Model and social media star Newsha Syeh, 25, vented her frustration about the refusal to her 247,000 Instagram followers by sharing a photo of the low-cut black mesh ensemble in question, saying: ‘Yesterday at the Louvre, I was stopped at the entrance by a guard for my outfit.’
Ms Syeh said the incident last week left her ‘heartbroken’, but most social media users branded her outfit wildly inappropriate for the art gallery, with some accusing her of dressing like a sex worker.
In her post to Instagram stories, the blogger spoke of her humiliation at being denied entry by a security guard.
‘He made the most disgusted and horrible gestures and facial expressions, swore at me to cover up, with hate filled eyes stopped me entering.
‘I am heartbroken, because I thought the Louvre enforced this archaic rule. Turns out it does not.’
She posted a screen-grab of her Google search for the museum’s dress code, the result of which indicated the gallery does not stipulate specific clothing regulations.
Speaking to Femail, Turkish-born Newsha said: ‘I’ve been to the Louvre before, it’s beautiful!
‘It also hosts many portraits and statues of naked women, so I found it ridiculous that someone who worked there could be so offended and disgusted by the female body.
‘If I was visiting a sacred church I would absolutely understand, and dress accordingly.’
Explaining her love for fashion she continued: ‘I tend to be a little rebellious with the way I dress, but I was born in a country where women would be arrested just for showing their hair, so I celebrate the freedom other countries afford me now.’
Newsha added of the guard: ‘He eventually did let us into the museum after I put on my giant coat on that very hot day, but I didn’t feel in the mood to enjoy art anymore after that. We walked straight back out and enjoyed the rest of Paris.’
While the museum’s website does not specify a dress code, section 1, article 2 of its visitor regulations states that it is prohibited to ‘wear swimsuits, or be naked, bare-chested or barefoot’.
A review from an information guide at the top of the search results said: ‘There is no Louvre dress code; you can wear for visiting the Louvre what you want. Just have in mind that you are going to walk A LOT. Bring comfortable shoes. Dress in layers, like an onion.’
A significant number of people supported the guard’s decision, with one writing: ‘I’m glad you were turned away. There is a time and place for everything and it was certainly not the time or place for your outfit.
‘Show some respect for yourself and the places you visit. Leave the partial nudity for the clubs and your bedroom – young women need to get a clue!
‘The lack of respect for yourself and the Louvre is really disturbing. A lesson in class is sorely needed.’
Another agreed the outfit was unsuitable for the gallery and encouraged the model to dress more conservatively: ‘[Definitely] not appropriate for the Louvre, it’s a classy establishment. You are a beautiful woman, you don’t need those clothes to express yourself.’
‘You represent everything terrible and narcissistic about Instagram influencers – get a life! Looks like you’re dressed for the red light district instead of a museum.
‘You are pure click bait with zero taste, zero culture and zero sense of appropriate behaviour and respect for cultural institutions.
‘You look like you are a street walker…on an all-night bender, completely disheveled,’ other trolls wrote.
But some followers jumped to the model’s defence, flooding a picture in which she is wearing the controversial dress with comments of support and outrage.
‘I’m sorry that happened – I think your outfit is the most beautiful thing. Biggest love!’ one wrote.
Another recalled her own experience, claiming: ‘When I visited the Louvre with my sister a few years ago, we wore winter clothes with boots and [were] denied entry by security for being ‘under-dressed’.
‘They were so rude about it too and cussed us out until we had no choice but to walk away feeling embarrassed. Your outfit is beautiful.’
One follower branded the guard’s reaction old-fashioned, writing: ‘I’m speechless about what happened to you at the Louvre, the fact is there aren’t rules about what you can wear when you enter it.
‘We are in the 21st century and there are still people that are hostile about what you’re wearing and the way you wear it.’
Another user noted the hypocrisy of the guard’s refusal, as the Louvre is renowned for its nude paintings and sculptures.
The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, containing famous pieces including the Mona Lisa.
Located on the Right Bank of the River Seine, the museum is so vast that it is said that it would take one hundred days to look at every piece of art for thirty seconds – hence why visitors are advised to wear comfortable clothing.
This article has been adapted from its original source.