Lebanese men and women are stripping down for photos in support of skier and Olympian Jackie Chamoun, whose own semi-nude pictures launched threats of a government investigation earlier this week. Several media outlets in Lebanon published daring photos and videos of Chamoun on Monday from a photo shoot for an Austrian ski calendar three years ago. The shoot sparked a series of condemnations from Lebanese sports officials; Minister of Youth and Sports Faisal Karami called for an investigation by the country's Olympic Committee, which then demanded an investigation by the Lebanese Ski Federation. She said that the photos were not shown in the ski calendar and were not intended to be published. But many Lebanese, particularly those in cosmopolitan Beirut, seemed to disagree.
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Lebanese are stripping down and taking social media by storm in solidarity with an Olympic skier who has come under fire back home for some racy photos. The StripForJackie social media campaign has unleashed a wave of funny, nearly-naked photos online in response to the backlash over sexy photos of Lebanese Olympic Alpine skier Jackie Chamoun. The photos just surfaced on the Internet ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics. StripForJackie is going off control! Tanguy, you are epic. While Beirut is known for its cosmopolitan high fashion, segments of Lebanese society are still extremely conservative by Western standards and some questioned whether Chamoun was properly representing the country at the Olympics.
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Jackie Chamoun appears in the behind the scenes video, posted to YouTube by Beiruting. BEIRUT - Lebanon has long been known as the most liberal Arab country in the Middle East, many of its women unafraid of baring the kind of flesh that would invite scorn and outrage elsewhere in the region. But it remains conservative, at least by western standards, and topless images that have surfaced in the past few days of skier Jackie Chamoun, representing Lebanon at the Sochi Winter Olympics, have created such an uproar that the Lebanese Olympic Committee has been asked to investigate her. Chamoun, 22, is one of just two Lebanese Olympians in Sochi, set to compete in the slalom and giant slalom skiing events next week.
For many people skiing is not only a sport but also an excuse to show off glitzy costumes. However, for others it offers a chance to impress without any costume at all. This is exactly what happens during Boogel Woogel festival at Sochi's Roza Khutor ski complex, which took place from March 29 to April 1 this year.