Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe, In Trouble For Taj Mahal Shoe IncidentBy: Amanda Crum - October 10, 2013
Olivia Culpo, the current Miss Universe, is in a heap of trouble this week after she was photographed standing in front of the Taj Mahal showing off a pair of high-heeled shoes.
The Archaeological Survery of India has filed a formal police complaint against Culpo after they say she participated in a fashion shoot at the monument without obtaining permission first.
“Sandals (high heels) of a particular brand were taken out of the bag by someone in the group,” said the ASI. “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.”
Culpo, fashion designer Sanjana Jon, and several others who were in the group are accused of violating India’s Heritage Act; after an investigation, they may be charged.
“We have taken note of the incident and are appraising the superintending archaeologist in writing,” said Munazzar Ali, conservation archaeologist (CA) for the ASI. “Indeed, there are guidelines prohibiting branding and publicity on the Taj premises but facts related to the incident are yet to be verified.”