The Sun scraps Page 3? Belfast glamour model says it's a regressive blow to modelling industry and feminism
A Belfast glamour model has slammed the reported decision of The Sun newspaper to stop publishing photographs of topless models on Page 3.
Britain's best-selling tabloid has not published the topless pin-ups since Friday, and has reportedly decided to quietly drop the feature.
Campaigners from No More Page Three are celebrating the reported decision.
On Tuesday, Page 3 featured two soap stars wearing bikinis.
The Times, a News International sister paper, ran a story in Tuesday's newspaper headlined "The Sun has got its top on . . . page 3 covers up after 45 years".
"It's an historic moment, but the devil will be in the detail, and there’s still a lot to be done," No More Page Three campaigner Angela Towers told The Independent.
However Belfast-based glamour model Laura Lacole said it was a backwards step.
"This is detrimentally affecting females. This is a female-orientated industry, females in front of and behind the camera as photographers, make-up artists and hair stylists.
"This is a blow to an entire industry that affects women. That is not in aid of the feminist movement, that is regressing something, it is taking away a right of women to express their sexuality.
"It is about celebrating and expressing that side of people and people appreciating that.
"That is an age-old dance between men and women and women and women, that appreciation of the nude form is something humans have and want to express that. It is fine and healthy."
The 25-year-old said many more people buy The Sun than had demanded an end to Page 3 and accused campaigners for the change of attempting to remove freedom of expression.
"The sales speak for themselves, the content of a newspaper is driven by sales, people vote with their pound on what they want to see in a newspaper and it is the highest selling newspaper in the UK with millions of copies. That tells you people want this content."
She said women would be the victims.
"It is women campaigning for women's rights taking away rights from women."
Topless Page 3 models were introduced by The Sun in 1970, less than a year after Rupert Murdoch bought the title.
Notably, The Sun will still have 'Page Three Girls' - but only online. A note at the bottom of today's page three directs readers onto the paper's website.
Additional reporting Independent
Further readingThe Sun Page Three: No More Page Three hails 'historic moment' amid reports tabloid newspaper has dropped topless models
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