Kriti Sanon has received backlash for her latest cover.
Cosmopolitan India has stirred a controversy by posting a photo of Kriti Sanon, their cover girl for the August issue.
In the picture, posted by the magazine's official Instagram account, the actor can be seen dressed in a black high-neck top paired with silver glossy trousers and black stilettos, striking a pose with a giraffe that appears to be suspended in the air.
'I'm not someone who gets angry easily, but when I read about atrocities against women, it really upsets me.' Meet our cover girl @kritisanon being her candid self in our August issue,' the caption read.
Explaining the concept behind the cover, the mag added: 'Aynhoe Park features taxidermy, hundreds of years old, most from museums.
'Taxidermy is the art of preserving an animal that died of natural causes, for academic purposes.
'The giraffe featured here is floating (not hanging, heavens no!) with balloons on its back.
'An art installation, in what is possibly one of the eclectic yet most majestic mansions in the world.'
They also added, 'Cosmo loves, no, is obsessed with animals.
'We were, possibly, the first magazine in India to ban the featuring of fur, three years ago.
'No animals were harmed before, during, or after this shoot. We may be guilty of watching too many puppy videos during work hours, though.'
Social media users, however, gave the post a thumbs down, calling it distasteful for its animal-offensive content.
Another said, 'Such a shame! You guys are so shameless. Talking about atrocities while portraying animal cruelty in the name of fashion.'
Highlighting the hypocrisy of the post, another user commented, 'What the f*** is she talking about atrocities on women when she is posing next to a hanging girrafe?! Real or fake, its bloody cruelty to even post such pictures. @kritisanon shame on you for even agreeing to pose next to this.'
In another pic from the shoot, Kriti can be seen posing in front of the same giraffe in a red Ralph & Russo ensemble.