Backlash over model's earthquake photoshoot on top of debris

Marni Dixit
·Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·2-min read

A Turkish model has posed on the debris of a recent disaster site to raise awareness for a powerful earthquake that's expected to hit the country in the coming years.

Turkish model Itir Esen, 22, was one of 20 models who posed for the photoshoot, which took place in Istanbul earlier this month.

Turkish model, Itir Esen, was slammed after posing at an earthquake disaster site. Photo: @itiresenn/Newsflash
Turkish model, Itir Esen, was slammed after posing at an earthquake disaster site. Photo: @itiresenn/Newsflash

She was part of the 'social responsibility act' organised by the municipality of Kartal in Istanbul and the non-profit search and rescue organisation AKUT Foundation.

Itir was crowned Miss Turkey in 2017, but was decrowned 24 hours later after an "unacceptable" tweet about an attempted government coup was brought to light. The tweet saw her compare her period to the spilt blood of "martyrs" who died in the coup.

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The model shared video of the photoshoot and was slammed for the strange project.

The video shows Itir taking part in an elaborate photoshoot on top of debris.

The social responsibility project, carrying the slogan "Are you aware of the danger?", was reportedly aiming to raise awareness about a powerful earthquake that is expected to hit the area in the near future.

The model shared video of the photoshoot and was slammed for the strange project. Photo: @itiresenn/Newsflash
The model shared video of the photoshoot and was slammed for the strange project. Photo: @itiresenn/Newsflash

The model deleted the video after it attracted a host of negative comments.

She also explained the rubble wasn't actually that of a collapsed building after an earthquake.

“Our country, unfortunately, is a country that has suffered great losses in earthquakes,” she said.

“For this reason, I would like to state that I took part in this social responsibility campaign in order to accelerate the urban transformation and create awareness, especially for the expected Istanbul earthquake.”

Many people found the idea of raising awareness of a future earthquake odd, and others thought doing a photoshoot at the wreckage site was somewhat inappropriate. Photo: @itiresenn/Newsflash
Many people found the idea of raising awareness of a future earthquake odd, and others thought doing a photoshoot at the wreckage site was somewhat inappropriate. Photo: @itiresenn/Newsflash

Many people found the idea of raising awareness of a future earthquake odd, and others thought doing a photoshoot at the wreckage site was somewhat inappropriate.

Turkey is known to be situated in a highly active seismic zone, and residents experience regular tremors and earthquakes.

Experts have predicted that there is a high chance of a strong 7.0 or above magnitude earthquake hitting Turkey's Marmara region in the next 10 years, which has raised great concern among residents.

With Australscope.

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