On Wednesday, 7 amateur male models and a female makeup artist in Sudan were convicted of indecency after police accused them of wearing and applying makeup at the Sudanese Next Top Model Fashion Show held back June.
A lawyer for the group explained:
"The court thought that they were indecently dressed … The judge thought that wearing makeup could be offensive for men and allowing a woman to put makeup on men was against the law."
Rather than the maximum punishment of 40 lashings, the judge ordered all eight to pay a fine of 200 Sudanese pounds or roughly $85 USD for the offense.
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More than 20 participants of the Sudanese Next Top Model Fashion Show were detained by police on Thursday following the fashion event.
A source detailed what happened, saying police:
"Came to the club after the show and arrested between 20 and 30 people — not just models, but people doing the make- up, the people who provided the clothes. There was nothing bad about the clothes. There were wedding dresses, traditional Sudanese clothes, suits, clothes from local shops and tobs (traditional Sudanese wraparound dresses)."
All people detained were eventually released on Friday, except for 6 who had to report to police on Sunday for additional charges.
Police wouldn't comment on the matter, but Sudan's public order police are known to crackdown on indecent dress and drinking. And since this was the first public fashion show where men and women shared the runway, the po-po may have been a little more rambunctious than usual.
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