A model poses in lingerie and hijab outside a mosque in a photoshoot that has sparked outrage
An influencer sparked outrage for offending religious worshipers when a video showed her posing in cheeky black lingerie outside a mosque.
Photographer Maria Katanova, who works as an online marketer, and the anonymous model have faced backlash for taking a photoshoot outside the Moscow Cathedral Mosque in the Russian capital.
The short video shows the influencer covering her hair in a hijab and wearing a long, cream colored coat as she poses across the road from the site.
She turns around and opens her coat, revealing her curves in a black lingerie outfit, paired with knee-high boots.
A police cruiser drives past the couple as they take photos on the snowy sidewalk.
The video infuriated Muslim worshipers and Maria saw her apology online.
She pointed out that the campaign for the photo shoot involved a number of different models posing outside religious buildings.
She wrote on Instagram: “I had no intention of hurting the feelings of the faithful.
“The goal was quite the opposite, to prevent this wave of hype, which began with photoshoots of half-naked influencers against the backdrop of religious buildings.
“I regret that the video ended up on the Internet with a different meaning.”
Lawyer Alexandra Gudimenko said Maria could face a fine under Section 2 of Section 148 of the Criminal Code if prosecuted.
Asked if Maria should be prosecuted for her involvement in the photo op, Ukrainian-born Russian political commentator Anatoly Wasserman replied: “I wouldn’t want to see that.
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“I would, of course, prefer that there was an opportunity to reason with such people.
“Unfortunately, it’s too late for older children to be spanked for their stupidity.”
Naila Ziganshina, head of the Muslim Women’s Union of Russia, said she didn’t know if Maria’s brain was “working properly” and the photoshoot was only done to “catch attention”.
It is not known whether a police investigation has been opened into the incident.