This was the selfie that caused it…
Miss Iraq Sarah Idan who represented her country this year in the Miss Universe pageant has stated that she received death threats for taking a selfie with Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman with a caption that read “Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel.”
On Monday, she told a leading news channel after she posted the selfie back in November, many people threatened to kill her and her family. Ultimately, the threats forced her family to leave Iraq.
Sarah Idan also revealed that ‘she was ready to leave the competition’ right then.
The picture was taken on November 14 in Las Vegas.
“Out of fear, they left Iraq at least until the situation calms down,” Miss Israel Adar Gandelsman was quoted as saying.
The photo had gone viral in Iraq and the Arab countries – the part of the world where anti-Israel sentiments run high.
Her picture in a bikini was also criticised widely in the conservative country. Idan happens to have a dual citizenship and returned to her Los Angeles home after the pageant concluded.
Sarah Idan was the first Miss Iraq 2017 since 1972 and marked Iraq’s return to the Miss Universe.