Here's Why This Controversial Picture Of A Kiwi Model Posing Nude On Mt Taranaki Is Going Viral
This kiwi model is making headlines across the globe, after a photo of her posing with her kit off on Mt Taranaki has gone viral.
Jaylene Cook is currently travelling the country with her photographer boyfriend Josh Shaw, but their latest snap is causing a bit of controversy.
Maori academic, Dennis Ngawhare says the photo - which now has over 15K likes - is culturally insensitive and disrespectful.
Mt Taranaki is sacred for Maori and some locals aren't impressed.
"It's like someone went into St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican and took a nude photo," Ngawhare told the BBC.
The model has defended her decision, explaining she did her research and actually spoke to Taranaki residents before climbing to the summit.
"[The photo's] not crude or explicit in any way. We made ourselves knowledgeable on the history of the mountain," she told Stuff.
"We were quite respectful. Being nude is not something that is offensive in any way. It's natural and pure and it's about freedom and empowerment."
"There was nowhere that we read or were told that it was a bad thing to do, and we believe that it still wasn't. We see nudity as art and pure and natural," Jaylene told Newstalk ZB.
"I respect everyone's views and opinions and I'm sorry that people felt we were being disrespectful - that was never our intention," she added.
But not everyone thinks the snap is disrespectful...
"We've had overwhelming support from local Maori and people from everywhere saying they're not offended at all - they love the photo and it's encouraged them to embrace their bodies as well."
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