(PIX11) — Actress and singer Selena Gomez is facing criticism for posing for photos with her ankles exposed at a prominent mosque in Abu Dhabi.
Gomez and other starlets brought in the new year in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Gomez posted several pictures of herself at the mosque on Instagram — including one with her ankle uncovered.
Officials at the mosque told TMZ that Gomez’s “sexy pose” was “disrespectful” of the house of worship and that laughing and smiling are strictly prohibited.
Gomez has since deleted the photo from Instagram.