Skip to content. Although it's hailed as one of the most liberal countries in the region, the skier acknowledged in a Facebook post that it is still in many ways a "conservative" country. Last Wednesday, Lebanon's Sports and Youth minister even ordered an investigation into the photos, which Chamoun said were part of a photo shoot for a ski calendar and were never meant to be made public. In an explainer posted on their website, the group said, "March has of course supported [Jackie Chamoun], her personal freedom and her right to choose. But what about the other women who deserve the same attention and coverage: victims of domestic violence.
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By Josie Ensor. A Lebanese skier competing in the Sochi Winter Olympics has sparked controversy back home after posing topless for a calendar. The photos show Jackie Chamoun, 22, standing half-dressed in the snow holding strategically placed ski equipment to protect her modesty. The risque pictures were stills from a video of the photoshoot shared online which did not make it into the Austrian sports calendar published last month. Lebanon is considered one of the most liberal countries in the Arab World, where women are free to wear skimpy clothes and where alcohol is widely available. Sochi snow queen Jones basks in the sun.
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But a video of the photo shoot and stills from the film, which leave rather less to the imagination, emerged online this week, sparking criticism in some quarters after they were featured on Lebanese television. Chamoun took to Facebook on Tuesday to publicly apologise for the video and stills, which she said showed the preparation for the photo shoot, rather than the final product. Lebanon is considered among the most liberal countries in the Arab world, with women generally free to wear the skimpiest of attire, and alcohol widely available. The year-old Chamoun is competing in her second Winter Olympics representing Lebanon in alpine skiing. You are causing no shame whatsoever to Lebanon. JackieChamoun in a slightly revealing photo shoot: scandal. You can manage them any time by clicking on the notification icon.
A Lebanese alpine skier competing in Sochi is in hot water at home after topless photos of her taken during a photo shoot for an Austrian sports calendar surfaced on the Internet. The calendar pictures, taken a few years ago, show Jackie Chamoun , now 22, standing in snow amid ski equipment. But a leaked video of the photo shoot, filmed in a ski resort outside Beirut and aired this week on Lebanese TV along with stills, showed more revealing images of the Olympian. Lebanon is often considered one of the most open and tolerant countries in the Middle East. But the images still ruffled some feathers there. I know that Lebanon is a conservative country and this is not the image that reflects our culture.