In today’s day and age, it’s easy to spread information on social media. But one Instagram model is using her influence to the next level.
Kaylen Ward is selling nude photos of herself for $10 to raise money for the bushfire crisis in Australia. Within a day, she raised $100,000AU from the time she announced her pledge. As of January 5th, she singlehandedly raised more than $500,000USD for the cause.
I know, who thought that nude photos could actually do something really great for this world?
The model previously sold her photos for money to keep for herself but changed her tune when she saw the devastation and the lack of coverage in the media. Within minutes after pledging her donation, hundreds of people bombarded her with messages with proof of payment.
Yes, it may sound a little creepy. But the story gets better!
The Texas native who now lives in LA recently said she received more than 20 thousand messages. And she’s been sending her nude photos one at a time – all of them individualized. That’s right, she personalized all of them!
Obviously she is being extremely selective with the charities she prefers her buyers to use. Furthermore, she asked followers to donate to any charity on a list she created. Some include: NSW Rural Fire Service, Victorian Country Fire Service, Red Cross and certain koala hospitals around the country.
And in case you’re wondering, yes, people are distributing them to those who haven’t purchased them.
So far, the bushfires have killed 24 people, ravaged more than 1,500 homes and destroyed more than 3.6 million hectares of land, killing nearly half a billion animals in the process. And despite the fires burning for months, it’s only regained public knowledge within the last week- partially due to stories like this.
Say what you want about this influencers decision to help in an unconventional way, she’s made a huge contribution to a heartbreaking cause and I applaud her for generating a creative way to get people involved.
To donate, please look into any of the charities listed above to help save wildlife, people and precious greenery that helps our planet. We only have one world and we need to be kind to it.