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Model Who Exchanged Nudes For Donations To Help Australia’s Bushfire Relief Effort Says She Raised Over $500k In Just Two Days

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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.

Attached to her tweet is a screenshot of the list of Australian charities and organizations followers can send contributions to.

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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.

She raised $500,000 in just two days.

Ward was shocked.

“I was expecting to raise maybe $1,000 but the tweet blew up.”

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.”

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.

Ward has yet to hear from Instagram after reaching out to keep her page active.

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Fake accounts began popping up to exploit her philanthropy.

Despite the wrench thrown into her plans, she stayed the course in the name of charity.

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Her followers continued supporting Ward…

…and suggested she keep contacting the image-sharing site with an appeal.

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.

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.

Just donate.

You can help the cause by making contributions to a wide variety of charities – including helping those displaced through the Australian Red Cross and firefighters through the NSW Rural Fire Service.

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.

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Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1