A model has defended herself after she was accused of breaking the law when she posed for topless photographs while vacationing in Dubai.

Now, I know what you're thinking...


While they may not meet everyone's taste, there's nothing actually illegal about a woman sharing consensual topless photos online, is there?

Well, the case is quite different over in Dubai.


Despite it being one of the most popular vacation spots in the United Arab Emirates - fifteen million tourists flock to the elusive city each year - it has many strict laws and customs.

There are many unusual ways in which a tourist can land themselves in trouble with the law in Dubai...


Such as eating or drinking on public transport, carrying foods that contain poppy seeds, and swearing on Whatsapp, as per Culture Trip.

But women, in particular, have to be very careful with how they behave in the UAE.

Although emirates such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai are an expat's dream, the UAE remains a Muslim country; therefore, women's rights still conform to Sharia law.

There are many restrictions as to what women can do or wear...


So, outside of their vacation resorts, women are expected to respect Sharia laws and dress codes.

Tourists aren't expected to wear traditional Muslim clothing, but they are still expected to adhear to certain dress codes.


While out in public, men and women alike are required to dress modestly, no matter how hot the climate - this typically includes being covered from the shoulders to the knees.

Tight clothing or see-through items are completely forbidden...


And underwear should be covered at all times.

This dress code applies in public places like malls, markets, cinemas, on the street, supermarkets, in cars, and in hotels.

Breaking this dress code or wearing revealing clothing won't exactly land a tourist in prison...


But it will result in a stern word from security guards or police and, in some instances, a fine.

But what about nudity?


Well, public indecency in the UAE brings with it much more severe consequences.

Public nudity in Dubai or any part of the UAE is a complete violation of public conduct...


And any person who commits a lewd act in violation of public decency - like stripping naked or exposing themselves in public - can be punished by a jail term of no less than 6 months.

Well, one tourist was recently accused of violating this law during a photoshoot...


And, while she didn't face any fines or prison sentences, she has been forced to come out and defend her actions after online backlash.

Brazilian model Luana Sandien sparked the outrage with a series of photos uploaded to her Instagram account...

Where she could be seen posing in the desert wearing loose-fitting, split-legged white trousers, a black and white headscarf... And nothing else.

Though she covered her exposed breasts with one hand...

​Little was left to the imagination, and her followers were quick to slam her for not respecting the country's strict laws on dress code, and for even breaking the law.

On her photoshoot, Luana told the Daily Star that she "didn't mean to embarrass" anyone...

But that she thinks people have been too quick to accuse her of "insulting the signs of state sovereignty."

She explained:

"It was one of the best pictures I've ever taken, but I didn't mean to embarrass anyone... I was careful to cover my breasts with my hands, knowing that in the country it is forbidden to be naked, and even so, I was threatened by haters."

Here's the incriminating photoshoot:

She wrote a Portuguese caption alongside it, which translates to, "The beauty of the desert is that it hides a water well anywhere... (Antoine de saint)."

What do you think?

Should Luana face the consequences of breaking the country's law? Or was she perfectly within her right to pose in this manner?