Toplessness is more common and less controversial in the fields of entertainment, fashion, and the arts than it is in society as a whole, especially when it is perceived to have artistic merit. In a review of the literature, Paul Okami concluded that there was no reliable evidence linking exposure to parental nudity to any negative effect. Archived from the original on 6 October In the United Kingdom, following a tradition established by the British newspaper The Sun inseveral mainstream tabloid newspapers feature topless female models on their third page, known as Page 3 girls. Rudi Gernreich" in German.
The word "topless" usually refers to a woman who is naked above her waist or hips or, at least, whose breasts are exposed to public view, specifically including her areola and nipples.
The artifacts in the Ancient Siam open-air museum near Bangkok depict Thai women topless. Portrait of a Gipsy Maiden by Carol Szathmari. In much of contemporary Western societyit is not culturally acceptable for women to expose their nipples and areola in public. In LaosHenri Mouhot took a picture in of Laotian women that depicted virgins with clothed breasts and married women with their entire breasts exposed in public, because the baring of breasts for breastfeeding was considered to be nonsexual. Topfree sunbathing is considered acceptable by many on the beaches of Finland, France, Spain, Italy and most of the rest of Europe and even in some outdoor swimming pools ; however, exposure of the genitals is restricted to nudist areas in most regions. Functional nudity for a short time, such as when changing clothes on a beach, is sometimes acceptable, while staying nude on the beach generally is not nor is it legal in some jurisdictions.