Topless photos of Lebanese skier at Sochi stir online controversy
Lebanese minister calls on Olympic committee to investigate Jackie Chamoun; social media campaign supporting skier already underway.
Lebanese skier Jackie Chamoun, in Russia competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, has recently made headlines, but not for her sport. Nude photos of Chamoun, 22, posing topless behind skis were recently leaked to the press, drawing a harsh response from the Lebanese government.
Chamoun posed for an Austrian calendar featuring male and female skiers three years ago, but some more revealing behind-the scenes photos and a video of her undressing at the shoot were circulated online the last few days.
Lebanese Minister of Sports and Youth Faisal Karam demanded the Olympic committee launch an investigation over concerns it tarnishes Lebanon's reputation.
According to Sky news, Chamoun apologized on her Facebook page: "The video and photos that you are now seeing are part of the making of, the preparation, it wasn’t supposed to go public…Anyways, I want to apologise to all of you, I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects our culture."
In response, a social media campaign is already underway entitled "I am not naked" with the hashtag #stripforjackie. Dozens of Lebanese and others are going topless in solidarity with the skier and uploading it to Twitter.
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