Lebanese skier Jackie Chamoun apologized on her Facebook page Tuesday after photos from an old, racy photoshoot began to circulate on the net in recent days.
Chamoun, 22, skied for Lebanon in the Winter Games in Vancouver and will be participating in the women’s slalom and giant slalom in Sochi next week. A few years ago she participated in a photoshoot conducted by Mexican skier Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe (the guy who has the custom Mariachi ski outfit), who creates an annual calendar intended to promote the sport. Chamoun says the photoshoot took place three years ago, though the calendar was released last year. The shoot took place at Lebanon’s Faraya ski and featured male and female ski instructors.
It’s not Chamoun’s appearance in the calendar that caused issues, but rather images from a behind-the-scenes video that showed her topless at times that created a stir.
According to Time, the video went viral a few days ago after the local Al-Jadeed television highlighted it. In response, the AP says Lebanon’s Youth and Sport minister called for an investigation into the photos and video. He wanted to ensure the country’s reputation was holding strong as Lebanon is a more conservative country compared to the US and elsewhere.
Chamoun definitely seems bothered by all the attention to the issue. She wrote the following statement on her Facebook page.