Murdoch had staunchly defended "Page Three girls" for decades. But pressure on Britain's best-selling paper had intensified in recent years, with a campaign drawing support from politicians, trade unions, universities and a breast cancer charity, among many others. The Times, also owned by Murdoch's News Corp, reported that The Sun had decided to quietly drop Page Three girls and that the tycoon had signed off on the decision. It said topless women would still feature on the dedicated Page3.
U.K. Sun's 'Page Three girls' no longer topless
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Page 3 is a British tabloid newspaper tradition of publishing an image of a topless woman on the third page, the vast majority of whom are glamour models. The concept originated as an occasional feature in The Sun in , designed to compete with the Daily Mirror , which was publishing pictures of women in lingerie and bikinis. By the mids, The Sun had made Page 3 a prominent feature. By the s, the Daily Mirror removed images of topless women from its publications, citing them as "demeaning to women". However, in a new satirical publication, Sunday Sport , entered the market and began featuring topless women as a softcore publication.
Page 3: Topless model appears in The Sun for first time in almost a week
It had been widely believed the hotly contested segment had finally come to an end after 44 years in the newspaper's print edition. But under the text "Clarifications and Corrections", Thursday's edition of the paper states: "Further to recent reports in all other media outlets, we would like to clarify that this is Page 3 and this is a picture of Nicole, 22, from Bournemouth. The Sun previewed the image with the text "we've had a mammary lapse" next to "see Page 3" on its front page.
Sunshine Girl refers to pinup girls featured in most of the daily newspapers of the Sun chain in Canada. The feature started with the Toronto Sun , which was launched in , and was adapted from British tabloids with similar featured women. While the British tabloids started publishing photos of topless models in , the Sunshine Girls have never been photographed in this manner. The photos usually feature a clothed or swim-suited female model, actress, athlete. Although primarily published in color since the s, prior to this the feature alternated between color and black and white and was exclusively black and white in the s and early s.