Photographer and dancer arrested over 'disgusting' Egyptian pyramids photoshoot

Yahoo News Staff
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A photographer and dancer have been arrested following a photoshoot outside pyramids in Egypt.

Salma al-Shimi, 26, had her photo taken and was filmed dancing outside of the Pyramid of Djoser, south of Cairo, last week.

Images from her Instagram show Ms al-Shimi dressed in an ancient Egyptian costume.

A video remains on her TikTok account of her dancing in the same outfit.

A source told The Guardian the photographer was arrested. Ms al-Shimi was too.

The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities deemed her outfit “inappropriate”, CBS News reported.

Salma al-Shimi, 26, pictured in Egyptian costume outside pyramids.
Salma al-Shimi, 26, was arrested over this photoshoot outside Egypt's pyramids. Source: Instagram/ Salma al-Shimi

Egyptian Council of Antiquities offended

The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri said in a statement "anyone who shows negligence when it comes to antiquities or our unique Egyptian civilisation will be punished”.

The pair have since been released but could face further charges.

On Twitter, people criticised the 26-year-old over the photoshoot.

“Your photos are really disgusting and do not represent the history of our civilisation at all,” one woman tweeted.

However, not everyone agreed she had done the wrong thing.

Wael Gonhim, an Egyptian activist, accused authorities of “humiliating” her for going to a tourist area and taking photos “like millions of others”.

“Make a clear law and apply it to everyone so that people can still understand the consequences of their actions,” he tweeted.

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