General Prosecution office (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Egypt’s public prosecution is investigating an incident involving an Egyptian fashion model who participated in a photo shoot at the Saqqara pyramid plateau that has been deemed “indecent.”
Photos and video of aspiring fashion model Salma El-Shimy featuring her wearing short ancient Egyptian-style clothes went viral online on Sunday evening, sparking controversy as some claimed that her attire was inappropriate and provocative.
On Monday, the Supreme Council of Antiquities Secretary-General Mostafa El-Waziry announced that there was an investigation into the incident.
"The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is always keen on preserving the archaeological sites and the history of ancient Egyptian civilisation, and any person proven to negligent in preserving the rights of antiquities and Egyptian civilisation will be punished after the prosecution's investigation into the incident," El-Waziry was quoted as saying in Egyptian media.
An aspiring fashion model, mostly for local clothes brands, El-Shimy has over 80,000 followers on Facebook.
Since posting the images from her photo session at Saqqara, El-Shimy has not made any new posts on her social accounts, and her Instagram account has since been deactivated.
El-Shimy’s photo session was titled Malbeniti, which comes from Malben, which is a Turkish candy and a slang word in Egypt for a "curvy woman."
The announcement that the model is under investigation has sparked controversy online, with many users claiming that El-Shimy did not break any laws and that Egyptians and foreigners have taken similar images in the past.
Some social media users even shared photos of famous belly dancers wearing their dance outfits at the Giza pyramids plateau.