An Instagram influencer with over a half-million followers has responded to criticism of her latest photograph shoot, which photos her mendacity bare atop an endangered Sumatran elephant in Bali.
Alesya Kafelnikova, 22, initially shared a video from the shoot to Instagram on Feb. 13, in response to The Solar. A couple of days later, she uploaded one other photograph of herself with the elephant, together with a caption studying, “to like nature is human nature.”
Alesya Kafelnikova apologized to anybody who seen her actions “as vulgarity”
However among the many many followers who preferred Kafelnikova’s photograph, a lot of critics took concern with the influencer staging her shoot with a critically endangered animal that was possible transported to Bali for tourism functions — together with an advocacy group campaigning to save lots of Asian elephants.
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“Yet one more tragic trivialization of the majestic Asian elephant when the species is combating for its very existence towards brutal abuse in tourism and human ‘leisure,’” wrote Save the Asian Elephants (STAE) in an announcement shared with The Solar. On Twitter, the group additional decried Kagelnikova’s shoot as a “crude stunt to take advantage of and humiliate Asian elephants for industrial acquire.”
Bali’s Tourism Company additionally chimed in, telling The Solar that Kafelnikova’s video “certainly doesn’t meet the norms that we’re selling as a part of tourism in Bali.”
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A consultant for the Bali Tourism Board was not instantly obtainable to touch upon the controversy for Fox Information.
Kafelnikova, nonetheless, has since defended her photograph in a later Instagram put up, claiming that she performs charity work and donates cash to help each the elephant and the folks of the village the place it lives. The influencer, additionally the daughter of Grand Slam-winning tennis champ Yevgeny Kafelnikov, added that she by no means meant to offend, and provided her apologies.
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“It’s a pity that individuals see this as vulgarity, and never as a magnificence and love for nature,” she wrote. “I like animals, I like elephants! And I like Bali so a lot! I hope every of you’ll awaken an aesthetic love for my put up and the wonder.
“It was a personal photograph shoot, I didn’t have a function to harm the emotions of native folks in any respect. We love Balinese tradition and respect Indonesian guidelines. Please sorry in the event you see one thing else on this. My intention with these photos was to indicate you that I like and respect animals and particularly elephants greater than something.”
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