Tara Fares, former Miss Baghdad

Iraqi fashionistas fear for their lives after four high-profile Iraqi women were killed in the past four weeks. The two most recents deaths occurred when men fired automatic weapons into cars.

Tara Fares, a former 2014 Miss Baghdad, was shot as she sat at the wheel of her white Porsche convertible in an alley in Baghdad, Iraq on Thursday.

Fares, an Instagram model who had 2.7 million followers on Instagram.com, used the platform to speak out against domestic violence in the traditionally conservative country.

She wrote about her violent ex-husband and a fiancé who died after being attacked in Istanbul.

After receiving threats online, Fares moved to the less restrictive Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Dubai, where she posted high fashion photo shoots on her social media accounts.

Fares, 22, eventually moved back to Baghdad, where she was killed on Thursday.

Her assassination was the latest in a string of murders and deaths under mysterious circumstances.

Prior to Fares's death, two women who owned popular beauty centers in Iraq were found dead in their homes under mysterious circumstances.

Rafif al-Yassiri, whose nickname was Barbie, was founder of the Barbie Beauty Center, where Iraqi women booked beauty services and plastic surgeries.

A week later, Rasha al-Hassan, owner of Viola Beauty Center, also died. Authorities are still investigating the cause of their deaths.

The first confirmed murder occurred 2 days before Fares was killed, when activist and businesswoman Soad al-Ali was shot to death in her vehicle.

Now other outspoken Iraqi women fear for their lives.

Safaa Nasser, a fashion stylist speaking under an assumed name, told France24 she has already altered her behavior as a result of the murders.

"There are people who don't want Iraqi to develop, or for women to be visible. They want to take us backwards," she said.

"The last few days, my daughters and I go out less and I satay away from the fashion world," she added.

Nasser said her fashionista friends all believe they are next.

"The women I know are saying that their time will come to be targeted," she said.

A pattern links the deaths of Fares, Yassiri and Hassan: they all died on Thursdays.

"Every time, this repeats itself," said 29-year-old Hawa Walid, of Baghdad.

"Now, every Thursday, the stress rises."

  • Faithz

    This is so very sad, on all accounts. These senseless Killing goes on all over the World
    the devil is busy.

  • Faithz

    This is so very sad, on all accounts. These senseless Killing goes on all over the World
    the devil is busy.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Wimmen are kilt in the United States everyday as well

  • Alextra Ballard

    Wimmen are kilt in the United States everyday as well

  • Trace da Ace

    damn...that is so crazy...RIP to all of them....damn shame....

  • iWasteTime

    They are killing these women as a way to keep the others "in line". This is crazy

  • RespectSelf

    wow, that is crazy and very scary. It really makes be appreciate the life we have in America. smh smh smh

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    That's abuse of power .... smh ugh

  • Faithz

    Excuse me but I think I stated that These senseless Killings goes
    on all around the World!

  • dru and neil

    The women are “going out less and staying away from the fashion world.” Mission accomplished for these murderous, oppressive bastards.

  • Mind Yo Business

    Its women in this country dying over stupid shit all the time. Let's focus on our own problems

  • KcoolMuziq
  • TransMichelle
  • TransMichelle

    So it's men's fault they get turned on by women with their azz and tits out walking around with see through clothes? The country is not the wild west where women can tell men what to do and kiss their azz.

  • TransMichelle


  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    She left Iraq because of death threats... and then later she moved back? Not a smart move, sorry to say. She probably should have just stayed in Dubai. RIP

  • Tailor Koko Milk

    Live like Tara die like Tara simple

  • Alextra Ballard

    Yes you did, and I agreed with yew.does that mean I can't make my own comment?

  • SpiceGirl

    The way they treat women there.....smh

  • Quitedeliteful

    So sad that women cannot even congregate in a safe space to give or receive beauty services without losing their lives. This young woman rebelled and lost her life because of it. The hate for women in these countries is centuries old. The family dog is more respected.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    She moved away - God.
    Then she moved back - satan. Sometimes, you do not go back.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I watched a documentary where a young Arab was married to an American Becky. He said that the only thing a woman could do for him was cook, clean and have his kids. That's it. American Becky must have been white-girl drunk because she said she was totally happy living in such a controlled, restrictive environment..

