The Apprentice candidate Lubna Farhan has told how she was forced to delete Instagram pictures after she started receiving racist death threats because she was showing off 'her bare legs'.

The former candidate, who was fired from the BBC show in week four told Metro.co.uk that she has received threats on Twitter and Instagram and people have even been calling her on withheld numbers to give her abuse.

The 34-year-old was taunted over her religion after she posted pictures of herself wearing a glitzy dress during a recent red carpet event, where one of her bare legs was showing.

'You're not representing Muslims' and 'you're not a Muslim' were among the horrid messages Lubna received.

'I don't know if it's the same group of people or different people that are doing it or even if they're Muslim or non-Muslim,' she began.

'My dress wasn't even revealing, I went to an awards ceremony and I had one leg showing. I took a lot of pictures that night but I ended up taking a lot of them down, but I was at a red carpet event so I am not exactly going to dress in a burkha, am I?

'It doesn't make any sense. These are glamorous events and I don't think there's anything wrong with the fact that I want to show my body, it's more important to be a good human first.'

Lubna has since deleted a lot of the messages, although an example of the abuse she got sent included the likes of 'Dirty legs, cover them. Shame on you, you're gone.'

Another read: 'I thought you were Muslim? Stop showing your legs, you're finished mate if I see you anywhere.'

The mum-of-two went on to explain that she removed the photos because she feared for the safety of her children.

She continued: 'Some people have threatened me and said, "if you walk out of the house that's it". A lot of the people have deleted some of the comments but I live in a small area so it wouldn't take much to find out where I live, and I have two young kids, I don't want to make it unsafe for them.

'I always have covered myself up, it's not like I am completely naked in the picture and it has knocked my confidence a bit as I thought I looked nice on the night.

'I have been worried because if someone did take the step of turning up on my door I would report it, it's worrying but I don't want to create any unnecessary attention.'

The finance accountant explained that she has never said to anyone that she's a 'practicing Muslim' despite coming from a Muslim family.

She added: 'I do believe in God but I have never said I am a "good Muslim" it should be up to me what I wear.

'When I tweeted about the messages I was getting, a lot of Muslims did respond and are supporting me but it's more to the fact that I feel like the next time I go out I will need to be careful and I shouldn't feel like that, it's none of anyone's business.'

During her time on The Apprentice, the 34-year-old was caught up in an online spat with Lottie Lion after it emerged that Lottie sent Lubna 'racist comments' in the candidates' shared group chat.

Librarian Lottie was investigated by the BBC following the complaints after she told rival Lubna to 'shut up Gandhi' and threatened to 'f***ing knock her out' in a string of vile messages.

Jemelin Artiga was later added to the list of fellow candidates that have spoken out against Lottie, calling her out on Twitter after she was 'let off' by the Beeb.

Lottie later defended herself claiming the comments were 'misinterpreted' and 'taken out of context'.

The Apprentice continues Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One.

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