Miss Iraq 2015 after Tara Faris killing: ‘We’re being slaughtered like chickens’

Shaima Kassem, Miss Iraq Beauty Queen for 2015. (Screen grab)

A former Miss Iraq beauty queen has published a video clip in which she said she had received “death threats” after the brutal killing of Tara Faris, a social media influencer.

Shaima Kassem, Miss Iraq 2015, appeared in a live story on Instagram crying and saying she had received a message saying “You are next”.

“Are we guilty because of being famous and we appear in the media? We are being slaughtered like chickens,” she said.


Last Thursday, model and blogger Tara Faris was gunned down in her car in central Baghdad.

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Two days earlier, Souad al-Ali, a civil society activist, was also shot dead in Basra.

Kassem said that when she sees the pictures of slain Tara and two others - Rafif and Rasha who own beauty salons - she feels she is threatened and targeted.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:58 - GMT 06:58