An Australian model claims to have raised an estimated $1 million in donations for Australian bushfire relief by selling nude photographs.
Kaylen Ward, 20, announced on Friday she would be sending nudes to anyone who donated at least $10 to organizations actively engaged in fighting the damage caused by raging bushfires in the country.
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.
Please RT #AustraliaOnFire #AustraliaFires pic.twitter.com/VIgzCUy6Wf
— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@lilearthangelk) January 4, 2020
Since September, the bushfires in Australia have killed at least 25 people. Almost 2,000 homes have been destroyed, and millions of animals have died. The fires have so far scorched some 16 million acres of land and are expected to keep burning for months.
But her charitable initiative has come at a cost.
Ward revealed in a tweet on Sunday that her family had disowned her, a potential love interest had stopped speaking to her and her Instagram account had been deactivated.
A spokesperson for Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, told Buzzfeed News that Ward’s account had been “disabled for violating our policies. Offering nude images is not allowed on Instagram.”
Ward has sent 10,000 nudes and hired a small team to respond to requests for photos, according to Buzzfeed News.
She is not receiving a share of the donations, since the proceeds are going directly to charities.
On Tuesday, she shot back at critics who accused her of shameless self-promotion and said her activism had taken an emotional toll.
“I raised $1mil for Australia at the sake of my naked body being exposed on the internet to millions and millions of people. That’s a scary feeling to be that vulnerable and exposed to the world. But I did it because I wanted to do something good,” Ward tweeted.
I raised $1mil for Australia at the sake of my naked body being exposed on the internet to millions and millions of people. That’s a scary feeling to be that vulnerable and exposed to the world. But I did it because I wanted to do something good.
— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@lilearthangelk) January 7, 2020
I saw first hand how horrid the #AustraliaFires are. People & animals are dying & losing their homes. Please help spread awareness & donate.
Email me proof of donation & I’ll send you personal photos &/or videos.https://t.co/h7E1GCkV0k
Email: email@example.com pic.twitter.com/eiXR5eCZH7
— Riley Reid (@rileyreidx3) January 6, 2020
A “climate change” issue?
Police have charged at least 24 people for allegedly intentionally setting some of the bushfires that have raged across Australia in recent months.
News of the busts comes as many on the left, including teen activist Greta Thunberg and celebrities at the Golden Globe Awards, have sought to make the devastating blazes a cause célèbre in the fight against climate change.
The New South Wales Police Force said Tuesday they have taken legal action against more than 180 people, including 40 juveniles, for 205 bushfire-related offenses since November 2019. In addition to the 24 charges of arson, 53 people have been accused of failing to comply with a total fire ban and 47 with discarding lit cigarettes or matches.
In recent days, prominent liberals had shown little patience for nuances like the distinction between weather and climate. Many took the bushfires in Australia as an opportunity to renew their jeremiads against climate change.
Thunberg on Saturday blamed Australians for hurting their country and the planet with “political inaction” on climate change. In a Facebook post days after her 17th birthday, she scolded the nation-in-crisis for the increased carbon emissions caused by the fires and for the resulting smoke, which she said was making glaciers in New Zealand “melt faster.”
“That has to change,” Thunberg said. “And it has to change now.”
She ended her post: “My thoughts are with the people of Australia and those affected by these devastating fires.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat who coauthored the Green New Deal legislation, claimed in a tweet Thursday that her alarmist rhetoric and radical policy proposals had been vindicated by the fires.
On Sunday, at the Golden Globes, a number of celebrities also invoked the fires in Australia to demand the public join them in fighting climate change.
Actress Jennifer Aniston, in presenting the award for best actor in a limited TV series of TV movie, said Russel Crowe could not accept the trophy for his role on Showtime’s “The Loudest Voice” because he was home in Australia “protecting his family from the devastating bushfires.” She then read a statement on Crowe’s behalf.
“Make no mistake, the tragedy unfolding in Australia is climate change-based,” Aniston read. “We need to act based on science, move our global workforce to renewable energy, and respect our planet for the unique and amazing place it is. That way we all have a future.”