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Model Who Raised $1 Million For Bushfires By Sending Nudes Can’t Keep Up With Donations

by : Emily Brown on : 07 Jan 2020 09:57
Model Who Raised $1 Million For Bushfires By Sending Nudes Can't Keep Up With DonationsModel Who Raised $1 Million For Bushfires By Sending Nudes Can't Keep Up With Donationslilearthangelk/Twitter

A model who raised $1 million for Australia’s bushfire crisis by sending nudes has had to call off the offer after becoming overwhelmed with requests. 

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American influencer Kaylen Ward began the generous scheme last week in an effort to encourage donations to firefighters, charities and residents tackling fires that are currently devastating the country.

The model, who has sold photos for money in the past, only sent naked pictures after receiving evidence from customers proving they’d donated at least $10.

Woman who raised $1 million for Australia's bushfire crisis by sending nudes has to stop after being overwhelmed by requestsWoman who raised $1 million for Australia's bushfire crisis by sending nudes has to stop after being overwhelmed by requestslilearthangelk/Twitter

Ward was inundated with requests for nudes, and earlier today, January 7, she announced her offer had raised approximately $1 million.

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Taking to Twitter, she wrote:

Would you believe me if I told you we raised an estimated $1million.

Though sending nudes proved a brilliant way to raise money, Ward ended up receiving more requests than she could handle, meaning she had to put an end to the scheme.

Shortly after announcing how much she had raised, the influencer wrote:

Just to be clear, I am not sending any more pictures to anyone. It’s not possible. Sorry. Atleast you can feel good for donating! [sic]

Ward initially launched the donation scheme with the hope it would raise ‘a few thousand dollars’, MailOnline reports, so her actual total is truly incredible.

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In spite of her success, however, a number of people criticised the model for sending nude pictures and accused her of only creating the deal to promote herself.

Woman who raised $1 million for Australia's bushfire crisis by sending nudes has to stop after being overwhelmed by requestsWoman who raised $1 million for Australia's bushfire crisis by sending nudes has to stop after being overwhelmed by requestslilearthangelk/Twitter

Some Twitter users claim the model made money off the stunt, but Ward assured her followers she ‘did not make a single dime from the donations’.

She defended herself online, writing:

For everyone saying I only did this to promote my only fans… y’all are insane. I raised over a million dollars, offered my product (my nude photos) for FREE and spent money and time sending that free product to thousands upon thousands upon thousands of people.

Ward went on to say she created the offer because she ‘wanted to do something good’, even though it meant ‘being exposed on the internet to millions and millions of people’.

In another tweet, she pointed out the donation scheme ‘isn’t even really about’ her.

Though Ward has been met with negative comments, she has also received a wealth of support from social media users who have praised the model for doing her part to help during the crisis.

Bushfires in Australia have destroyed more than 6.3 million hectares of land and thousands of homes, while also claiming the lives of numerous people and millions of animals.

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After helping to raise $1 million for the crisis, Ward has certainly earned herself a break.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.

Topics: Viral, Australia, Bushfire, Firefighters, Influencer, Instagram, Kaylen Ward, nudes

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  1. Kaylen Ward/Twitter

    lilearthangel

  2. Mail Online

    American Instagram model trades bushfire donations for nude selfies - raising more than $100,000 for Australians in need