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Global warming made me take my clothes off: Female porn-site models sending nude photos to men who donate to Australian fire relief

January 10, 2020

Photo: New York Times (supplied by Kaylen Ward)

Is this a helping-the-koala-bears story–or a helping-me-grow-my-porn-video-business story?

Whatever–but you’ve got to hand it to 20-year-old Kaylen Ward for figuring out how to use the Australian bush fires to do good and potentially do well by publicizing her budding business posing in the nude.

Although Ward lives in Los Angeles, California, not Australia, she “wanted to help,” as the New York Times reports:

On Jan. 3, she told her 30,000 Twitter followers that she would send a naked picture of herself to anyone who donated $10 to charities involved in relief efforts….

In order to receive a nude photo, each donor would need to send Ms. Ward a receipt as verification. The model said that by the end of the first day — once she had added up the totals from the receipts sent to her Instagram inbox — she had encouraged the donation of about $5,000 to charities focused on Australia’s fires. She now claims to have raised more than a million dollars, though she was candid about her inability to verify individual donations…

Within days, she had more than 220,000 followers and Instagram had banned her account. Instagram said in a statement that it did not allow its users to offer nude images.

No matter–Ward’s Twitter account, The Naked Philanthropist, continues her offer of a free nude to everyone who can prove he sent at least $10 to an Australian wildfire charity. (If you click the link on that tweet, you’ll get a sample, which is definitely NSFW).

According to the NYT, Ward makes at least some of her modeling income on OnlyFans, a London-based “pornographic subscription service” that claims to have 8 million users paying some 70,000 “content creators” for videos that Instagram won’t display. According to a February 2019 NYT story, OnlyFans is one of several sites that saved onetime porn stars from personal bankruptcy after amateur exhibitionists on the internet sent the professional porn-movie industry south. One was Danii Harwood, who was one of the first models to sign up with OnlyFans after it got started in 2016:

She introduced themed days like Mistress Mondays and Dare Dannii Tuesdays, when men bid to watch her drive around town in her underwear and order a pizza to her home, whereupon she would answer the door naked. She also chatted with fans daily, learning their habits, their sexual predilections and their insecurities.

“You can get porn for free,” she said. “Guys don’t want to pay for that. They want the opportunity to get to know somebody they’ve seen in a magazine or on social media. I’m like their online girlfriend.”

Meanwhile, according to Slate, Kaylen Ward has inspired an entire new fad among fellow models eager to do something to rescue  those marsupials down in burning Oz:

A California woman who uses the name Leila Lahey on Twitter saw Ward’s posts and, even though she has a fraction of Ward’s followers, decided to post her own offer of nudes in exchange for proof of donations. “I was going a little crazy because I couldn’t donate myself,” she said. “I figured it doesn’t hurt to make the post. Honestly, the way that I look at it, all these guys are already begging for the photos in my messages anyway.”

A woman living in Italy who goes by the name Juicy on Twitter soon coined a hashtag for the movement: #nakedforaustralia. “I’m incredibly proud and incredibly grateful for the fact that so many people joined in,” she said.

Among them was a woman who uses the stage name Valerie in Brooklyn. “I’ve done fundraising before, but not like this,” she said.

“People are definitely taking advantage of the fact that it’s like, ‘I’m donating money. And I get nudes,’ ” said a Michigan woman who asked to be identified as Monique. She added that she is going to school for zookeeping and is particularly passionate about saving Australia’s wildlife….

Before long, some women in the online sex work community with slightly different client bases caught wind of the fundraising. “I had a ton of friends on Facebook sharing a post about the Naked Philanthropist,” said a woman who asked to be identified as Ari. “I was like, ‘Oh wait, I do a watered-down foot version of that.’ ”

“A lot of people who are into feet and acrylic nails, regular nudes don’t do it for them,” she explained. “So I was like, ‘Well, I might as well try and catch the niche market.’ ”

A Midwest woman who goes by the name Amira online lamented that the urgency of the fundraising didn’t allow her to incorporate face and body paint into the photos she was offering. “Man, it would have been really cute to take some koala-themed photos or something,” she said.

Lest you think, however, that koala-loving Kaylen Ward never models with her clothes on, the above photo provided to the New York Times proves otherwise.

While some who look at this photo may be mesmerized by Ward’s extraordinarily large…hair extensions, I’m more fascinated by the background: those feathers draped all over the settee and the floor, that strange crested object in front of the window overlooking the pool (or is all of that just a video screen?)–and those people! Who are they? The guy in the bowtie behind that flocked-velvet piece of furniture that looks like a bar, the gal in the business suit, the other creature of indeterminate sex who could be either a man in his skivvies or a somewhat masculine-looking lady in a minidress and black knee socks. They’re all bathed in pinky-red light. What is actually going on in this picture?

Update: Thanks, Glenn Reynolds!

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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