The end of the ‘Page 3 Girl’

Britain’s best-selling tabloid, The Sun, has finally ended the eponymous ‘Page 3 Girl’, after the long-standing newspaper printed pictures of its final topless glamour model in last Friday’s edition.

The Times reported today that The Sun will no longer feature topless glamour models, dropping the controversial feature after 44 years. The Page 3 pin-ups came about in 1970, less than a year after Rupert Murdoch bought the The Sun. However, the News Corp boss signalled last year that he was deliberating over dropping the feature.

Government ministers, including UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, welcome the move. “This is a long-overdue decision and marks a small but significant step towards improving media portrayal of women and girls. I very much hope it remains permanent,” said Morgan.

Others have also embraced reports that the Sun has dropped Page 3 girls – with some branding the controversial feature “old-fashioned sexism”.

Asked whether David Cameron welcomed the apparent demise of the Page 3 topless model, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The PM always thinks that what newspapers publish is a matter for newspapers. It is his view that editors’ decisions are for editors,” said the PM’s spokesperson. “There is an important point around the independence of newspapers making their own publishing decisions.”

However, another British newspaper, The Daily Star, has said it is proud to continue the Page 3 tradition, which it said “brightens the day” for readers and added: “Page 3 is as British as roast beef and Yorkshire pud, fish and chips and seaside postcards. The Daily Star is about fun and cheering people up. And that will definitely continue!”

Former Labour MP Clare Short commented that the demise of the Page 3 Girl was a “small but symbolic” step for feminism.

Why not watch this candid interview featuring The Sun’s most famous Page 3 Girl, Samantha Fox, reflecting on what it was like to be paraded in the paper’s controversial feature.

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