The image, which Cole posted to promote her new book, was blasted by users online for being culturally insensitive.
Many also pointed out the poor timing of the image with the political unrest that is currently happening right now in Afghanistan.
Cole has now apologised for the image she posted explaining that it was “an old photo” of her wearing the burqa that a friend had allowed her to borrow.
Lily Cole & the vacuity of modern hashtag-feminism. Putting Instagram posturing before universal human rights. I bet Afghan women are celebrating the “diversity” of wearing this shroud. pic.twitter.com/5unfIZrqXg
— Janice Turner (@VictoriaPeckham) August 16, 2021
“As she pointed out I was undermining its original purpose by wearing it with my face exposed, but I understand why the image has upset people and want to sincerely apologise for any offence caused,” Cole said in her apology on her Instagram Story.
“I hadn’t read the news at the time I posted so it was incredibly ill-timed. Thank you for pointing that out to me,” she added.
The actress then went on to share a variety of different fundraising links aimed at helping the people of Afghanistan. She also shared an image that read “Make Afghan Refugees Welcome”.
Read Coles full apology on her Instagram.
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