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Model Lily Cole apologizes for promoting her book on diversity in a burka admist Afghanistan crisis



- British queer model Lily Cole released a book called "Who Care Wins: Reasons For Optimism in Our Changing World" and decided to don a burka to promote diversity.
- In a now deleted post, she wrote: "Let’s embrace diversity on every level: biodiversity; cultural diversity; diversity of thinking; diversity of voices; diversity of ideas."
- Meanwhile, right at the same time, Taliban forces took control of Kabul forcing Aghan women to wear burkas, abandon education, forbidding them from going outside without a male relative/husband as well as abducting girls as young as 12 to be married off.
- Lily Cole was slammed for her tone-deafness and accused of "white feminism".
- Cole has since apologized on an IG story: "This week I posted an old photo of me wearing a burqa loaned to me by a friend. As she pointed out I was undermining its original purpose by wearing it with my face exposed, but I understand why the image has upset people and want to sincerely apologize for any offence caused. I hadn't read the news at the time I posted so it was incredibly ill-timed (thank you for pointing that to me). My heart breaks reading what is happening in Afghanistan at the moment".

Her post and reactions under the cut:







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sources: 1, 2, 3
Tags: british celebrities, feminism / social issues, lgbtq / rights, models
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