A model billing herself as “The Naked Philanthropist” offered nude photos in exchange for donations to go towards Australia’s bushfires.
Baring it all in the name of charity is certainly a novel way of raising funds for relief efforts.
Kayla Ward is an online sex worker from Los Angeles. She already sells nude photos of herself.
Ward sympathized with Australia after watching the raging bushfires. She decided she wanted to help.
So she offered a solution with this racy campaign.
I’m sending nudes to every person who donates atleast $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.— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@lilearthangelk) January 4, 2020
Please RT #AustraliaOnFire #AustraliaFires pic.twitter.com/VIgzCUy6Wf
Attached to her tweet is a screenshot of the list of Australian charities and organizations followers can send contributions to.
Ward’s promotion paid off.
Her tweet has received well over 75,000 retweets.
She finally resorted to hiring a team of four people, also sex workers, to sort through thousands of DMs to verify donation transactions.
Do y’all wanna donate money to me to pay my sex worker friends to log into my account and help me answer all these DMs? It’s so much work I have to hire a team. Send donations for that to pay pal [email protected] I love y’all
— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@lilearthangelk) January 4, 2020
She raised $500,000 in just two days.
My beautiful friend has raised over 500,000$ & counting in donations for the fires in Australia 🥺 I’m so proud of you baby! Power of the Pussy ❤️ https://t.co/zMOvqy0Onv
— aℓex ૐ☯ (@AlexEatsZombies) January 6, 2020
Ward was shocked.
“I was expecting to raise maybe $1,000 but the tweet blew up.”
Sex workers are single-handedly saving Australia and I am here for it
— 𝓢𝓷𝓪𝓬𝓴 𝓓𝓪𝓭𝓭𝔂🥵 (@laynebrank) January 5, 2020
How do I nominate you for woman of the year pic.twitter.com/WQwA7TR2vY
— edes✨ ig:@edesmua (@edesmua) January 4, 2020
She really out here harvesting raw horny energy for a good cause. Mad respect.
— Stripe (@StripeStooge) January 4, 2020
The NSFW community will save the world— Dog 犬のカシケ🔞 (@KaoKacique) January 5, 2020
It’s sad that people actually needed this kind of motivation to donate, but you, you are hella brave and smart, you went to their level and made them contribute to such a good cause. You have all my respect pic.twitter.com/Hd01VIFkzL
— Alexis (@springsalexis) January 5, 2020
The 20-year-old commented to Buzzfeed News about the mainstream media coverage of Australia’s unprecedented devastation.
“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.”
Ward can definitely empathize with the plight of those in Australia. Last summer, Ward and her family were forced to evacuate and found themselves in a houseboat during the Carr fire in California that ravaged 200,000 acres.
Their home survived but some of her neighbors’ houses did not fare so well.
“I got to see firsthand how many people were affected.”
Even though she began her campaign on Twitter, Instagram shut down her account—where she has over 500,000 followers—citing guideline violations by posting “sexually suggestive content.”
My Instagram got deleted 😭🥺 pic.twitter.com/nBRQlByYAR— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@lilearthangelk) January 5, 2020
Ward denied violating Instagram’s policies.
However people like Nellie R. on Twitter made it clear they were reporting Ward’s accounts because of their own personal beliefs.
This kind of thing does not belong on public social media. Period. It belongs on subscriber only sites with the appropriate age restrictions. Plenty of donations will still be available the proper way.
— Nellie R (@emtfr) January 5, 2020
Ward has yet to hear from Instagram after reaching out to keep her page active.
Fake accounts began popping up to exploit her philanthropy.
INSTAGRAM DEACTIVED MY SECOND ACCOUNT. I don’t have an Instagram. None of these are real pic.twitter.com/YXDiGQJyAh— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@lilearthangelk) January 5, 2020
Despite the wrench thrown into her plans, she stayed the course in the name of charity.
Her followers continued supporting Ward…
“my family disowned me” MA’AM, THEY DON’T DESERVE U.
— zerma (@edwinkhonowreck) January 5, 2020
…and suggested she keep contacting the image-sharing site with an appeal.
Reach out to @instagram and appeal. You’re doing a lot of good work for Australia, and while it’s outside of the norm they should give you a chance to fix it.
— John’s Laughter (@JohnSlaughter) January 6, 2020
Ask your followers to report it! I’ve heard some success stories
— Audrey Thorne : Saigon + SE Asia per request (@audrey2dreamy) January 5, 2020
Welcome to the club lol. You can appeal it, the link is pinned on @APAGunion. Also, like some other people said, I have your followers report it missing. Plus, now that you’re being interviewed for news mags, you can ask them to verify you due to public media sources.
— Graysin Aurora 😈 (@GraysinAurora) January 5, 2020
Back over on Twitter, Ward and her team remain dedicated to responding to her DMs.
She has managed to raise roughly $700K in donations so far, as of Monday.
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
It’s unclear if the totals are in AU dollars or US dollars, but either way it is impressive.
There are still over 100 fires burning across New South Wales and the smoke pollution with an air quality index that is 23 times higher than hazardous levels is becoming an additional concern.
If nude photos aren’t your thing, don’t ask for one.
You can donate to the GoFundMe dedicated to displaced First Nations/Indigenous Australian Communities that need to rebuild.
Donate to WIRES, a wildlife rescue nonprofit that is rescuing and caring for thousands of sick, injured and orphaned native animals or to the RSPCA New South Wales, which is helping evacuate, rescue and treat pets and wildlife in threatened areas.