However, the nude images can still be found online at the Sun's page3.com
British tabloid The Sun has quietly put an end to its longstanding tradition of featuring a nude model on page three.
The Jan. 17 edition of the paper was the last issue to show a topless women, according to the Times.
However, the nude images can still be found online at the Sun‘s page3.com site.
“The models will continue to act as ‘ambassadors’ for events and campaigns backed by the newspaper,” the Times (which, like the Sun, is owned by Rupert Murdoch) reported.
The change comes after Murdoch described the practice as “old fashioned.”
The Sun has not commented on whether the move is permanent, with a spokesman for the tabloid cheekily telling the Times: “Page three of The Sun is where it’s always been, between pages two and four, and you can find Lucy from Warwick at Page3.com.”
A campaign against the practice, known as No More Page Three, said the move was “truly historic news and a great day for people power.”
The change was also lauded by Britain’s education minister, Nicky Morgan, who called it a “long-overdue decision.”
It “marks a small but significant step towards improving media portrayal of women and girls,” Morgan said. “I very much hope it remains permanent.”