Hold your Instagram and Snapchat shots for just a second - it turns out there are still some sacred places left where shameless social media photography is not A OK.
Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo could face a fine after an 'unauthorised' photoshoot on a bench outside the Taj Mahal.
The 21-year-old American was seen trying on a pair of red high heels while both seated and reportedly even standing on a white marble bench - an act which has been deemed 'disrespectful' by Indian police.
The bench in question became known as the 'Diana Seat 'after Princess Diana was famously photographed seated on it during a solo visit in 1992, just before her divorce from Prince Charles.
According to the complaint a particular brand of shoe was taken out of a bag as part of an apparent promotion while the beauty queen and her entourage stood beside the marble bench.
Culpo then wore one of the sandals and held another in her hand, reportedly to advertise them, while cameramen accompanying her shot the scene with the Taj in the background, it claimed.
Local authorities have reportedly filed a case against the group saying that they violated strict rules by engaging in commercial activity within the premises of an archeologically protected monument.
A representative from the tourism police station in Agra confirmed Culpo has been "booked under various sections... of India's Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act."
"There are strict guidelines against any sort of branding and promotion at Taj Mahal and the photo shoot conducted was without any prior permission."
Reacting to the case, the Miss Universe Organisation released a statement apologising for "any unintentional harm our indiscretion and insensitivity may have caused."
Despite the controversy, Culpo, who is currently dating Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers continued to post photos to social media during the rest of her trip in India.
Gorgeous Taj Mahal #india #instabeauty #nofilter Thank you #India
Miss Universe is in India for 10 days to promote issues such as celebrating the girl child, women empowerment and AIDS awareness across the country.
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