Miss Iraq visits Israel after selfie controversy

Navya Beri
Last Updated: Jun 13 2018 19:55

6 months ago, a simple selfie between two Miss Universe contestants sparked a backlash that pushed one to flee her home country, her family in tow.

Sarah Idan was representing Iraq at the 2017 pageant in Las Vegas when she snapped a picture with Miss Israel, Adar Gandelsman, and posted it online.

In the caption, she wrote "Peace and Love from Miss Iraq and Miss Israel".

But some people in Iraq were offended sent her death threats.

"When I posted the picture I didn't think for a second there would be blowback," she told CNN at the time. "I woke up to calls from my family and the Miss Iraq Organization going insane. The death threats I got online were so scary."