Indian police have filed a lawsuit against US model and current Miss Universe, American Olivia Culpo, for an unauthorised fashion shoot at the Taj Mahal, a place where commercial activity is banned without prior permission. According to Indian police, Culpo shot a footwear advertisement at the heritage site last Sunday put had failed to get permission from the state-run Archaeological Survey of India. The 21 year old model, who won Miss Universe Title last year, visited India from September 27 till October 6 as part of her Miss Universe Commitments.
Cuplo speaking to the Providence Journal of Rhode Island on Thursday, expressed regret over the photo shoot.
“I guess their vision was,`What’s better to identify India than the Taj Mahal?’ But unfortunately it’s something that was highly offensive. Honestly, I did say out loud at one point,`Isn’t this a little inappropriate? It’s upsetting to me that I was a part of that. It’s really upsetting because I loved my visit to India, and I would love nothing more than to go back, even in the near future.”
However, Culpo may want to avoid future trips to the country lest she fancies a stay in the country’s jails. If found guilty, she can be jailed for up to two years and fined 100,000 rupees (£1,150)!
Miss Universe officials have also released a statement apologising for the incident.
“Throughout her reign, the Miss Universe Organization continually creates video diaries of our titleholder to keep fans and sponsors up to date on her travels and to share in the experience. As part of these videos, we sometimes incorporate sponsors into these shoots. The filming that took place outside the Taj Mahal was never intended to be used as a commercial nor was it meant in any way to be disrespectful. We sincerely apologize for any unintentional harm our indiscretion and insensitivity may have caused.”