Miss Universe Olivia Culpo in Trouble Over Taj Photo Shoot

AGRA - Indian police said on Thursday they had filed a case against Miss Universe for conducting an unauthorised footwear fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal which was slammed as an “insult” by the monument’s caretaker.

 

Twenty-one-year-old American Olivia Culpo, wearing a long peach-coloured dress, visited the world-famous 'monument to love' in Agra on Sunday during a 10-day tour of India.

 

“We have registered a case against Ms Culpo and her team members after receiving a complaint,” Sushant Gaur told AFP from the tourism police station in Agra, 180 kilometres (112 miles) south of New Delhi.

 

“We have booked her under various sections... of India’s Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act,” he added.

 

Gaur said Culpo posed for photographers with branded shoes while sitting on the Diana Seat, a marble ledge in front of the white mausoleum named after the late British princess who visited in 1992.

 

“There are strict guidelines against any sort of branding and promotion at Taj Mahal and the photo shoot conducted was without any prior permission,” said N.K. Pathak from the Agra unit of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

 

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Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 12:30pm