Topless Page 3 ‘stunners’ axed

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WHAT has been a British tabloid institution for the past 44 years is now a thing of the past as The Sun newspaper has dropped its legendary and controversial Page 3 girl section.

The Guardian newspaper has reported that management at The Sun have taken the “landmark decision” to drop the tradition of featuring a glamour model on page three each day, and for the past few days the tabloid favourite has featured women in skimpy clothing, but not topless.

Recent Page 3 pictures have shown scantily clad models in bikinis and underwear, but not baring their breasts as had been the norm since the first Page 3 girl – Stephanie Rahn – stripped off in November 1970. It is reported that the feature will continue online, but not in print editions, and that the decision was taken by owner Rupert Murdoch.

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The Sun’s Irish edition dropped Page 3 girls in August 2013 and the decision to drop topless women from the UK edition will delight scores of critics who have labelled Page 3 as sexist and tasteless. The Sun’s Page 3 helped launch the careers of many British models including Samantha Fox, Linda Lusardi and Melinda Messenger.

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