Who is Alesya Kafelnikova?
Alesya Kafelnikova is a Russian Instagram influencer who faces backlash after sharing a video of her lying naked on top of a critically endangered Sumatran elephant with her 536,000 followers on Instagram. She has been criticized by animal lovers for posing naked on top of an elephant in Bali for a photoshoot.
The model’s post was slammed by angered social media users as well as animal groups who called it a ‘tragic trivialization’.
How old is Alesya Kafelnikova?
Born in Moscow, Russia, Alesya is 22 years old.
Alesya Kafelnikova Parents
Alesya was born as the daughter of Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Mascha Kafelnikov. Her father is the former World No.1 tennis player Yevgeny Kafelnikov, who won two Grand Slam singles titles, the 1996 French Open and the 1999 Australian Open.
Aleysa is a jet setter and has recently been living in Paris, Bali and London. She is currently in Bali with Bali Starz and is largely represented by IMG models.
Alesya Kafelnikova Boyfriend
There have been rumors that she and 35 years old, advertising agency owner Georgy Petrishin have had a budding romance after meeting at a restaurant.
Alesya Kafelnikova Bali
Alesya shared the video and images on Saturday, followed by the caption ‘Natural vibes’. In a separate post, she also shared a picture with an elephant telling her followers that ‘to love nature is human nature.’
Some users gushed about the model’s post leaving comments such as ‘For the first time ever, I want to be an elephant.’
But others slammed the influencer, calling the photoshoot a ‘violation’ against the animal. One user wrote: ‘Poor elephant. Aren’t you ashamed to lie naked on an elephant? This is a living creature. Money overshadows everything.’
Alesya Kafelnikova Elephant (Gajah)
The post was also condemned by animal groups including Save the Asian Elephants who criticized the post as ‘another tragic trivialization’.
‘Yet another tragic trivialization of the majestic Asian elephant when the species is fighting for its very existence against brutal abuse in tourism and human “entertainment”,’ a spokesperson told The Sun.
The Sumatran elephant on which Alesya was posing is a critically endangered species. It is threatened mainly due to deforestation and degradation of its natural habitat. Sumatran elephants are not native to Bali but are kept on the island in captivity to serve the tourism industry.
According to a 2017 report from National Geographic, the population of Sumatran elephants is estimated to be between 700 and 1,000. This is not the first time the Russian influence has made the headline.
She spoke up in January 2020 after her friend and fellow model, Ksenia Puntus, reportedly suffered severe injuries after falling out a third-floor window at a building in Moscow where her boyfriend lived. Alesya had alleged foul play in the fall that left Puntus, 21, with numerous severe injuries.
Alesya Kafelnikova Instagram
Alesya has previously hit back at online articles claiming that she was anorexic, the model has denied the allegations and said that she is focused on her career.
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A leading Moscow newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets headlined: ‘The daughter of renowned tennis player Evgeny Kafelnikov is in danger of anorexia.’
Alesya Kafelnikova Weight
In response to the news, Alesya hit back at the claims and told the MailOnline: ‘I am around 49-50 kilograms. I’m totally focused on my career, and I am working with the best agency in the world.’