Sahin took the opportunity to pose nude on the cover as a way to tell her conservative family and the world that she wanted to be "free.""I did it because I wanted to be free at last.These photographs are a liberation from the restrictions of my childhood," said Sahin. In response to her rebellious actions, Sila Sahin's family has essentially cut her off and forbade her from coming home.
She also used the Playboy nude photoshoot as a way of advocating for other Turkish girls to escape the limitations of their strict Islamic background. Her message to young girls--"For too long I tried to do everything right. I want these photos to show young Turkish women that it's okay for you to live however you choose."
Sahin told Playboy, "My upbringing was conservative,' 'I was always told, you must not go out, you must not make yourself look so attractive, you mustn't have male friends.I have always abided by what men say. As a result I developed an extreme desire for freedom. I feel like Che Guevara. I have to do everything I want, otherwise I feel like I may as well be dead."
Sila Sahin informed her family about her nude Playboy shoot only one day before the release of the controversial photos. After realizing the repercussions of her actions, Sahin pleaded with her family to forgive her and to allow her back into her home.
This article makes me question, what is freedom? Is freedom displaying your body to the entire world, allowing yourself to be objectified and viewed as nothing more than a sexual commodity? No matter what society tells you, this is not liberation! Allah says in the Holy Quran,