The whole world is expressing grief and sadness over the present situation of Australian bushfires which left us all in disbelief. Since September 2019, bushfires in the country have been spreading fast and the severe impact these devastating fires are having on people is unthinkable. Several lives have been lost, homes have been destroyed and millions of animals passed away.
Celebrities, athletes and leaders across the world did their bit by contributing something for the bushfire victims in this crisis. Among the several contributors, Kaylen Ward, a 20-year-old woman came up with a very different idea to contribute to funds for the bushfires including the treatment of victim animals.
Several celebrities stepped forward and did their bit by donating money for the cause but Kaylen Ward managed to raise a whopping sum of over $1 million (Rs 7 crore, approximately) by selling nudes on the Internet. She also posted on Twitter mentioning that she will send a nude selfie of herself to any person who donates $10 (or more) and sends her the confirmation for the same.
“I’m sending nudes to every person who donates at least $10 to anyone 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,” she tweeted.
Following the footsteps of adult model Kaylen Ward, some other models have also started doing philanthropy by selling nudes.
“The Australian bushfires are probably one of the greatest tragedies of our time, but no one is fundraising or pledging to rebuild things like at Notre Dame,” Rolling Stone quoted one model, Aphrodite Aeria as saying. She has managed to raise a little more than $2,000 (Rs 1,42,000, approximately) on Twitter, collecting donations in exchange for nudes.
Kaylen Ward’s account was removed as he violated Instagram policies. Some models are also being aware of it so that the same does not happen with them. Talking to Rolling Stone, Emmy Corinne added that she avoided posting about her campaign on Instagram because “I saw that people got their accounts deleted for mentioning it. Instagram is super strict, [and] even words I post get flagged.”
Her main source of fundraising has been Twitter which has more relaxed guidelines and policies. She managed to raise as many as $30,000 (Rs 21 lakh, approximately) in just a day and a half.
Meanwhile, Kaylen Ward lost 50k followers after her Instagram account got deleted and also faced personal backlash as well. Her relations with her family and boyfriend were affected now. According to a friend of Ward’s the campaign has offered people an opportunity to, “come out about their sex work or selling nudes because this is the biggest, most positive thing you can tie your sex work to.”
“No matter what, the general public has this negative stigma against people who sell nudes and whatnot, and this is the first time in a while that selling nudes has been directly tied to humanitarian aid,” she added.