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Female Oktoberfest tourists slammed for ‘porno dresses’

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Oktoberfest, the weeks-long German celebration dating back to the 1800s, is known for beer, Bavarian food and parades, but recently it has become recognised for something else — scantily clad women, reported News.com.au (Australia).

At least that’s how some Germans feel, and Australians are among the worst offenders, Fox News reports.

In a newspaper interview, a Munich-based crime author accused tourists of poorly imitating dirndls, traditional Bavarian clothing worn by women during Oktoberfest.

“With the young women it often looks like porno dresses, short and low-cut and cheap material,” he told The Times.
“It has nothing to do with identity.”

According to reports, more people than ever have started wearing traditional Bavarian outfits to the world’s most popular beer festival.

Franz Thalhammer, 70, a former chairman of Munich’s Georgenstoana Baierbrunn folk group, called out Australian and Italian tourists specifically for sexualising the uniform.

“A dirndl is something nice — it can make almost anyone pretty. But some of the dresses you see these days are crazy,” he said.

“You go in a tent and it’s full of paralytic Australians and Italians and they’ve forked out €250 ($400) for a complete Bavarian outfit and think they’re Bavarians. It’s as if I’d walk around half naked and say I’m Australian.”

Shop owners have said that customers come into their stores wanting “sexier” versions of the traditional outfit.

“For women, we have either knee-length or shorter than knee-length dresses,” London shop owner Ulku Stephanides told the Daily Mail.

“People used to have a normal size. Now, because models are wearing these costumes, the girls come to the shop and they say, ‘I want to look sexy.’ They have their boobs out.”

The 55-year-old business owner said locals still buy the typical knee-length skirts, but the “new generation” is more interested in how it will look on social media.

“That’s the new generation. Last week I was serving one girl; she was like the Queen of Sheba. She was buying a costume for £20 ($33) and taking photographs to show friends on Instagram.

“She said, ‘I don’t look sexy enough. I have to go to Germany, to Oktoberfest.’”

Several have taken to social media to express their anger at the shortened skirts and plunging necklines. But there were some who embraced the updated look.

Oktoberfest, which kicks off in Munich on September 22, is expecting around 7 million visitors during the three weeks.

Last year, 6.2 million people attended the festival and drank 7.5 million litres of beer.

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