Model jailed for impersonating a police officer in photo shoot

Wang Xiaomen 
By: Sarah Weiss 

A Chinese model was found guilty of impersonating a police officer.
The model was arrested for posing in an official-looking uniform after her photo shoot.

Wang Xiaomen, 23, was paid more than $400 for her services. The photos were supposed to be used to promote a new crime novel.

In the photo session, Xiaomen posed in different settings, all while wearing the police uniform. In one pose she was sitting on a bed wearing a police shirt and underwear, while in another photo she was putting on a pair of sheer black stockings.

She was arrested after the photos were uploaded to the Chinese version of Twitter. She wrote: "As a new cop in my hometown, I need to learn the basics. As one of the flowers of the force, I am under pressure. I have to eat and drink with government leaders every day. I am using my flower status to dine with the leaders and win contracts for projects and investments!"

The images were re-tweeted more than 500 times and local officials ordered police officers to arrest the model after people brought it to their attention.

Xiaomen told the court that she was paid over $400 for the modeling session. She apologized and said: “The costume was just a prop, I was so ignorant."

A Judge in Fengtai, Beijing, found the model guilty of impersonating a police officer. She was sentenced to nine months prison, but she was given a suspended sentence.