facebook fundraiser campaign has so far raised over $30,000,000 (£21.2M).
Hollywood A-listers have also gotten involved, as Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban pledged $500,000, as has Australia’s Kylie Minogue and American singer Pink.
To date, 26 people have tragically lost their lives due to the Australia fires raging across the country since September, as firefighters battle to contain the dangerous blazes.
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