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Instagram Shuts Down Account Of Model Who Raised $700K For Australia With Nudes

Ryan Ford 6 Jan 2020

It's a very human thing to want to help out when you see others suffering, and usually, the greater the suffering, the more profound the response.

However, nobody really saw Kaylen Ward's response — or her followers' for that matter —coming even considering the scale of the disaster unfolding Down Under.

Australia is going through a nightmarish time right now.

Across the nation, almost 15 million acres of land has been consumed in fire, CNN reported. To put that in perspective, the fires that so greatly affected California in 2018 burned a mere 1 million acres. It's an area larger than Belgium and Haiti combined.

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Wildlife has been wiped out in unimaginable swaths, with an estimated half-billion animals believed dead so far.

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In addition, thousands of homes and buildings have been burned down or damaged.

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Right now, Australia needs a lot of help.

It's hellish, and it's believed that the worst may be yet to come, as the country's summer is only just beginning. Temperatures hit over 40 degrees C (113-120 degrees F) during a heatwave in December, and January and February are the traditional peaks for temperatures there.

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But help is on the way, with firefighters from the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand flying in to shore up forces on the ground, and financial support pledged from the government.

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And then, there's been the grassroots fundraising, of which one creative campaign got a young woman's Instagram account shut down.

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Kaylen Ward, 20, has earned herself a new nickname: "The Naked Philanthropist."

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Like many of us, Ward was following along with the news coming out of Australia and, having been impacted personally by the fires in California last year, felt compelled to try to help out somehow.

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Then she had an idea: use her NSFW social media presence, where she already sells nudes, to open up some wallets for charity.

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And so, Ward tweeted out her simple plan. She was not even remotely prepared for the response.

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The thing about social media is that posts can take off when you least expect them to.

And faster, too. "I was expecting to raise maybe $1,000 but the tweet blew up," Ward told BuzzFeed News. Soon, her tweet had been retweeted more than 40,000 times and her inbox was overflowing.

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In fact, it was more than Ward could handle on her own.

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She had to bring in four people to help her sort through and verify the thousands of donations her tweet brought in.

The latest estimate puts the money her tweet raised at over $700,000.

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Unfortunately, no good deed goes unpunished.

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When the admins at Instagram heard what Ward had been doing on Twitter, they apparently feared it would spread to their platform and deactivated her 50,000-follower account, saying she had violated their guidelines with "sexually suggestive content."

Ward denies breaking the rules but so far, she hasn't heard any response from Instagram.

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And apparently more than just an Instagram account was at stake.

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Ward tweeted that her "IG got deactivated, my family disowned me, and the guy I like won't talk to me all because of that tweet. But f--- it, save the koalas."

She's also had to police the dozens of fake accounts popping up in her name, trying to siphon off the cash she's raising for charity.

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However, she's trying her best to persevere all the same.

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At the time of writing, her initial tweet was up to more than 71,000 retweets, 166,000 likes, and 3,500 comments. She says she's committed to doing her best to verify and reply to all the donations she possibly can.

If you'd like to donate to help Australia's relief efforts, there are many good, credible agencies, including the NSW RSPCA and the NSW Rural Fire Service. Donate to the RSPCA right here or to the NSW RFS right here.

h/t: BuzzFeed News

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