Olivia Culpo Criticized By India For Taj Mahal Photo Shoot
byFree Britneyat October 10, 2013 7:42 am
Miss Universe Olivia Culpo is named in a complaint potentially being filed by the Archeological Survey of India afterallegedly shilling for shoes at the Taj Mahal.Miss Universe Olivia Culpo ControversyOn Sunday, the 2012 Miss Universe winner and her team headed to the Taj as part of a 10-day tour of the nation tospread awareness about women's issues.There, Culpo took part in a footwear photo shoot on the marble ledge known as the Diana Seat, modeling multiple pairsof shoes taken from a large bag.She used the Taj Mahal as the backdrop. According to the Hindustan Times, which described the shoot as "covert'promotion,'" this is a huge no-no.As such, the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) is threatening action againstOlivia Culpo, as "any branding or publicityon the Taj premises is prohibited."“We are gathering information from the tourism police about those who were managing the visit," an official with ASI saidMonday, per the
."After we get the names, [a report] would be lodged."Other sources put the blame on the Central Industrial Security Force and tourism police, whose officials allegedly sawthe Miss Universe photo shoot going on.It is unclear what brand of shoes was being photographed, but the beauty queen andNick Jonas girlfriendmet at themonument with fashion designer Sanjana Jon.As for Culpo, she seemed unaware of any controversy.She posted from the Miss Universe Instagram account: "We made it to the Taj Mahal. One of the most beautiful placesI've ever seen!!!! So amazing."