A former Page 3 girl is supporting a campaign to ban topless models from tabloid newspapers.
Nina Carter, one of the first Page 3 girls in the Seventies, said these pictures send out the wrong message.
She said: “We see and hear things everyday of women being attacked and raped, so this message of nudity in these family newspapers is not necessarily a good one.”
Nina Carter said that in her modelling years she never felt at risk, whereas she thinks today girls are.
She also said that in today’s society it is “dangerous for women to reveal all.”
Nina Carter is backing a campaign to ban Page 3 topless pictures which is lead by actress Lucy-Anne Holmes.
So far more than 40,000 people have signed her petition directly asking Dominic Mohan, The Sun newspaper editor, to remove pictures of topless women from his paper.
Lucy-Anne Holmes is concerned about the effect this “women as a sexual object” culture is having on young people.
In a comment piece for The Independent, she said the popularity of The Sun means young boys are learning that it’s “normal” to look at women in this way, and girls are seeing it as “something they aim for” or “something they fall short of”.
Liberal Democrat minister Lynne Featherstone has recently criticised topless pictures on Page 3 of The Sun.
She said they contribute to the sexualisation of women, and have a “great bearing on attitudes and domestic violence.”
Former Labour MP Claire Short tried and failed to introduce a private member’s bill to ban the feature in 1986.
The Sun newspaper has had photographs of topless women on its Page 3 since November 1970.