For many people, constantly on the hunt for a striking image to post on Facebook or Instagram, reaching the top of a mountain overlooking the clouds might provide the perfect shot. And if you're a Playboy model, with nearly , followers, why not quickly drop your kit and step right into that shot - butt naked. However local Maori say the move was culturally utterly insensitive. The picture of Ms Cook, herself from New Zealand, was taken when she climbed the mountain a few days ago with her partner. Posted on her popular Instagram account, the picture of her gazing into the distance from the 2,m peak has clocked up nearly 10, likes.
Playboy model's nude shoot on sacred New Zealand volcano angers Maori community
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Insisting that the photo was "natural and pure", she said she and Mr Shaw had researched the mountain's significance beforehand and took care to avoid the summit. The top of the volcano is sacred for the Maori. The photo, posted on Ms Cook's Instagram account which has almost , followers, shows her gazing into the distance, wearing nothing but her shoes, gloves and a snow cap. Visitors who climb the mountain are urged to pay respect and avoid the rock at the top of the mountain. It is considered the burial ground of the tribe's ancestors and the mountain itself is also seen as an ancestor. Four Western tourists were arrested in June for taking nude photos on a popular climbing peak at Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu, an act which the local community blamed for causing a deadly earthquake that killed 18 people on June 5 that year. Join ST's Telegram channel here and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.
Model who posed naked on sacred Maori mountain says Maoris are not indigenous to New Zealand
Jaylene Cook , a year-old glamour model from New Zealand, received fierce criticism for sharing a photo of herself wearing nothing but gloves, trainers and a hat at the apex of Mount Taranaki after hiking up the mountain. Mount Taranaki, an active volcano on the west coast of the North Island, has long been considered sacred in Maori culture. As such, Maori academics accused Ms Cook of cultural insensitivity and disrespect for sharing the photo on Instagram.
Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first. Jaylene Cook, 25, reached the summit of Mount Taranaki late last week and decided to strip and pose for a photo atop the volcano. According to New Zealand news website Stuff. Do not stand directly on the summit stone, and do not litter or camp on the summit.