22-year-old model and Iraq's most followed online star brutally murdered while driving in Baghdad

22-year-old Tara Fares suffered 'three fatal bullet wounds' as she was driving through the capital's central Camp Sarah district in her Porsche convertible on Thursday


                            22-year-old model and Iraq's most followed online star brutally murdered while driving in Baghdad

A model and Instagram influencer from Iraq was shot dead on Thursday, September 27 when she was at the wheel of her car by unknown gunmen in Baghdad, Iraq. 22-year-old Tara Fares suffered from "three fatal bullet wounds" as she was driving through the capital's central Camp Sarah district in her Porsche convertible.

The sudden death of the social media star has caused a stir on the Internet especially since she had been building up her own personal brand and has almost 3 million followers on the photo-sharing site so far. The killing comes just a day after she was voted one of Iraq's most followed online stars, according to The Independent. 

It was reported that the former beauty queen had been taken to the Sheik Zaid hospital in Baghdad at 5:45 am local time. Fares had lived in Erbil which is the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan and has been reported to very rarely visit Baghdad.


 
 
 
 
 
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👁‍🗨 The memories are hitting me so hard." . . #goodmorning #صباح_السعادة #صباح_الإيجابية #tarafares🕊

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Kurdistan 24 reported that the Iraqi Minister of the Interior confirmed that she had died and has announced that an investigation has been launched. Fares had slowly started making a name for herself on Instagram and had been in the process of building a massive fan-base as well as a personal brand that specialized in fashion and beauty. Her YouTube account had 90,000 subscribers at the time of her death, reported the Daily Mail.

She had also, however, made regular commentaries on living in a country like Iraq where the attitudes of the conservatives towards women and fixed roles for the genders are still quite common.


 
 
 
 
 
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“‏عن كل مره بدت اللامبالاة على وجهي وكأني مانتبهت، أنا انتبهت.”

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After the announcement of her death was made, many of her fans started posting tributes for her on social media with a vast majority of her fans praising her bravery and openness when it came to taking about women's rights in Iraq.

Twitter users took to the platform to write about how Fares, who posts pictures of herself with tattoos, different hair colors, and adventurous clothing, had only been a victim of her own fame and her lifestyle. One user wrote: "I am beyond disappointed and hurt after hearing about another tragic loss in Iraq. Tara Fares, a model and social media influencer, was gunned down in broad daylight in #Baghdad."

Another one wrote: "A young Iraq model was simply enjoying & loving life like other pretty girls. Unfortunately, she got shooted (sic) & killed by few militants. I am truly heartbroken & saddened by such a tragic news." A third user tweeted: "This Thursday it was Tara... Next Thursday, who will it be?" 



 

Ahmad al-Basheer, an Iraqi satirist who currently now lives in exile in Jordan after he faced death threats, also commented on Fares' death saying: "Anyone who finds excuses for those who kill a girl just because she had decided to live like most other girls on the planet is an accomplice to her murder." Fares' death comes shortly after two other women from the beauty industry had been reportedly murdered in Iraq.

Rafeef al-Yaseri, the woman who owned the "Barbie" beauty center, and Rasha al-Hassan, a beauty expert, both died under suspicious circumstances in their own homes in August this year. On September 26, a human rights activist had been shot dead as she was getting into her car in Basra, southern Iraq, where many violent anti-government protests have been occurring over the past few weeks.

 


 
 
 
 
 
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امشي على البحر واگضيها صفنات أحب ضي الگمر وتحبني نجمـة ! 💚 Photographer @naief_albonai

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Suad al-Ali, who was the head of an organization called as-Weed al-Alaiami For Human Rights, had been one of the countless people who supported the protests. In a case similar to Fares', an unidentified person opened fire on the activist and killed her in the process. The gunfire also reportedly wounded her husband.