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Damn! The misogyny is real. RIP to this young woman, smh.



  • Alextra Ballard

    There's alot of shidt going on in the United States ....but like you I'd still ratha be here than elsewhere

  • Alextra Ballard

    Go back?!?!?! Chiile I wouldn't eben look byke

  • http://www.4flavorsofmecreolemami.com/?m=1 ?4FlavorsOfMe ?????CreoleMami?

    Wow smh

  • MookieFly

    This country got hella problems but thankfully its not run like other countries. Can you imagine America as a total Christian nation? My ass would be in Canada

  • Renee26

    Come on to Merica y'all

  • Cannelle

    Maybe she missed her family and where she grew up. I know, it sounds silly, but when people are driven away from what they are used to, they crave to get it back. So awful...!!

  • Cannelle

    This is horrible!

    It reminds me of the scientist whose car was riddled with bullets because the men didn't like women driving...and she survived! She is on her way to winning a Nobel Prize.

  • Cannelle

    Even with everything that is going on within US borders, it is good for Americans to put things in to perspective, time to time.

  • Miss Thang

    I can't deal with these plastic faces.



  • Mrs. S. O.

    Her visa probably expired.

  • Bashi22

    Her death is not in vein to be honest these Middle East women they love Blackmen. I see them where I live with them. Blackmen wife them quickly too.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    No, it does not sound silly. That is true. But, her family should have come to her.

  • TransMichelle

    True but they have a better chance of survival in the west to express this female whorishness then right in the middle of it in Iraq. Most of the time when they get them in the west they brought them over to the west and don't want them taking up western ways. When they come on their own it's different. I remember reading a story about a girl who came to the west from Pakistan or one of those places. She was very westernized and was in love with a westernized Paki. To make a long story short her family wasn't in the west but when she went back home they killed her. This woman was on her own.

  • Pamela

    And your point is...?

  • Boom Baataa ??

    Censorship Sux

  • Patricia

    i havent seen that yet

  • Patricia

    no, it would be the only way. they already have stiff prison sentencing and stoning f. it makes perfect sense there would also be assassinations. theres either free will or forced compliance. theres nothing in between. this is how it even works at home raising kids. mine dont listen until they see a belt.

  • Patricia

    perhaps dubai was too expensive idk

  • Patricia

    they think they are doing their god a service ridding the society of such women. they see nothing wrong at all killing "infidels".

  • Patricia

    they likely have a hit list and are making the rounds for women who wont cover up completely. they are so hypocritical though with all their drug trades, sex slavery, and pedophilia going on freely for the men...

  • Eileen


  • Eileen

    why of course and what will happen to these women? They shall see the light: stds, abandonement and probably the same sh_t they left odar in de mitte east. am i being cynical?

  • dontgetblocked

    How about moving the hell someplace else? You know you can't do that stuff in Iraq. Leave if you want to live. I can't believe people choose to stay in Iraq. These are all women who appear to have money. They better call Two Men and a Truck before Thursday.

  • dontgetblocked

    Becky is finding out why we say..You can have the black bastard! The average black man is not a prize. Ask Kim K and her man child.

  • dontgetblocked

    He must have had oil money.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Maybe. He was young and handsome and had no regard for women at all.

  • Cannelle

    Good point. Many other countries don't play any games when it comes to violating their immigration laws. IN fact, it seems most countries outside of North America and Europe are not forgiving and downright harsh when it comes to immigration.

  • Alextra Ballard

    It's not just happening abroad,things like this is happening everyday in our on byke yard. That was my point!

  • Spring

    GODAM!!! Can the fashionistas slay?!?!?!?!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920


  • really?wow

    Nope not there. If it were me id get me a passport say my life is at risk cuz i love fashion...rush me my documents. Go to the U.S. never look back

  • blue skies

    so sad...pol always killing folks why dont they just kill themselves! smh let ppl live life already short!