Uschi Obermaier — 60 Years Old, Still A Hot Chick

They’ve just made a film about her life (“Das wilde Leben/The Wild Life”), and it looks like every major German newspaper and magazine features some article about her. In addition, some TV station scheduled a late-night talk show with her, a former lover of hers, and the two actors who portray them in the movie. Essentially, a few sentences sum up her story: her “wild life” begins in the notorious Kommune I in Berlin; she becomes a much sought-after model who dutifully shocks the German bourgeoisie with photos that expose her sensuality and her beautiful body; rock musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, and Keith Richards are nuts about her and vie for her favors; she travels through Asia and America with a wild and crazy guy who dies in a motor cycle accident.

My sister called me from Germany on the night of Uschi’s tv interview. Did I get to know her when she moved to Munich where I lived at that time? Well, not really; I saw her once or twice when she and some other Berlin expatriots dropped by in the commune where I lived. We always had lots of visitors; travellers would crash for a few days, friends of friends would knock at the door, those who lived nearby would drop in regularly. Being less decorative and more political than Uschi, I probably didn’t catch her attention. Soon after she arrived in Munich, I left and travelled to India (overland in a VW-bus; another story…), later to Japan, and from there to the United States.

Sex and drugs and rock ‘n roll, free love — in the late sixties, that was enough to shake established boundaries. Not too shocking though; Uschi was and is too attractive to cause serious confrontation. A collection of photos in the German magazine Stern shows how good she looks without clothes, even at 60.

But wait a minute. The Germany I left around 1970 I remember as being conservative, repressive, too authoritarian, moralistic. And yet, German magazines can print any number of photos of topless girls without having to add ugly black bars, their websites can show the same pictures without having to ask the potential visitors whether they’re 18 or not. Why is it that here in the United States the physical body and nudity are considered potentially dangerous for children and teenagers, while cop shows demonstrating horrific violence seem acceptable? A sweet movie like “Little Miss Sunshine” has an R-rating because of some swear words and the inclusion of a grandfather with a substance abuse problem, but a film like “Million Dollar Baby” got a PG-13, although the visual impact of some of the boxing scenes almost made me faint.

Why are European countries more loose and relaxed when it comes to nudity? Is there a relationship between the number of shootings and murders here in the States, and the fact that kids are allowed to watch violent shows on tv but may not see a naked breast, heaven forbid? Is this prudish, unreasonable attitude a remnant of a Puritan past, and does it, will it change?

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6 Responses to Uschi Obermaier — 60 Years Old, Still A Hot Chick

  1. ron jacobs says:

    I remember smoking hash in Frankfurt in 1971 or 72 at the Red star Commune and the poster of Uschi on the wall next to one of Che. She was something. A woman colleague and I were talking about the way Americans repress sexuality and encourage violence. That’s got to create problems.

  2. ron jacobs says:

    I remember smoking hash in Frankfurt at the Red star Commune and the poster of Uschi on the wall next to one of Che. She was something. A woman colleague and I were talking about the way Americans repress sexuality and encourage violence. That’s got to create problems.

  3. artnexus says:

    Yes, unsettling, disturbing, worrisome. It just drives me up the wall, especially when I compare this reaction to natural sexuality and nudity with the amount of brutal violence kids are allowed to watch. Completely nuts.

  4. Catana says:

    Very strange that I was ruminating this evening on the announcement of a news show that will take on the subject of sexual assault in elementary school. Their lead is the case of a seven year old girl “assaulted” by a younger boy. What is the world coming to? kind of thing. I really wonder if it isn’t a simple case of childish sexual exploration that might have been seriously disapproved of at one time, but was actually quite natural. But now it’s assault. As much emphasis as there is on sexuality in US society, we aren’t more accepting of what’s natural but becoming more puritanical. I suppose it’s a kind of backlash, but it’s unsettlingly extreme.

  5. Antibush says:

    Bush and the Republicans were not protecting us on 9-11, and we aren’t a lot safer now. We may be more afraid due to george bush, but are we safer? Being fearful does not necessarily make one safer. Fear can cause people to hide and cower. What do you think? Why has bush turned our country from a country of hope and prosperity to a country of belligerence and fear.
    Are we safer today than we were before?
    The more people that the government puts in jails, the safer we are told to think we are. The real terrorists are wherever they are, but they aren’t living in a country with bars on the windows. We are.

  6. seneca says:

    She does look fabulous!

    I do believe that it is known that Puritan-like laws do lead to more violent and to more sex crimes.

    I also believe America will not change because of the voting power of the religious right.

    Seneca

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