A model who was accused of not 'dressing properly' was asked to leave the Vatican

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Too sexy for the pope: Influencer claims she was ‘disrespected’ after being thrown out of the Vatican for flouting the strict dress code in a short, figure-hugging dress and thigh-high boots

  • Influencer asked to leave Vatican after wearing long-sleeved dress and boots
  • Juju Vieira, 34, felt ‘disrespected’ and shared a video with her 26,400 followers
  • Commenters were torn over whether her clothes were appropriate or not 


An influencer claims she was thrown out of the Vatican for being ‘too sexy’ while wearing a fitted dress and long boots.

Juju Vieira, 34, who is originally from Brazil, was on a trip to Saint Peter’s Basilica at the heart of the holy city while in Rome on 30 January.

The Instagram model claims that, while there, she was told she was not dressed properly and asked to leave, but she insists she was in ‘winter clothes’ and not a ‘clubbing outfit’. 

The Vatican has a strict dress code for both men and women, which involves covering shoulders and knees, and Juju fell foul of the rules with her thigh-skimming mini dress. 

 Juju says she was not aware of the code before going to explore, and was dressed ‘comfortably’ in the kind of winter outfit she’d wear while out for a walk, consisting of a long-sleeved grey dress and over-the-knee boots. 

Juju Vieira was asked to leave during her visit to the Vatican after a man informed her she was not'dressed properly' while wearing a long sleeved grey dress and over-the-knee boots

Juju Vieira was asked to leave during her visit to the Vatican after a man informed her she was not ‘dressed properly’ while wearing a long sleeved grey dress and over-the-knee boots

The Brazilian influencer posted about her experience on Instagram in a video shared with her 26,400 followers yesterday

The Brazilian influencer posted about her experience on Instagram in a video shared with her 26,400 followers yesterday

She admits to not knowing there were rules before her visit but felt'disrespected' and'embarrassed' that she was asked to leave

She admits to not knowing there were rules before her visit but felt ‘disrespected’ and ’embarrassed’ that she was asked to leave

‘I went to the Vatican like everyone else goes to take pictures,’ she explained.

‘A gentleman who worked there came close to me and said that the place was for prayers and that I was not dressed properly and invited me to leave – “kicked” me out of the Vatican.

‘I was embarrassed because there were other people there who heard this. I felt disrespected.’

The website states: ‘Women are not permitted to wear sleeveless tops, crop tops, or tight shirts. 

The model shared the clothes she wore for her visit were comfortable clothes she would wear for a long walk, and insisted she would never have gone in something revealing

The model shared the clothes she wore for her visit were comfortable clothes she would wear for a long walk, and insisted she would never have gone in something revealing

Shoulders should be covered, and if wearing a skirt or dress, it must cover the knees.

‘It is usually a good idea for women to bring a shawl and a pair of leggings when visiting during the colder months, as well as a light jacket that can be rolled up into a pleasingly tiny bag.’

Juju says she was not aware of the code before going to explore and was dressed as she would normally for a day out.

The model said: ‘I didn’t even know there were rules.

After posting her experience to her instagram, some commenters informed the model that many people get asked to leave for not following the rules

After posting her experience to her instagram, some commenters informed the model that many people get asked to leave for not following the rules

Other commenters were sympathetic of JuJu's situation, and calling it'absurd' that she was asked to leave

Other commenters were sympathetic of JuJu’s situation, and calling it ‘absurd’ that she was asked to leave

Despite posing in revealing outfits for online, the model shared that comfort was her only concern while visiting the vatican

Despite posing in revealing outfits for online, the model shared that comfort was her only concern while visiting the vatican

What is the dress code for visiting the Vatican?

The clothing rules for the Vatican City apply to the Vatican Museums, St. Peter’s Square and St. Peter’s Basilica. To enter, visitors must follow strict requirements:

  • Both men and women must cover their knees and upper arms at all times. 
  • For women, shawls are an acceptable form of covering the shoulders as long as they are kept on throughout the visit. 
  • Women are prohibited from wearing any skirts that come above the knee. 
  • Men are prohibited from wearing hats indoors, while woman are allowed to continue wearing theirs.
  • Low cut tops are strictly discouraged for all. 
  • Guards will check the clothes of visitors while queuing and decide whether the clothes coverage is acceptable or not, before entering.

Source: Sightseeing Tours Italy 

‘A person of common sense will not visit the Vatican in club clothes. I was stylish in my winter clothes, everything matched.

‘I went in comfortable clothes that I would feel good in for long walks.

‘Comfort was my only concern.’

Juju posted about her experience on Instagram in a video shared with her 26,400 followers yesterday (@jujuvieira_oficial).

Speaking in Portuguese, she told her followers what happened and described it as an ‘unpleasant situation’.

One person wrote: ‘This is absurd my friend.’

Another simply posted shocked face emojis.

Others however claimed that it is common for people to be asked to leave for not following the dress code.

One person wrote: ‘Well, if you go dressed with deep necklines, very tight clothes, that’s normal.

‘They didn’t let my niece in also with a miniskirt and belly out.’

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