Doing it for the ’gram was just taken a step — or maybe an arm, in this case — too far. A video of Viktoria Odintcova dangling off the ledge of a 73-story building in the United Arab Emirates recently went viral. Why did she do it? For a good photo (and attention, of course).
The Cayan tower, center — the world’s tallest twisted tower — at Dubai’s Marina on June 11, 2013, in the United Arab Emirates. (Photo: Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
The stunt, which was all captured on camera, features the Russian model in the risky act with a team of people who appear to be stuntmen and photographers.
Odintcova grips a blond helper’s hand as he confidently encourages her to lean away from the top of the 1,000-foot building. As she leans back, her hair flows and her eyes close, and somehow she gets comfortable enough to look serene in images captured by her team.
As if that were not enough of a risk, she then gets down on her knees, while still holding the hand of her “spotter” and then gracefully flops off the rails, the guy’s forearm strength the only thing keeping her from plummeting to the ground.
Somehow, she still looks beautiful, with her T-shirt falling off her shoulders, and her sneakers (they’re not even fancy suction-cupped shoes or something high-tech!) kicking about as if she’s just dangling from the side of a pool.
She lived to share the tale, and has been retelling it to her 3.3 million Instagram followers. “All the stunts performed by professionals, do not try it yourself,” she captioned a clip of the video.
The photos, luckily, turned out amazing (because nothing could be worse more than risking your life for a blurry, thumb-covered shot).
According to Emirati newspaper The National, Odintcova isn’t getting off that easy. An assistant to the chief of police in Dubai said that Odintcova “had been summoned to sign an undertaking not to repeat any dangerous moves that could endanger her life in Dubai.”
However, Odintcova will most like find someplace else. In the past, she’s bungee-jumped in Sochi, Russia, with a camera in hand, and prettily posed on the edge of a cliff in Sri Lanka.