- "No animals were harmed during this shoot," read an excerpt
- "What exactly is the need to hang a giraffe," a user commented
- Netizens have asked the magazine to take down the 'ridiculous' picture
"No animals were harmed before, during, or after this shoot," read an excerpt from actress Kriti Sanon's photoshoot for Cosmopolitan India. She was savaged online for the magazine cover, in which she has struck a pose with a giraffe suspended in the air. The picture, as posted on the magazine's Instagram profile, has been taken at a museum in England's Aynhoe Park. The post also states that the animals have been preserved by taxidermy at the park. Taxidermy is the art of preserving an animal's body by mounting with the help of a stand for the purpose of display or study. However, it appears that the picture hasn't gone down too well on the Internet and netizens have called it distasteful for its animal-offensive content.
"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.
Take a look.
"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
Instagram users have also asked the magazine to take down the 'ridiculous' picture and demanded an apology from Kriti and 'the entire animal kingdom.'
In March this year, Sonam Kapoor also shot for a magazine's special edition at Aynhoe Park. She gave a similar pose in front of the giraffe.
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