The Page 3 Girl, a feature of British tabloids for decades that allowed readers to turn the front page and stare at a topless woman over breakfast or on their commute to work, is getting covered up. The Daily Star, the final holdout in the market, has been trying a nipple-free Page 3 since the beginning of this month — although women still figure prominently on that page. Topless women on Page 3 have endured in British tabloids since the s, and are associated with The Sun, the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper with a circulation of about 1. The Sun reveled in the controversy around the images. Still, for many years, it helped propel celebrities like Samantha Fox, Katie Price and Linda Lusardi to stardom, and many women submitted pictures to the newspaper in the hope of being featured, Mr.
Almost two decades into the 21st century, the days of the Page 3 girl look to be finally over, after the Daily Star announced it would no longer feature pictures of topless women. The newspaper was the last daily print outlet maintaining the British tabloid tradition, after the Sun stopped doing so following political pressure in Although the Star will continue to feature photos of young women, they will no longer be topless, according to its editor, Jonathan Clark, who suggested it was time for a change. The move potentially brings to an end 50 years of topless photos in mainstream newspapers. The former Labour minister Clare Short, who was pilloried by the tabloids in the s when she repeatedly proposed banning the feature, told the Guardian her campaign had been vindicated. The decision also marks a U-turn for the Star, which has always taken an idiosyncratic approach to the newspaper business.
Page 3 was a British tabloid tradition of publishing an image of a topless female glamour model , known as a "Page 3 girl", on the newspaper's third page. Page 3 originated with The Sun in and was imitated in other red-top tabloids. Page 3 generated heated debates throughout its history.
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