The 20-year-old from Los Angeles did not expect to raise so much money.
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A model from Los Angeles has recently raised more than USD700,000 (RM2.8 million) for the Australian bush fires by selling nude photos of herself
On Saturday, 4 January, @lilearthangelk, wrote on Twitter, “I’m sending nudes to every person who donates at least USD10 (RM41.06) to any one of these fundraisers for the wildfires in Australia. Every USD10 (RM41.06) you donate equals to one nude picture from me to your DM. You must send me confirmation that you donated.”
Along with the tweet, she attached a list of organisations and charities that people could donate to as well as a nude photo of her. The tweet has since garnered 64,000 retweets and 144,900 likes.
The 20-year-old, whose real name is Kaylen Ward announced today that donations have hit an estimated USD700,000 (RM2,876,020)
Now dubbed ‘The Naked Philanthropist’, she shared that an estimated USD700,000 (RM287,385) has been raised for the Australian bush fires in response to her tweet.
She tweeted, “Is this real life?”
According to Buzzfeed News, she said that she was only expecting to raise USD1,000 (RM4,105) at first. Now, she has hired four people to be part of her team and help her sort through the thousands and thousands of direct messages she’s received.
All the donations I still haven’t got to yet! We’re already at $10,000 before all of these. How much money do you guys think we have raised? pic.twitter.com/LNvdq3qkxT
— THE NAKED PHILANTHROPIST (@lilearthangelk) January 4, 2020
They have been working around the clock to verify donation confirmations before replying with the promised nude.
Although there was speculation that she had been pocketing some of the money, the 20-year-old quickly cleared that up
She tweeted, “For everyone saying I pocketed some of the money, there’s absolutely no way I could’ve done that, nor would I.”
“Every person who has donated has sent it directly to the organisation or charity of their choice and sent me a confirmation that they did so.”
Her actions brought about mixed reactions from netizens. However, there were several impressed by her efforts and a few Australians even thanked her.
One person tweeted, “How do I nominate you for woman of the year?”
“The fact that she raised USD16,000 is probably the most impressed I’ve been in a while. My hero,” wrote another netizen.
Meanwhile, one Australian replied to her tweet saying, “Thank you for your incredible kindness and generousity. As an Aussie living amongst affected areas, I appreciate you helping our wildlife, who are silent victims in all this.”
“Here’s a photo I snapped of a wild brumby in Kosciusko National Park last week as a little thank you.”
The bush fires have been raging since September, killing a total of 24 people and destroying over 2,000 homes:
In November, a woman rushed to rescue an injured koala from the fires:
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