The Sun published a picture of a topless woman again

By Drum Digital
22 January 2015

Britain's The Sun tabloid published a photograph of a bare-breasted woman on Thursday in defiance of widespread reporting that it had abandoned a 44-year tradition of running topless models on page three.

"We've had a mammary lapse," Britain's best-selling paper said, mocking reportage from sister paper The Times that it had bowed to pressure from feminist groups.

The Times, also owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, announced earlier this week that the nearly naked Page 3 Girl was no more.

"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 declared.

The No More Page Three group, which has picked up 215,000 supporters in its three years of campaigning and had been celebrating apparent victory, said in a tweet "joking about its return above a story sensationalizing sexual violence is deeply problematic."

In Germany, the largest selling daily tabloid Bild abolished its equivalent Page One Girl in March 2012 because "it no longer matches today's image of women."

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