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Oliva Culpo in legal trouble after 'disrespectful' Taj Mahal photo

Miss Universe Olivia Culpo may have broken Indian law by posing for a photo shoot promoting designer shoes during a visit to India's Taj Mahal.
Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Oct. 10, 2013 at 4:21 PM   |   Comments

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Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Like many visitors to the Taj Mahal, Miss Universe Olivia Culpo posed for photos in front of the breathtaking world wonder.

But unlike most Culpo's photos could land her in legal hot water.

The U.S.-born beauty queen reportedly tried on pair after pair of designer shoes during her visit to the Agra, India monument, sometimes posing holding the shoes or sitting next to them on the famous "Diana bench," while photographers snapped away.

The problem? Brand promotion or publicity is strictly prohibited at the world heritage site.

“We are gathering information from the tourism police about those who were managing the visit. After we get the names, an FIR would be lodged against the agency involved in violating norms at the Taj,” said superintending archaeologist of the Archeological Survey of India, Agra, NK Pathak.

Indeed, there are guidelines prohibiting branding and publicity on the Taj premises but facts related to the incident are yet to be verified,” added Munazzar Ali, conservation archaeologist for the ASI office at the Taj.

Officials said it was unclear how the bag of shoes would have even made it onto the Taj property, which is strictly regulated.

Culpo was in India for a 10-day trip at the end of September and beginning of October, promoting a range of charitable issues that include AIDS awareness and women's empowerment.

She was crowned Miss Universe 2012 and will remain in the position until Miss Universe 2013 is crowned in November.


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