[UPDATED] Will her Muslim family honor-kill her for posing nude in Playboy?

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

UK DAILY MAIL‘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.

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

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.’  With the shoot I hoped to say to them that we do not necessarily have to live under these rules given to us. 

In what is undeniably a groundbreaking move, Ms Sahin is the first Turkish woman ever to strip for the cover of Playboy. Indeed, in the 12-page article that accompanies the revealing photographs, Ms Sahin says she feels ‘like Che Guevara’, adding that the semi-naked photoshoot was a bid to express her freedom. I have to do everything I want, otherwise I feel like I may as well be dead.’ 

‘My upbringing was conservative,’ she told Playboy. ‘I was always told, you must not go out, you must not make yourself look so attractive, you mustn’t have male friends.

But while her friends and some fans may be impressed, Ms Sahin’s family have expressed their disappointment. And despite her outward conviction, Ms Sahin was devastated her actions should be met with such a harsh response.

In an ill-advised move, Ms Sahin only informed her parents of her Playboy spread via an interview on German television channel RTL, just one day before the nude photographs were to be published. 

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. ‘I hope you can forgive me, she said. ‘Please let me come home.’

(She’d be wise to stay as far away from her family as she possibly can)

Not exactly a surprise, Sila Sahin is receiving threats for her Playboy pictorial.

A Muslim actress has reportedly caused outrage, receiving threats for posing nude in the German edition of Playboy. Sila Sahin, a 25-year-old Turkish German living in Berlin, has been branded a “whore” and a “Western slut” after appearing topless on the cover of Playboy magazine’s May 2011 issue

Islamic internet sites are being monitored by the BND – the German intelligence agency – after threats were posted about her “shaming Muslim womanhood” and “prostituting herself for money”.

One poster on the Jihad Watch website wrote: “She needs to be very careful…” Another simply said: “She must pay.” A kebab shop owner, asked on German TV what he would do if Sila were his daughter, replied: “I would kill her. I really mean that. That doesn’t fit with my culture.”

The Islamic Community of Germany has called for a boycott of Sila. About three million Muslim immigrants live in Germany, which has seen numerous honour killings in recent years by fanatical husbands, fathers and brothers.

One police intelligence officer said of Sila: “I think what she did was either very brave, or very stupid.She will be double-locking her door at night for a long time to come.” UK SUN (H/T GF)

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