This Playboy Model Is In BIG Trouble For A Naked Photo

Her recent photoshoot on a sacred mountain has been heavily criticised by the Maori community.

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Jaylene in a good spot to take a photo... Image Josh Shaw/ Instagram

A Playboy model might have taken things too far with a recent naked photo shoot atop a mountain.

Doesn’t sound like too bad a scenario, but in this particular situation, she chose the wrong peak to pose on. Kiwi Model Jaylene Cook has royally pissed off a Maori community in New Zealand after she posed on Mount Taranaki, which is considered a sacred place to New Zealand’s Indigenous peoples.

Cook’s boyfriend, Josh Shaw, took the image for her Instagram after they hiked for 12 hours to the top of the 2,518 m volcanic mountain.

Commenting on the image, Cook wrote: “This climb has forever changed me. I proved just how far I could push myself and I am truly proud of my accomplishment. This mountain was steep, rugged, ever-changing and just pure brutal! Safe to say, I will never do it again.”

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Jaylene Cook/Instagram

The Maori are branding the picture “disrespectful” and “inappropriate” as the mountain is considered an ancestor or “tupuna” to the local Iwi and Hapu residents. In effect, Cook basically stepped on their grandparent completely starkers.

In response, the model and her boyfriend claim that they did their research before reaching the summit.

“The photo’s not crude or explicit in any way. We made ourselves knowledgeable on the history of the mountain. We were quite respectful. Being nude is not something that is offensive in any way. It’s natural and pure, and it’s about freedom and empowerment,” she told Stuff.co.nz

Mayor of the area Neil Volzke disagrees, saying: “It’s culturally insensitive and not what I would expect someone to do on the summit of Mt Taranaki.”

We can’t believe we’re saying this, but sometimes it’s best to keep your clothes on and forego an opportunity for social media fame. Even loaded has it’s limits…

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Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.