History[ edit ] Beginnings and early years[ edit ] When Rupert Murdoch relaunched the flagging Sun newspaper in tabloid format on 17 November , he began publishing photographs of clothed glamour models on its third page in a move intended to help the paper compete with its principal rival, the Daily Mirror , which was printing photos of women in lingerie or bikinis. 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 November , the 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 Goodway , who became The Sun's principal Page 3 photographer until he retired in The feature, and the paper's other sexual content, quickly led to The Sun being banned from some public libraries. The first such decision was taken by 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
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History A selection of the Sun's current Page 3 girls When he relaunched the flagging Sun newspaper in tabloid format on 17 November , Rupert Murdoch began publishing photographs of clothed glamour models on its third page. The first edition featured that month's Penthouse Pet , Ulla Lindstrom , wearing a suggestively unbuttoned shirt. Page 3 photographs over the following year were often provocative, but did not feature nudity. On 17 November , editor Larry Lamb celebrated the tabloid's first anniversary by publishing a photograph of year-old German model Stephanie Rahn in her "birthday suit. Although these photographs caused controversy at the time, they are credited with the increase in circulation that established The Sun as one of the most popular newspapers in the United Kingdom by the mids. The Sun would often connect its Page 3 photographs to topical sporting events.