A fashion model, named Salma Al-Shimi,has been arrested in Egypt after taking a photo shoot in the ancient Necropolis in Saqqara.
The local newspaper Al-Akhbar Al-Youm quoted security sources as saying that Salma Al-Shimi and her photographer have been detained by the Egyptian Tourism Research Directorate.
The pro-government newspaper said the investigation began with a complaint lodged by a lawyer with the attorney general. The lawyer is said to have accused Salma of insulting Egypt’s cultural heritage by wearing “Pharaonic” style clothing.
Al-Ihram newspaper also reported that the Secretary General of the Supreme Council’s Antiquities Mustafa Al-Waziri had announced last Monday to start the investigation.
In photos posted on Salma Al-Shimi’s Instagram, where she has more than 56,000 followers, she can be seen wearing a white dress with a belt, necklace and headband in the style of the ancient Egyptians. Some of these images show her standing near the pyramid of Zusar, built in the 27th century BC.
Salma Al-Shimi has been detained amid crackdowns on freedom of expression in Egypt.
In July, several women were sentenced to two years in prison for posting videos of themselves dancing on TuckTuck. Despite being fully clothed, they were accused of indecency and “violating Egyptian family values and principles.”
One month ago, a prominent Arab dancer, Samaa al-Masari, was sentenced to three years in prison for posting “bad manners”.