The Sun’s longstanding Page 3 is no moreCurrent affairsNewsPolitics & Social issues
After over four decades of print and following wide speculation back in September, the Sun’s iconic Page 3 is no more.
The weekly publication, which featured topless glamour models, was branded by many as sexist and outdated.
Confirmed by The Times, a sister publication also owned by Rupert Murdoch, last Friday was to be the final edition of the controversial tradition, with model Lissy Cunningham concluding this chapter of the newspaper’s legacy.
Page 3 will now be available digitally through the Sun’s website.
Despite the end of Page 3, scantily-clad women did not stray far from the newspaper’s latest editions: Rosie Huntington-Whitely modelled her M&S lingerie collection in Monday’s edition, whilst Tuesday’s print saw Hollyoaks actresses in their bikinis as they holidayed in Dubai.
The Sun follows in the steps of its Irish publication, the Irish Sun, which discontinued naked imagery back in August 2013.
No More Page 3 (NMP3), a campaign founded by Lucy-Anne Holmes, has collated 217,000 signatures since 2012 in a bid to remove the page.
Up until 2003, the publication allowed models aged 16 and above to feature on Page 3.
A representative of NMP3 spoke of the victory, indicating that the change in policy “could be a huge step for challenging media sexism”.