An American social media influencer banned from Instagram for sending naked photos of herself in exchange for bushfire donations has joined TikTok to continue her exposure.
Kaylen Ward, 20, has sparked worldwide attention this week with her eyebrow-raising efforts to raise funds for Australia bushfire victims, which have soared to more than $700,000 in recent days.
But the viral posts offering nude selfies to anyone who proved they had made a minimum $10 donation towards the nationwide disaster have seen Ms Ward’s Instagram and Twitter accounts deactivated.
It has prompted the Los Angeles based social media influencer to set up an account on video-sharing social networking platform TikTok called The Naked Philanthropist.
Kaylen Ward had her Instagram accounts deactivated following her offer to send naked photos of herself in exchange for bushfire donations, which has raised more than $700,000
‘I’m that girl who made a tweet telling everyone if they donated money to the Australian bushfire charities then I would send them an explicit photo in their DMs,’ Ms Ward explained in her first TikTok video.
‘I didn’t expect my tweet to boil up but I have raised more than $700,000 and gone viral in Twitter and every news media station, including the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, TMZ and the New York Times.’
‘Now Instagram has deactivated all my accounts and there’s fake accounts of me that have up to 20,000 followers.’
‘I don’t know what to do but if you want to follow me here, this is my official TikTok.’
She has posted several more TikTok videos of herself dancing and hamming up for the camera.
LA-based social media influencer Kaylen Ward has set up a TikTok account called The Naked Philanthropist to continue her fundraising efforts
Instagram model Kaylen Ward was sending nude photos to people who donate to fires
Earlier this week, Ms Ward said she wanted to help after seeing the widespread devastation caused by bushfires Down Under and thought her X-rated images would be the best way to raise funds.
Within minutes of posting her offer on social media, her private messages on Instagram and Twitter were bombarded by hundreds of people sending in their receipts to prove they had donated.
But when the post went viral Ms Ward’s Instagram was deactivated, and she was forced to start a new account while she worked on reinstating her original account.
She later said both accounts had been deactivated with Instagram claiming she had violated its guidelines.
Ms Ward, 20, claims her generosity has seen her Instagram account deactivated
Kaylen Ward offered to send a nude photo of herself to any person who donated at least $10 to an organisation assisting with battling the devastating blazes
‘My IG got deactivated, my family disowned me, and the guy I like won’t talk to all because of that tweet but f*** it, save the koalas,’ she said.
Ms Ward told BuzzFeed that her inbox was so full she hired a team of four to help sort through and verify which donations were legitimate and send out the explicit photos promised.
‘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,’ Ms Ward said.
To receive a ‘personalised’ nude image, people had to provide proof of a donation of more than $10 being pledged to an Australian charity.
She listed official organisations her followers could donate to which would help the fire efforts
Ms Ward said she was moved to contributing to the fire cause after she saw harrowing photographs online
She asked her followers to donate directly to a list of charities she suggested, which included NSW Rural Fire Service, Victorian Country Fire Service, Red Cross and certain koala hospitals across the nation.
Ms Ward hoped her post would attract ‘a few thousand dollars’.
Within the first day, she had about 20,000 messages in her inbox with receipts.
Ms Ward said now some of her other friends in the industry have followed suit, and together they’re all continuing to raise money for the cause.
‘When I first started I was nervous, super anxious. But five minutes later, my inbox was flooded and those thoughts went out the window,’ she said.
She will now consider doing the same for future natural disasters.
Kaylen urged followers to donate directly to a list of charities, including NSW Rural Fire Service, Victorian Country Fire Service, Red Cross and koala hospitals across the nation