Page 3 was a feature in the British tabloid newspaper The Sun for over 44 years, from November until January It consisted of a large photograph of a topless female glamour modeloften known as a "Page 3 girl," usually published on the third page of the print edition. When The Sun became a tabloid on 17 Novemberit began intermittently publishing images of clothed glamour models on its third page.
The editors introduced nudity on 17 November when they printed an image of Page 3 pics model Stephanie Khan in her "birthday suit" Page 3 pics celebrate the newspaper's first anniversary as a tabloid. Topless Page 3 girls soon became a regular feature in The Sun and are credited with helping to boost the newspaper's circulation significantly in the s and s.
Some Page 3 girls became household names.
Samantha Foxwho appeared on Page 3 from toPage 3 pics one of the most photographed British women of the s,  and famously earned more than then-prime minister Margaret Thatcher while still in her teens.
The Daily Star called its topless models "Starbirds.
Page 3 generated considerable controversy throughout its run. Critics often argued that Page 3 objectified and demeaned women. Others believed that images of topless glamour models were inappropriate for a generally circulated national newspaper.
Campaigners regularly advocated for legislation to ban Page Page 3 pics or tried to convince newspaper owners and editors to voluntarily eliminate the feature or modify it so that models no longer appeared topless.
Campaigns against Page 3 proved fruitless for many years, with The Sun often branding opponents of the feature, such as Page 3 pics MP Clare Shortas killjoys. However, pressure increasingly mounted on the publication to end the feature after activists launched a No More Page 3 campaign in The decision was subsequently taken to drop Page 3 from the UK edition as well.
On 19 Januaryanother News UK title, The Timesreported that it "understands that Friday's edition of [ The Sun ] was the last that will carry an image of a glamour model with bare breasts on that page. This seeming intent to restore topless models caused a media and social media backlash, after which no further Page 3 images appeared in the print edition.
As of Septemberthe Page3. When Rupert Murdoch relaunched the flagging Sun newspaper in tabloid format on 17 Novemberhe began publishing photographs of clothed glamour models on its third page. The first edition featured that month's Penthouse PetUlla Lindstrom, wearing Page 3 pics suggestively unbuttoned shirt.
Page 3 photographs over the following year were often provocative, but did not feature nudity. Whether it was editor Larry Lamb or Murdoch who decided to introduce the Page 3 feature is disputed, but on 17 Novemberthe tabloid celebrated its first anniversary by publishing a photograph of year-old Singapore born model Stephanie Khan in her "birthday suit" i.
Sitting in a field, backlit by the sun, with one of her breasts visible from the side, Khan was photographed by Beverley Goodwaywho became The Sun ' s principal Page 3 photographer until he retired in Page 3 was not a strictly daily feature at the beginning of the s. The feature, and the paper's Page 3 pics sexual content, quickly led to The Sun being banned from some public libraries.
The first such decision was taken Page 3 pics a Conservative council in Sowerby Bridge, Yorkshire, although it was reversed after a series of local stunts organised by the newspaper and a change in the council's political orientation in The feature is partly credited with the increased circulation that established The Sun as one of the most popular newspapers in the United Kingdom by the mids.
The Sun made some stylistic changes to Page 3 in the mids. It became standard to print Page 3 photographs in colour rather than in black and white. Captions to Page 3 photographs, which previously contained sexually suggestive double entendrewere replaced by a simple listing of models' first names, ages, and hometowns. After Page 3 pics its readers, The Sun in instituted Page 3 pics policy of featuring only models with natural breasts.
BeforeBritish tabloids sometimes featured and year-old girls as topless models. The Daily Sport was even known to count down the days until it would feature a girl topless on her 16th birthday, as it did with Linsey Dawn McKenzie in Afterthe legal age for topless modelling was raised to During her tenure as deputy editor of The SunRebekah Brooks argued that Page 3 lowered the newspaper's circulation because women readers found the feature offensive.
When she became the tabloid's first female editor in Januaryshe was widely expected either to terminate the feature or to modify it so that models no longer exposed their breasts. However, Brooks changed her position and became a Page 3 pics advocate of the feature. Critics usually considered Page 3 to be demeaning and objectifying to women, a form of softcore pornography  that was inappropriate for publication in a national newspaper readily available to children.
Page 3 pics campaigners sought legislation to have Page 3 banned.
Others, wary of calling for government censorship of the press, sought to convince newspaper editors and owners to voluntarily remove the feature or modify it so that it no longer featured a topless female model. A YouGov survey carried out in October Page 3 pics marked differences in attitude toward Page 3 among readers of different newspapers. The Sun has responded to such campaigns with mockery. When Short tried in to introduce Page 3 pics House of Commons bill banning topless models from British newspapers, The Sun branded her "killjoy Clare".
In AugustLucy-Anne Holmes, a writer and actress from Brightonbegan a grassroots social media campaign called No More Page 3 with the goal of convincing The Sun 's editors to voluntarily remove Page 3 from the newspaper.
Holmes stated that she Page 3 pics the campaign after noticing that despite the achievements of Britain's women athletes in the Summer Olympicsthe largest photograph of a woman in the nation's biggest-selling newspaper was "a massive image of a beautiful young woman in her knickers".
At the Liberal Democrats party conference in Page 3 picsformer MP Evan Harris with the support of others, lent support to Holmes' campaign by proposing a party motion to "[tackle] the projection of women as sex objects to children and adolescents by restricting sexualised images in newspapers and general circulation magazines to the same rules that apply to pre-watershed broadcast media".
In an October radio interview, Clegg said he did not support a legislative ban on Page 3, believing that government in a liberal society should not dictate the content of newspapers.
The Leveson Inquiry heard arguments for and against Page 3.
Representatives of women's groups including Object and the End Violence Against Women Coalition argued that Page 3 was part of an endemic culture of tabloid sexism that routinely objectified and sexualised women. The inquiry also heard testimony from Sun editor Dominic Mohan, who argued that Page 3 was an "innocuous British institution" that had become a "part of British society".