Miss Iraq, Sarah Idan, and her family are facing death threats and have fled their country over a photo the Miss Universe contestant posted on social media last month, Fox News reports.
Idan posed for a photo with Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, at a Miss Universe Beauty Pageant last month to promote peace and love between the two countries, but the people of Iraq did not appreciate the sentiment.
The fact that the two nations are hostile towards one another and the two women were wearing bikinis in the photo served as an unwelcome combination, leading to the threats against Idan and her family, according to the Times of Israel.
“The two of those things together caused a mess for her back home where people made threats against her and her family that if she didn’t return home and take down the photos, they would remove her (Miss Iraq) title, that they would kill her,” Adar Gandelsman told Israeli TV.
“Out of fear, they left Iraq at least until the situation calms down,” Miss Israel contestant added.