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Playboy Model Jaylene Cook Receives Backlash For Nude Selfie

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Jaylene Cook is a playboy model from New Zealand. She boasts roughly 409,000 followers on Instagram. She was given the title of “playmate” and featured in Mexico’s Playboy edition in January. Cook often treats her followers with topless or nude selfies in breathtaking locations around the world. However, the model may have taken her photoshoots a bit too far when visiting Mount Taranaki in New Zealand.

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Selfie Gone Wrong

Selfie Gone Wrong

Jaylene Cook’s nude selfie atop Mount Taranaki sparked outrage. The Maori locals in the areas consider the mountain to be sacred. To them, posing nude at its peak is very disrespectful. Jaylene Cook travels everywhere with her photographer boyfriend, Josh Shaw. The couple insisted that they had done their research and knew about how sacred the mountain was. However, they also said that they didn’t think of their actions as disrespectful. The playboy model lives on the Gold Coast in Australia with her boyfriend but is originally from New Zealand. You would think she’d be a bit more considerate of locals there.

Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki is considered very sacred in New Zealand. The country’s government recently gave it the same legal rights as a human. Eight Maori tribes and the government are given the responsibility of its guardianship. The indigenous people have always had a special relationship with the mountain and view it as an ancestor. Any abuse or attack on the mountain is an attack on the tribe. According to Maori mythology, a great battle broke out between the mountains, and Taranaki fled westward after being wounded. The local tribes hold all the mountains in great esteem and respect. The extensiveness of their mythology suggests that as well. The Maori tribe is very protective of the mountain because it was taken away from them by the New Zealand government in 1865. It was then given back to the tribes by the state in 1978.

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The Maori People

The Maori People

The Maori people are indigenous Polynesian people of mainland New Zealand. They came and settled in New Zealand between 1320 and 1350. However, Maori culture evolved independently from other Polynesian tribes. The first European settlement was established in New Zealand in the early 19th century. That saw many cultural exchanges, and the Maori used this relationship to acquire western knowledge and technology. That shows how naturally curious the tribe is and also how progressive they are. The tribe also have seven seats in the New Zealand parliament and are looking to expand their base. They’re very proud people who deserve representation in how their country is governed.

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