The Taj Mahal is one of India’s most revered tourist attractions, and they're naturally very protective over it!
So when the reigning Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, stirred things up over the weekend by posing for what appeared to be a footwear photo shoot on the Diana Seat, which is a violation of the historic landmark's rules, you better believe heel was raised!
Now, the Archaeological Survey of India is threatening to file a complaint with the police against whoever was responsible for the forbidden act!
"…any branding or publicity on the Taj premises is prohibited. We are gathering information from the tourism police about those who were managing the visit. After we get the names, an FIR [first information report] would be lodged against the agency involved in violating norms at the Taj. We have taken note of the incident and are appraising the superintending archaeologist in writing. Indeed, there are guidelines prohibiting branding and publicity on the Taj premises but facts related to the incident are yet to be verified."
According to initial reports, it sounds like the Central Industrial Security Force and tourism police could be partially to blame because they allegedly saw the whole thing go down, but didn't step in.
Whatever the case may be, The Miss Universe Organization is already in damage control mode and released a statement regarding the situation, saying the shoot was NOT intended for commercial purposes:
"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."
Olivia was mainly in the area to promote awareness of women’s issues, so it makes sense that last thing she’d want to do is cause controversy while spreading her message.
Hopefully this all gets cleared up!
[Image via Instagram/Andres Otero/WENN.]