Influencer defends backlash over photos with dad’s casket

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Influencer defends backlash over photos with dad's casket

A Miami influencer who was criticized for posing in front of her dad’s coffin defended the morbid photo op, claiming that her decision to stage the pics would have been one her “father would have approved with had he still been alive.”

Jayne Rivera, a 20-year-old fitness model, admitted that she “understood the negative reaction,” but insisted that there was nothing “wrong” with sharing the images of her father Jose Antonio Rivera’s open casket to Instagram, NBC News reported. He died earlier in the month.

“There is nothing wrong with what I posted, and I stand by that,” she told the outlet.

She said the images of her posing in a black, tight-fitted outfit with the coffin, which was adorned with an American flag, were done “with the best intentions in a manner my father would have approved with had he still been alive.”

“Everyone handles the loss of a loved one in their own ways; some are more traditional while others might come across as taboo,” she said. “For me, I treated the celebration as if my father was right next to me, posing for the camera as he had done on many occasions prior.”

Jayne Rivera in front of her father's casket
Jayne Rivera posed in front of her father’s open casket in a fitted black dress.
Instagram /@jayne_riveraa

Rivera responded to criticism that included that she was exploiting her father’s death, explaining that she wanted to share the loss with her followers since her father had been a regular fixture on her Instagram page.

“I have worked extremely hard for eight long years building my audience,” she told NBC News. “People from the outside judge a book by its cover without stopping to understand the intentions or underlying meanings of the book.”

Her Instagram account was not active on Thursday.

Jayne Rivera in front of her father's casket
Rivera continues to defend her curious post.
Instagram /@jayne_riveraa

She claimed that the social media platform disabled her account “with no reason given.”

Rivera, who has amassed more than 300,000 followers on her TikTok account, said that she’s taking the backlash in stride.

“People are going to disagree, either way, and I’m used to it. I am a Rivera, and I know my dad is proud of me and how things turned out,” she said. “He will not be forgotten.”

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