Egyptian Actress To Stand Trial For Wearing Revealing Dress

An Egyptian actress is facing trial charged with public obscenity after she attended a Cairo film festival in a see-through embroidered gauze dress that revealed all of her legs.

Rania Youssef's trial, which is scheduled to begin on January 12, follows a complaint to the chief prosecutor by a group of lawyers.

Egypt is a mostly conservative country with a Muslim majority.

Youssef attending the closing ceremony of the 40th edition of the Cairo Film Festival wearing a black, lacy dress over a tight black body suit. Image: Getty

The Arab country of 100 million people has retained vestiges of secularism despite decades of growing religious conservatism.

Youssef faces up to five years in prison if convicted.