Former Miss Croatia Ivana Knoll appears to be defying Qatar’s stringent World Cup dress code rules and once again ignited the fury of fans by showing off her racy outfit at Croatia vs Canada.
Knoll sparked controversy after wearing a Croatian flag-inspired dress during her country’s 0-0 draw with Morocco at the Al-Bayt Stadium last week.
World Cup organisers Qatar, who have been widely criticised for their human rights record, have insisted that fans attending the tournament must “show respect for local culture.”
Ahead of the World Cup, Qatar’s tourism authority warned that clothing for both men and women must cover their shoulders and knees.
“Visitors (men as well as women) are expected to show respect for local culture by avoiding excessively revealing clothing in public,” Qatar tourism’s authority said.
“It is generally recommended for men and women to ensure their shoulders and knees are covered.”
However, the 30-year-old stunner on this occasion was wearing a low-cut dress and her outfit matched her red-and-white checked socks as she posed at the Khalifa International Stadium.
Knoll shared photos and a video with her 780k followers on Instagram, but the social media influencer and model was met with fierce backlash once again.
“Apparently the same rules don’t apply to this woman,” one person commented.
While another wrote: “Inappropriate. Have respect for the culture of the country you are in. Travel 101.”
“Yuck! No class whatsoever,” someone else posted.
Another Instagram user added: “Nothing wrong, but you do not respect the rules that have been made.”
A fourth posted: “Respect other people’s culture whether you agree with them or not.”
Knoll has spoken out against Qatar’s dress code rules and said she was “shocked” to learn that showing certain parts of the body was “forbidden” in the country.
“First I was thinking if the World Cup is happening there, they for sure will allow everything to make it comfortable for all fans without any of their restrictions,” she said.
“Then I heard about the rules and I was shocked. In the dress code, you’re forbidden from showing your shoulders, knees, belly and neck.
“I was like, ‘OMG, I don’t even have clothes covering that all.’”
Featured Image Credit: Ivana Knoll/Instagram