Egypt Independent

Controversial photo shoot in Saqqara prompts investigation



The case of a model who conducted a provocative photo shoot at Egypt’s Saqqara archaeological area has been referred to the country’s prosecution office for investigation by the Antiquities Council’s Secretary General, Mostafa al-Waziry.

The decision came after a group of photos of a model inside the Saqqara archaeological area went viral on social media. 

The photos show the woman wearing a tight, revealing pharaonic dress and posing near the Saqqara pyramid.

Activists and archaeologists were angered by the photos, calling them inappropriate and an insult to the Saqqara archaeological area and an insult to Pharaonic clothing.

According to a press release, Waziry said that the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities is always keen to preserve the history of ancient Egyptian civilization.

He stated that any official who fails to carry out their duties to preserve the area will be punished. 

Waziry also assured that when a request is submitted to authorities for a photo session permit, many details are agreed upon, including the exact location of the shoot and the clothes that will be worn during the photo session.