Iraqi Beauty Queen Tara Fares Killed

The murder of Fares comes in the aftermath of two deaths last month in Baghdad's beauty industry.

Tara Fares, an Iraqi social media star, was shot and killed in Baghdad by two gunmen on Thursday. Fares was inside a car when two motorcyclists shot her, according to a spokesman for Iraq’s Interior Ministry.

Fares was a popular figure on Instagram for her fashion expertise, and had previously won the Miss Baghdad competition and placed first runner-up for Miss Iraq. An Instagram post on her account following her death read, “In a treacherous and cowardly incident, Tara Fares Chamoun, is with God. We asked God to accept her with His great mercy.”

Fares’ killing continues a tragic trend of deaths of women in Baghdad’s beauty industry. Last month, Rafeef al-Yaseri, a plastic surgeon and organizer for women’s health programs, was killed in her home, and Rasha al-Hassan, owner of a Baghdad beauty center, also died in her home.

Iraq’s Interior Ministry is launching an investigation into Fares’ murder.

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