A sex worker who sells nude photos of herself online has had her Instagram account deleted after raising half a million dollars for the Australian bushfire crisis.
Kaylen Ward, a Los Angeles, California-based influencer and online sex worker, decided to do her bit to help the tragedy that’s claimed the lives of 21 people, destroyed 2,500 homes and wiped out half a billion animals so far.
“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,” the 20-year-old told BuzzFeed News.
Kaylen, who tweets under the handle @lilearthangelk and now calls herself ‘The Naked Philanthropist’ in her bio, came up with a unique way to encourage her 100k Twitter followers to donate their hard-earned cash.
She pledged to send a nude photo of herself to every person who donated USD$10 to various charities that were listed in a screenshot she uploaded, along with a rather racy snap of herself.
“I’m sending nudes to every person who donates at least $10 to any one of these fundraisers for the wildfires in Australia,” she tweeted on Saturday.
“Every $10 you donate = one nude picture from me to your DM. You must send me confirmation that you donated. Please RT #AustraliaOnFire #AustraliaFires,” she wrote.
Lo and behold, the money came rolling in and as of the time of publishing, Kaylen had raised USD$500k and counting.
“I was expecting to raise maybe $1,000 but the tweet blew up,” she told Buzzfeed.
Within 24 hours, however, Kaylen says her Instagram account had been deactivated because she’d ‘violated their guidelines’, even though she says she didn’t post about her fundraiser on the platform.
According to Kaylen’s latest update on Twitter, her account has yet to be reactivated and she feels she’s being ‘targeted’ by the platform.
“I’m being targeted [sic] by Instagram and they’re not giving me my accounts back,” she wrote.
Instagram has since been flooded with fake accounts claiming to be Kaylen, prompting her to ask her Twitter followers to report any imposters.
Adding to the drama, Kaylen says that she’s been ‘disowned’ by her family and shunned by a love interest.
She has, however, been showered in praise online, with many congratulating her for going above and beyond the efforts of Australia’s government and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“Literally doing more for Australia than their own prime minister! That is a crazy sum of money to make so quickly!” wrote one.
“Saving the world, one nude at a time. Just beautiful,” said another.
“Not all heroes wear capes, some wear nothing at all,” one joked.
Yahoo Lifestyle has reached out to Kaylen for comment.
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