Lara Bingle Panned For “Smoking Is Cool” Gaffe

Sometime model, serial nip slip victim and subject of inexplicably mesmerising reality television series, Lara Bingle, has been criticised for a non-PC social media post. She Instagram’d this photograph by German photographer Hans Namuth with the caption “Poverty stricken but still cool as f–k”:

The tendency to romanticise smoking in pop culture is not some shocking new social faux pas, but nevertheless moments after it went live Lara removed the image after getting sprayed with backlash – a reaction that isn’t surprising in light of a recent 7.30 Report story on the epidemic of nicotine addiction amongst Indonesian children.

Oh Lara. When will you learn?

Words by Tara Kenny.

Photograph by Marianna Massey, Getty Images