Plenty of celebrities have already contributed to an online campaign and shared photos of themselves holding “#BringBackOurGirls” signs, in support of the safe return of the 276 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by a group of Islamist militants called Boko Haram.
Irina Shayk, best known for appearing in the Sports Illustrated annual swimsuit issue, took a slightly different approach to the campaign, and her efforts haven’t been as appreciated as she perhaps anticipated, reports Gossip Cop. On May 11, the 28-year-old Russian model posted a topless photo of herself to Instagram with only the sign reading, “#BringBackOurGirls” covering her chest.
Rather than commending Shayk for joining a worthy cause, the photo was met with a number of harsh comments from others in the Instagram community, who slammed her decision to pose nude as “tasteless” and “ignorant” given the subject matter of the campaign.
“Pretty, but the toplessness is distracting from the cause. It’s not about you,” one commenter wrote, while another chimed in, “Callous, self-centred [sic] and of very poor taste.”
Two days after posting the photo, Shayk appeared to have brushed off the negative comments and posted a message seemingly aimed at her critics: