Model says she was jailed after nude photoshoot at Egyptian temple
According to Belgian model Marisa Papen, she and Australian photographer Jesse Walker went to Egypt in the spring to shoot an eyewear campaign among all the ancient sites. If Papen’s website is any indication, she likes to get naked a lot, so it makes sense that she got nude in shoots at the pyramids in Giza and the temple at Luxor. The problem is that public nudity and displays of sexuality is something that the Egyptian government frowns on. A couple learned that the hard way when they filmed a porno at the pyramids in 2015.
“We tried to explain them that we were making art with the highest respect for Egyptian culture, but they could not see a connection between nudity and art,” Papen told Central European News about being approached by security guards in Giza. “In their eyes it was porn, or something like that.”
Papen said that she and Walker paid off the guards at the pyramids with a small bribe before eventually getting tossed in a cell for posing nude at the Karnak Temple in Luxor. The NSFW photos that resulted from the shoot can be seen here.
From Daily Mail:
When Karnak turned out to be even more guarded than the pyramids at Giza, Papen and Walker had to think of another plan for their shoot.
They decided to hide in the complex just before closing time and to start with the photoshoot ‘making pirouettes in Cleopatra’s footprints’ after all the other people had left.
Papen said: ‘But you can guess what happened next. Busted, once again. And yes, this time we were in some serious trouble.’
Four security guards caught the two and brought them ‘like two beaten dogs’ to the local police.
The two were kept in squalid conditions for hours before getting to see a judge.
“The first cell we encountered was packed with at least 20 men,” Papen said. “Some were passed out on the floor, some were squeezing their hands through the rails, some were bleeding and yelling.”
Sounds like every episode of “Locked Up Abroad” I’ve ever seen. Fortunately for them, Walker deleted the shots off the SD card, so they were let off with a warning. He eventually recovered the images when he got back home.
According to Gulf News, the Egyptian government disputes Papen’s version of events.
“It is probable that the photos are fake or had been taken a long time ago and were recently published,” The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities said in a statement. “No such photo session has taken place in any archaeological area.”
Others are just pissed off that Papen broke the law.
“This incident constitutes an unacceptable debasement of Egypt’s history and timeless antiquities that are a heritage for entire humanity,” MP Ahmad Idriss said.
Hopefully Papen learned a lesson about respecting other countries’ customs and laws when she gets naked all over the globe.