Salma Elshimy is 26 years old and has around 100,000 followers on TikTok and is looking forward to celebrating.
But she was scared to death and might, in addition to spending a short time in the dungeon, begin to solemnly harass her like there was no tomorrow.
The Egyptian model and influencer sparked controversy after she was erected – scantily dressed in accordance with the system’s public morals and completely covered by Western standards – in Saqqara, one of ancient Egypt’s most iconic royal tombs.
Although the young woman entered the room wearing a black jacket, she undressed and wore a short dress reminiscent of those worn by pharaohs in the past, although it was much shorter and more compact.
Salma could imagine herself 25 kilometers south of Cairo, at the foot of the Pyramid of Djoser (or Djoser), a UNESCO World Heritage Site built over 4,700 years ago during the reign of Pharaoh Djoser, one of the kings of Egypt. The Third Dynasty of Egypt. After decades of neglect and the danger of collapse, in 2006 the Egyptian government launched an ambitious project to restore it and restore it to its splendor.
Despite the displeasure of the Egyptian community, the photo shoot was held in the presence of six officials from the Ministry of Antiquities, and they did not raise any objections.
The images provoked a lot of controversy – a lawyer even denounced Salma for obscene modesty, insulting the Egyptian state and defaming the ancient Egyptian civilization – forcing the influencer to eliminate her.
Despite the retraction, the model and photographer were detained for “taking without permission from those responsible for the huge complex”, although the young woman justifies herself by ensuring that her only objective was to promote tourism.
These photos are totally inappropriate. “They have insulted antiquities and the ministry, and those responsible will be punished,” said the head of the Saqqara archaeological region.
After a few hours in the dungeons, the couple were finally released after posting bail of 500 Egyptian pounds (about 26 euros).