Miss Iraq, received death threats due to selfie!
Posted December 19, 2017, 11:51 am at 11:51
It was when Idan and Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, took the picture during a pre-pageant photo shoot in Las Vegas. This selfie was shared by Sarah Idan. It happened nearly a month back, Sarah Idan was wearing a beautiful hand-beaded Swarovski crystal gown that represented Iraq in the Miss Universe Pageant. It was the first time in 45 years that a contestant from Iraq participated in the pageant.
She was an aspiring singer and songwriter Sarah Idan, a 27-year-old who shared her happiness saying “I was on cloud nine, I had been dreaming of that forever”.
But things changed all of a sudden and to the astonishment of everyone, it was just about a selfie, reports said. Idan and Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, took a picture at the time of pre-pageant photo shoot in Las Vegas. Just six days before the pageant to commence, she woke to threats from Miss Iraq organization, warning her to take down the photo immediately or she’d be stripped of the title. Some people even went to the extent of threatening her life.
Her family was forced to leave the Arab country after the photo of her with an Israeli candidate went viral. She shared how her family received death threats and her ordeal to anxious calls that she made to her mother back home.
The selfie was an expression of our desire to promote peace between two countries. But the response in Idan’s home country was swift and vicious.