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Prosecution releases on bail fashion model who held controversial Saqqara photoshoot

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Tuesday 1 Dec 2020
General Prosecution office (Photo: Al-Ahram)
General Prosecution office (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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A Giza prosecutor has released a fashion model and a photographer on EGP 500 bail each for holding a photoshoot without a permit in at the Saqqara pyramid on Tuesday.

Aspiring fashion model Salma El-Shimy and photographer Hossam Ortiga were arrested on Monday after photos and video of El-Shimy wearing ancient Egyptian-style clothes went viral online on Sunday evening.

The images sparked some controversy online, with some people claiming that her attire was “inappropriate” and provocative.

El-Shimy denied that she held the photoshoot without a permit.

“I entered the archaeological site legally with a ticket and I was dressed conservatively in a long Abbaya, and I had a photography permit, which means I did not break the law,” she told the prosecution.

According to her statement to the prosecution, the 26-year-old El-Shimy said that she held the photoshoot to gain fame and market herself as a fashion model through her social media accounts on TikTok and Facebook.

Six employees working in the Saqqara archaeological site were arrested on Monday, including four security personnel and two antiquities inspectors.

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