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April 20, 2011

Outrage After Muslim Model Sila Sahin Poses Nude For Playboy Cover

Outrage After Muslim Model Sila Sahin Poses Nude For Playboy Cover

'I wanted to be free': Muslim model upsets family by posing nude for Playboy cover


h/t Weasel Zippers

Sila Sahin, a 25-year-old Turkish German living in Berlin, had until now been regarded as a glowing example of how a modern Muslim girl should behave in a multicultural society.

A successful actress starring in German television soap opera Good Times, Bad Times, she pleased her many fans and made her Turkish family proud.

But her latest move has shocked some of those fans, and enraged those closest to her.

Posing provocatively on the cover of German Playboy magazine with one breast exposed, Sila Sahin seems to be sending a clear and deliberate message to her conservative Turkish family.

‘I did it because I wanted to be free at last,’ she said. ‘These photographs are a liberation from the restrictions of my childhood.’

Her family have, unsurprisingly, reacted with horror, and her mother has cut off all contact with the actress.

‘My mother is still angry. It will be even more difficult with my grandparents, my aunts and my uncles,’ she said on the website devoted to her television soap.

She has, however, managed to talk to her actor father, who expressed concern over the pressure she will inevitably face from those not only within the Turkish community in Germany, but from the wider Muslim community as a whole.

Ms Sahin’s declared intention was to used the controversial Playboy photoshoot as a call to action for other Turkish girls who suffer the effects of their strict backgrounds, where women’s choices are often limited, husbands are chosen for the girls and chastity closely controlled.

Her message to these girls? 'For too long I tried to do everything right,' she says. 'I want these photos to show young Turkish women it's okay for you to live however you choose.'

'Many of my countrymen think it's great that I can be so free. With the shoot I hoped to say to them that we do not necessarily have to live under these rules given to us.

In an impassioned interview, as she displayed the revealing photographs, she pleaded with her mother and father to understand the reasons behind her decision to pose naked.

The emotional actress begged for clemency from her family. 'I hope you can forgive me, she said. 'Please let me come home.'

Wild Thing's comment........

I woud be concerned to see her go home unless she knows for sure her Father would not harm her.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 20, 2011 02:50 AM


Ut Ohhh...She just cooked her own goose. You know there has to be a jihad sworn out against her. With the extra money she should hire body guards.

Posted by: Mark at April 20, 2011 08:35 AM

Too bad all the women of islam don't revolt. Sadly women also make some of islam's most loyal adherents, as in the mothers who are so proud of their sucide bomber sons.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at April 20, 2011 10:39 AM

Mark, good point, yes she will need body guards for sure.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 20, 2011 05:54 PM

Tom, I am glad you brought up about the mothers of sucide bomber sons.
I too wish all the women would revolt I sure would, not without fear but I would not be able to stand it, to read about other cultures and see the one I was a prisoner in was sick and wrong on all counts.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 20, 2011 05:59 PM