22-year-old Iraqi Influencer and fashion model Tara Fares was fatally shot in Baghdad.
Tara Fares was a beloved influencer, model and former beauty queen with over 3+ million followers on Instagram. She was often praised for speaking up about women’s rights even though her country has pretty conservative views regarding women. Many fans believe that Tara’s death is directly related to her activism and outspokenness.
Tara’s death screams discrimination, lack of freedom and rights. Her death should be set as an example — those responsible accounted for.
Sympathy is not enough.
— 𝐃𝐚𝐫𝐲𝐧𝐚 (@DarynaSarhan) September 27, 2018
Tara was visiting Baghdad on the day of her death.
“Her family told me that she was there to buy a house for them. But unfortunately, they killed her,” Mukdad Abu Athab, head of the mosque where Tara’s funeral was held, shared with the NY Times.
A gunmen shot at Tara in the streets of Kam Sara in broad daylight. She was taken to a local hospital and doctors informed news outlets that she did not survive the shooting. Tara’s parents also announced the sad news on Instagram. The caption for the photo reads “In a treacherous and cowardly incident, Tara Fares Chamoun, is with God. We asked God to accept her with His great mercy.”
Although her death is currently being investigated, authorities have not discovered the identity of her killers. Tara’s death is especially troubling because a similar incident happened to another popular Iraqi women’s rights activist Suad al-ali. Suad was fatally shot the exact way Tara was gunned down in her car in her hometown of Basra and many fear this will start a trend.
Tara will be remembered by those close to her as a funny, kind-hearted and giving person. Fans took to social media to express their anger over the young model’s murder.
Iraqi fashionista and social media starlet Tara Fares gunned down yesterday. Shot six times in her car in Baghdad.https://t.co/X0kTL3NoA0 #Iraq
Seems the latest case of a young Iraqi being murdered just for looking the way she looks pic.twitter.com/WIvPMg26oQ
— Jean-Marc Mojon (@mojobeirut) September 28, 2018
To all those religious iraqis out there that think iraq belongs ONLY to their religion. You want to be religious put a scarf on, pray etc, dont be Happy for the death of a girl like Tara Fares. Iraq is everyone not only for you
— Moezx Al 🇬🇧 🇮🇶 🇸🇾 🇱🇧 (@moezx) September 27, 2018
Tara fares was living her life, she was harmless. Why did they kill her? Asshole. May she Rest In Peace
— H (@shavvxx) September 27, 2018
Tara Fares, a famous Iraqi blogger in Baghdad shot & killed today in Jadriya. RIP Tara
To those that killed her:
Why, because of what she wears you kill someone in God's name? You're a monster & deserve eternity in hell. pic.twitter.com/i8WupNAKZx
— myIraq (@iraq_mawtini) September 27, 2018
the fact that there are people who are happy about tara fares passing away bc shes a "hoe" or didnt dress accordingly to society's standards is mindblowing. whats wrong with u people different breeds i swear
— 𝕿𝖆𝖑𝖆𝖓 (@senpaisgIock) September 27, 2018
The murder of Tara Fares just reminds us how corrupt and disgusting the mentality in the East truly is. I can’t wait till the mentality of “ayb” diminishes from our vocabulary.
— tanya (@xotanz) September 27, 2018
Tara Fares, an Iraqi social media influencer and model was shot dead in Baghdad today. So many famous Iraqi women killed in one month. Al-Fatiha.
— Zahra🥀 (@_zahoooora) September 27, 2018