A Russian Instagram model who dangled from a 1,000ft-high Dubair skyscraper for a photoshoot has been forced by police to sign a statement vowing to never do it again.
Viki Odintcova, 23, was taken into custody after video emerged of her dangling in thin air from the 1,004-foot tall Cayan Tower in Dubai in a bid to get the perfect Instagram selfie. The Cayan Tower was the world’s tallest building with a 90-degree twist when it opened in 2013.
The Russian model was filmed leaning backward with no visible safety measures in place, from an elevation so high that the curve of the Earth is visible. She was then pictured hanging over the edge of the tower held only by the hand of a male assistant.
Her video and photos went viral and were shared thousands of times. Odinctova has gained more than 3 million Instagram followers so far, but many commenters have criticized her for risking her life to get the perfect selfie.
“Not worth risking your lives for,” one user commented.
Another Russian model, Angelina Nikolau, 23 (below), has made headlines around the world with her dangerous photographs on tall buildings.
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Main photo: Viki Odintcova [screenshot]