Statue of Liberty ‘modelled after Muslim woman to taunt President Trump's Muslim Ban

The 45th American President Donald Trump has managed to cause so many political, social and racial uproar since he assumed oval office. 

Among them is the revelation comes just days after Donald Trump enforced a ban on Muslim majority countries in an immigration crackdown. 
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But investigators have now suggested that Lady Liberty was first modelled on an Egyptian peasant woman.

The statue has been a symbol of welcoming immigrants to the US.
“Early models of the statue were called 'Egypt Carrying the Light to Asia'”Barry Moreno

A plaque beneath it reads: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”.

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the architect behind the world-famous statue, originally planned for it to stand at the Suez Canal in Egypt.

His wish was for the huge monument to welcome ships into the harbour of the mammoth canal in north Africa.

Barry Moreno, a historian on the statue, said: "Taking the form of a veiled peasant woman, the statue was to stand 86 feet high, and its pedestal was to rise to a height of 48 feet.

"Early models of the statue were called 'Egypt Carrying the Light to Asia’.”
But officials in Egypt rejected his plan for the statue, so instead the French architect took his plans to America.

When Bartholdi moved the statue to New York he changed the design to a Roman Goddess of Liberty.

It was erected in 1886 and keeps guard over the New York Harbour today.

Historians think the woman who served as the model for Lady Liberty’s face as it is seen today was Bartholdi’s mother, Augusta.
Debates behind the origin of the statue have erupted after Donald Trump’s controversial “Muslim ban”.

The travel ban from seven Muslim-majority nations has sparked widespread uproar, both in the US and the world.

One British war hero and Victoria Cross recipient told how he was “humiliated” after being held up by US border officials.


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