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The Sun May Have Stopped Showing Topless Models On Page 3 And People Have A Lot To Say

The newspaper has yet to either confirm or deny the speculation. This post has been updated.

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On Thursday The Sun published a topless model on page 3.

The newspaper declared: "Further to recent reports in all other media outlets, we would like to clarify that on Page 3 of today's Sun is a picture of Nicole, 22, from Bournemouth.

"We would like to apologise on behalf of the print and broadcast journalists who have spent the last two days talking and writing about us."

Original story below.

It has been reported that The Sun will no longer feature topless models on Page 3 of the newspaper following a lengthy campaign calling for the feature to be scrapped.

PA / David Jones

On Monday, The Guardian claimed Britain's bestselling newspaper had called time on the section, which has run for over 40 years.

The story quoted insiders at the tabloid's publisher, News UK, and said the decision had been made to "kill off the controversial feature quietly".

“This comes from high up, from New York,” a senior executive is quoted as saying.

The news was enthusiastically welcomed by supporters of the No More Page 3 campaign, which for two years has been calling for the paper to drop the feature.

The Times had a story today claiming Friday's Page 3 may have been the last.

News UK's Times "understands that Friday's edition...was the last that will carry an image of a glamour model..."

Nick Sutton@suttonnickFollow

News UK's Times "understands that Friday's edition...was the last that will carry an image of a glamour model..."

10:43 PM - 19 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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However, The Sun has yet to comment on the speculation. This is what the paper's head of PR had to say on Tuesday morning.

Quite a bit of speculation out there today. One might think broadcasters like the BBC would get an official comment before running a story..

Dylan Sharpe@dylsharpeFollow

Quite a bit of speculation out there today. One might think broadcasters like the BBC would get an official comment before running a story..

7:38 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

This was the third page in the first edition of today's Sun.

Good morning. May I present today's page 3 of @TheSunNewspaper is this what anyone thinks is progress?

Emma Barnett@EmmabarnettFollow

Good morning. May I present today's page 3 of @TheSunNewspaper is this what anyone thinks is progress?

8:27 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

However, it was changed to cover the death of Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride in a second edition.

Page 3 of The Sun today - part of a two-page tribute to Anne Kirkbride.

Nick Sutton@suttonnickFollow

Page 3 of The Sun today - part of a two-page tribute to Anne Kirkbride.

6:14 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

It has not been unusual for the paper to drop the Page 3 feature when there is a large news story.

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And Page 3 still exists online, where Lucy from Warwick is posing topless today.

Today's #Page3 girl is flame-haired beauty Lucy. http://t.co/zStFZzL4ci

Page 3@officialpage3Follow

Today's #Page3 girl is flame-haired beauty Lucy. http://t.co/zStFZzL4ci

7:23 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Despite the lack of official confirmation, supporters of No More Page 3 are claiming victory today, and people are offering their congratulations.

Huge congratulations & thanks to @LucyAnneHolmes & all @NoMorePage3 for such an amazing & inspiring campaign! #peoplepower

Caroline Lucas@CarolineLucasFollow

Huge congratulations & thanks to @LucyAnneHolmes & all @NoMorePage3 for such an amazing & inspiring campaign! #peoplepower

7:51 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Congratulations to the fantastic campaigners at @NoMorePage3. Result!!

Yvette Cooper@YvetteCooperMPFollow

Congratulations to the fantastic campaigners at @NoMorePage3. Result!!

11:41 PM - 19 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Vey well done @NoMorePage3. Looking forward to @NoMoreWomenOnlyShownOnThatPageInBikinisorLingerie. #mightbebitlongforcampaigntitle

David Baddiel@BaddielFollow

Vey well done @NoMorePage3. Looking forward to @NoMoreWomenOnlyShownOnThatPageInBikinisorLingerie. #mightbebitlongforcampaigntitle

8:36 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Proud to have supported the @nomorepage3 campaign - brilliant result on the #page3takedown

Sadiq Khan MP@SadiqKhanFollow

Proud to have supported the @nomorepage3 campaign - brilliant result on the #page3takedown

8:14 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Glad to see an end to #page3. Well overdue such an outdated thing to see in mainstream press

Gail Maynes@gail_maynesFollow

Glad to see an end to #page3. Well overdue such an outdated thing to see in mainstream press

8:22 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Congrats to @NoMorePage3 for a sterling campaign.Those who complain they won't get to see a tit on a daily basis can just look in the mirror

Sarah Brand@sarahgailbrandFollow

Congrats to @NoMorePage3 for a sterling campaign.Those who complain they won't get to see a tit on a daily basis can just look in the mirror

7:56 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I am very pleased to see #page3 dropped from @TheSunNewspaper women are more than just a sum of their 'parts'

Caroline@sketchingkariFollow

I am very pleased to see #page3 dropped from @TheSunNewspaper women are more than just a sum of their 'parts'

7:33 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Some people, however, said reports that topless models would be replaced with celebrities posing in underwear meant it was not as great a victory as was being claimed.

Swapping nude girls for ones in bras is the cleverest thing the Sun could do. Now impossible to campaign against & nothing has changed.

Marc Burrows@20thcenturymarcFollow

Swapping nude girls for ones in bras is the cleverest thing the Sun could do. Now impossible to campaign against & nothing has changed.

11:36 PM - 19 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Struggling to see the new #page3 with added bra as some sort of victory tbh

Elena Cresci@elenacresciFollow

Struggling to see the new #page3 with added bra as some sort of victory tbh

7:49 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Topless to bra. Surely we could just send the chaps who want to see that a Victoria's secret catalogue and have done with it #page3

Elizabeth Ammon @legsidelizzyFollow

Topless to bra. Surely we could just send the chaps who want to see that a Victoria's secret catalogue and have done with it #page3

11:41 PM - 19 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Suspect Sun might have got rid of #Page3 years ago without campaigning of Clare Short, Harriet Harman et al making it hard to back down

James Chapman (Mail)@jameschappersFollow

Suspect Sun might have got rid of #Page3 years ago without campaigning of Clare Short, Harriet Harman et al making it hard to back down

8:01 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Others were disappointed to hear rumours of the feature's decline.

Am I the only female alive who thinks the demise of #Page3 is quite sad/nostalgic? End of an era

vanessamunnings@coolmunningsFollow

Am I the only female alive who thinks the demise of #Page3 is quite sad/nostalgic? End of an era

8:06 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

It's only a matter of time before everything we do will be dictated by comfy shoe wearing... No bra wearing... man haters #page3

Rhian Sugden@RhianmarieFollow

It's only a matter of time before everything we do will be dictated by comfy shoe wearing... No bra wearing... man haters #page3

8:30 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And some just made jokes.

This is signifcant - Saturday's p3 #page3

No more #page3. But how will I know what Chantelle, 21 thinks of the Chinese economic slow down now?

Marcher Lord@MarcherLord1Follow

No more #page3. But how will I know what Chantelle, 21 thinks of the Chinese economic slow down now?

8:25 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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I'm going to miss #page3 Why? Because of the insightful analysis of important news items. #thatsajokebytheway

Andrew Castle@AndrewCastle63Follow

I'm going to miss #page3 Why?

Because of the insightful analysis of important news items.

#thatsajokebytheway

8:28 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I think I've bought the wrong edition of The Sun - I've got this on Page 3.

Daisy Buchanan@NotRollergirlFollow

I think I've bought the wrong edition of The Sun - I've got this on Page 3.

8:54 AM - 20 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

BuzzFeed News has contacted News UK for a comment on the reports and will update this post if a statement is made.

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