Cedar Rapids Woman Appears on 'Naked and Afraid'

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- A local woman is making history Sunday as the first Muslim woman to ever be on the show 'Naked and Afraid.'

Because of this, she's also getting some backlash.

In the show on the Discovery Channel, two people are thrown in the wilderness naked and have to survive for 21 days.

Amal Alyassiri is a mom of three from Cedar Rapids. She's a Muslim American woman who spent the first ten years of her life as an Iraqi refugee.

She credits some of her survival skills to her time being a refugee. In the upcoming episode she was in the Florida wild during a hurricane.

"It was really rainy and really windy and I think the worst part of it was when we were in the shelter and you can just kind of see the shelter come in and out," Alyassiri said.

Since filming in September she says she's gained back a lot of the weight she lost.

She's getting some national attention for being the first Muslim woman on the show with a feature in People Magazine, but not all of that attention is positive.

"You know that's against everything that a Muslim woman needs to do and I try to make it a point that I'm not out there to represent the Muslim culture, I'm representing myself as a Muslim woman but people are not seeing it that way they're like 'oh you're a disgrace,'" Alyassiri said.

People have even sent her death threats through her Facebook page. They have a problem with that fact that she's baring it all and spent the 21 days surviving with a man who isn't her fiance.

Despite that she says she hopes she makes her Iowa community proud.

"I've gotten a lot of love from people around here, nobody's been mean really, so I'm super nervous I'm nervous talking about it right now," Alyassiri said.

The episode airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Channel.


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