Three former Romanian gymnasts who were banned for their nude appearances in a Japanese magazine and adult movie are to be offered the key to the city in Bucharest.
Bucharest Mayor Traian Basescu says he wants to show his support for the girls' gesture of having the courage to do what they want with their lives.
He told the Libertatea newspaper: "I will give the three gymnasts the key to the city of Bucharest, after January 1, as soon as they will be able to come and take it.
"The world must understand their former professional activity and the gesture they recently did are two different things. Now they are allowed to do whatever they wish with their lives."
The former gymnasts, Lavinia Milosovici, Claudia Presecan and Corina Ungureanu, were criticised after they posed naked for a Japanese magazine and filmed in the nude in an adult movie which was broadcast by a private TV network.
The mayor of Bucharest is also a controversial figure in Romania as the man who wanted to cull all the stray dogs of the city.
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