New Delhi: Actress Kriti Sanon drew a lot of flak from many social media users for posing with a dead giraffe suspended in the air. "No animals were harmed before, during, or after this shoot," read an excerpt from her photoshoot for Cosmopolitan India.
The picture posted on the magazine's Instagram handle was clicked at a museum in England's Aynhoe Park. The post states that the animals have been preserved by taxidermy at the park.
Taxidermy is the art of preserving an animal that died of natural causes, for academic purposes. However, the picture hasn't gone down too well with the users, who have called it distasteful for its animal-offensive content.
“I’m not someone who gets angry easily, but when I read about atrocities against women, it really upsets me.” Meet our cover girl @kritisanon being her candid self in our August issue.✨ PS: Aynhoe Park features taxidermy, hundreds of years old, most from museums. Taxidermy is the art of preserving an animal that died of natural causes, for academic purposes. The giraffe featured here is floating (not hanging, heavens no!) with balloons on its back. An art installation, in what is possibly one of the eclectic yet most majestic mansions in the world. PPS: Cosmo loves, no, is obsessed with animals. We were, possibly, the first magazine in India to ban the featuring of fur, three years ago. No animals were harmed before, during, or after this shoot. We may be guilty of watching too many puppy videos during work hours, though. Photograph: @andrewwoffinden; styling: @zunailimalik; hair: @aasifahmedofficial; makeup: @adrianjacobsofficial using @facescanada; location courtesy: @aynhoepark; production: @viennafilms Kriti is wearing - high neck top, @hm; pants, @431_88; stilettos, Red Label Collection, @bata.india; necklace: @swarovski #KritiSanon #OnlyInCosmo #CosmoIndia
"I don't know if or if not any animals were harmed but it surely sends a wrong message. What exactly is the need to hang a giraffe in a picture portraying Kriti Sanon thoughts on woman empowerment?" and "seems to me like animal abuse" are some of the comments posted.
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