May 4, 2017

Playboy model Jaylene Cook posed naked on top of Mount Taranaki and Instagram sensation

25-year-old model caused outrage when she stripped off for a photo on top of a sacred site in New Zealand

MODEL Jaylene Cook isn’t shy about sharing photographs of her body, showing off her glamorous life of travel and modelling to thousands of social media followers.

But she’s made headlines around the world after appearing naked at a sacred site. Here’s what we know about her…

Who is Jaylene Cook? What’s her background?

Jaylene Cook is a glamour model who was born in New Zealand but currently lives on the Gold Coast in Australia.

The 25-year-old has been a Playboy Playmate, becoming the Miss January Playmate for Mexico earlier this year.

Her modelling work includes shoots with a number of men’s magazines, with the young woman making the cover of Universe 137 Magazines in April as well as featuring in FHM and Peeled Magazine.

She has most recently been travelling around New Zealand, sharing photographs at the Bay of Islands and Waikato.

Cook is currently travelling with boyfriend and photographer Josh Shaw.

How many followers does Jaylene Cook have?

Jaylene shares photographs of her travels on Instagram, calling herself a “plane hopper” and “adventure chaser”.

Photographs of the model scantily-clad in a variety of have attracted more than 298,000 followers on Instagram – for little more than 300 photos.

Her Facebook page has also attracted more than 25,000 likes.

Speaking to Magzter, Cook said that she loved social media, saying: “If used correctly, social media can be used as a massive tool.”

Why has Jaylene Cook been criticised?

One of the photographs shared on the popular model’s Instagram showed her wearing just a beanie, gloves and trainers and posing on top of Mt Taranaki in New Zealand.

Sharing the image, she wrote: “This climb has forever changed me.

“I proved just how far I could push myself and I am truly proud of my accomplishment. This mountain was steep, rugged, ever changing and just pure brutal! Safe to say, I will never do it again.”

But social media users slammed her for being insensitive about the sacred site, with one writing: “And you couldn’t enjoy getting to the top without taking off your clothes?”

Why is Mt Taranaki sacred?

According to Māori mythology Mt Taranaki was initially located in the centre of the North Island, but lost a mighty battle with another mountain for the heart of pretty Mount Pihanga.

The area is considered the burial ground of the tribe’s ancestor and is itself seen as an ancestor.

They believe climbing to the top of the peak is inappropriate and is only very rarely done for ceremonial purpose.

Tourists are advised not to not stand directly on the summit stone, and do not litter or camp on the summit.

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