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What the heel! Miss Universe in trouble for shoot at Taj Mahal

October 10, 2013 11:38 IST

What the heel! Miss Universe in trouble for shoot at Taj Mahal

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The local Archeological Survey of India authorities are looking into a complaint that the party accompanying Miss Universe Olivia Culpo during her visit to Taj Mahal allegedly violated rules at the historic monument by advertising a brand of footwear during a photo session.

Culpo was accompanied by fashion designer Sanjana Jon and others to the Taj Mahal on Saturday evening. According to the complaint, as the party came beside the central marble tank, sandals of a particular brand were taken out of the bag by someone in the group.

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Image: A complaint has been filed against Miss Universe Olivia Culpo for a footwear shoot at Taj Mahal
Photographs: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

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Culpo donned one of the sandals and held another in her hand, reportedly to advertise them while cameramen accompanying her shot the scene with the Taj in the background, it claimed.

According to a Supreme Court directive, any kind of commercial activity is prohibited in the premises of archaeologically protected monuments. The complaint said that neither the tourism police nor the Central Industrial Security Force that is responsible for the Taj security stopped the party from doing the act, ASI officials said.

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Image: Miss Universe 2012 and Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo (R) wearing floral garlands, gets a traditional Indian welcome upon her arrival at a school in New Delhi on Sep
Photographs: Anindito Mukherjee/Reuters

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However, ASI's Conservative Assistant, Syed Muuzzar Ali said he was on leave on Saturday and came to know about the incident only in the evening. Prima facie, there has been some lapse on part of the CISF and the tourism police and the matter is being probed, he said.

Miss Universe is in India for 10 days to promote issues such as celebrating the girl child, women empowerment and AIDS awareness across the country.


Image: Olivia Culpo at the Taj Mahal
Photographs: http://instagram.com/oliviaculpo

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