Kriti Sanon’s latest shoot as the cover girl for Cosmopolitan India’s August issue has been earning her a lot of brickbats.  Although the Bareilly ki Barfi actress posed for the magazine’s cover in the choicest outfit, the backdrop had a stuffed giraffe just hanging in the air along with other props. The backlash has fans criticising animal torture. If you haven’t seen the picture already, here’s how it looked.

“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

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The image, which was shot in London’s Aynhoe Park for Cosmopolitan’s August issue, shows Sanon posing in front of a stuffed giraffe, which is suspended in mid-air. In the picture, the ‘Raabta’ star can be seen in a black high-neck top paired with silver glossy trousers and black stilettos, striking a pose with the giraffe.

While users lashed out against Kriti Sanon, she opened up to the Quint by saying that she’s an animal lover herself, and there’s nothing to be outraged about as the giraffe is fake. “It was a normal photoshoot in a palace kind of hotel in London; the decor was in the wildlife zone. It’s all fake. I am an animal lover.”

Check out the tweets below on users feeling offended by the Kriti Sanon giraffe picture!

Demanding an apology from Kriti, anotherr user said, “You should take this post down. And delete that picture! And like apologize to every f*****g giraffe. Actually the entire animal kingdom. You want to make a point of subjugation with more subjugation. Ridiculous!”

“Guys it doesn’t matter if it’s fake or real. The entire picture is just wrong. If a women dummy was hanging with a male model posing..will that be justified? No,” read another comment.

Seems like Kriti wouldn’t want to be a part of something like this again!  Only time will save Kriti from the backlash. Until then, let us know what you feel about the entire episode.

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