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Australia is burning and some women are trying to extinguish the fires with nude photos.
Several women — some porn stars, some models, some in the sex industry — have begun sending nude photographs to those who can prove they’ve donated money to Australian fire relief.
On Friday, Kaylen Ward, a 20-year-old model from Los Angeles who sells sexual pictures and videos online, kicked off the trend. She announced on Twitter she would send a nude photo to every person who donated $10 to her selection of charities. To get proof of the donation, a user had to direct-message her a screenshot of the donation receipt and in return, they’d receive an explicit photo.
Ward inspired other people who work in the online sex industry to also send nudes for donations, including porn star Riley Reid, and adult content creators Lena the Plug and Jenna Lee.
On top of her personal interest in climate change action, Texas-based Lee, 30, took note of the viral potential of nudes for donations, knowing she could help raise a lot of money.
“We’re all real people with good hearts, so I just knew that this was going to blow up,” she told the National Post. “And it being totally in my realm of capabilities, I think it would have been a disservice not to do it.”
The Australian wildfires have devastated the continent since at least November, charring more than 5.9 million hectares across six states . So far, 24 people have died and nearly half a billion animals are estimated to have perished.
Lee said she’s raised $40,000 since her fundraising efforts kicked off Saturday.
By Tuesday morning, Ward said she helped raised more close to $1 million, however the National Post hasn’t been able to independently verify that figure. The Post has reached out to Ward but has not received a response yet.
The onslaught of sex worker philanthropy doesn’t surprise Lee. “I hate to say it, but sex sells. To produce it is free and it’s instant. It’s instant gratification.”
As soon as she opens one of her direct-messages, Lee immediately sends a photo of herself — and it’s the same photo for each person as she doesn’t have enough time or resources to make original content of herself for every donation.
She verifies a receipt by looking for clues, like misspelled words or a bad photoshop job. “Once I determine it’s real, I just drag and drop my photo in and then hit send. I don’t have time to say thank you and blah blah blah. I just need to move on to the next message.”
Lee said she’s getting upwards of 100 messages per hour but, due to Twitter’s policy that only lets users send 1,000 messages a day, she’s capped out at only sending 1,000 nudes per day on the platform.
Ward said on Twitter Sunday that due to her fundraising efforts, her Instagram account was suspended for violating the company’s guidelines. Since then, dozens of fake accounts with thousands of followers have popped up on the image sharing platform, claiming to be the nude model.
Even more, she claimed her family disowned her and that a guy she was interested in stopped talking to her.
“But f–k it, save the koalas,” she tweeted.
Though the sexy philanthropy went viral with Ward, Australian sex workers have been using the same strategy since December to help douse the fires. They use the hashtag #HoesAgainstScoMo, which refers to sex workers against Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who has been criticized for his lack of action against climate crisis and fires .
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