It sparked a government investigation, which in turn triggered a deluge of criticism in the main stream and social media against the political leadership over its priorities. The old footage of Chamoun posing topless in the snow for a photographer prompted a Lebanese government official to order an investigation. It was only after that decree that many people in Lebanon realized they had athletes competing at the Winter Games. Supporters took to social media immediately to criticize politicians for targeting the young athlete while seemingly ignoring corruption, nepotism, bombings and a litany of other problems. Now she is famous.
This photo will make you rethink Lebanon's topless skier story
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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.
The "I Am Not Naked" campaign, in which people are invited to strip off their clothes and be photographed, covering their private areas with a round sign saying StripForJackie, was started on the spur of the moment by friends of Ms Chamoun. The campaign has since taken Lebanese media by storm, dominating chat shows, newspapers and social networking sites including Twitter and Facebook. And it has gone beyond Ms Chamoun's breasts, kickstarting the conversation about what kind of a society Lebanon wants to be. The photographs of Ms Chamoun, which showed the young skier, who is currently participating in the Sochi Winter Olympics, posing in the snow in only her underpants, were offcuts from a calendar shoot that she had participated in three years ago. They were never meant for public consumption, and the mortified Ms Chamoun explained that she had no idea who had posted them online.