A group of party girls got more than they bargained for when they were recruited to attend a posh do in Rome on Sunday night.
Instead of canapés and cocktails, the 200 young women found themselves being encouraged to become Muslims.
It turned out the host was Libya’s leader, Col Muammar Gaddafi, in town for the UN food summit.
He spoke of the wonders of Islam and assured his guests it was not anti-women, as some critics argue.
The selection process had been rigorous; the identity of the host, a mystery.
The girls had to be beautiful, between 18 and 35 – and at least 1.70m tall.
The dress code was strict: plunging necklines and short miniskirts were most definitely out.
Two-hundred women passed muster and were bussed to a plush residential corner of the Italian capital.