Brazilian Women Strip to Protest Ban on Topless Sunbathing

Thousands of women were expected to gather on Rio de Janeiro’s Ipanema beach, taking off their bikinis in defiance of Brazilian law, which describes female toplessness as an “obscene act”. Hundreds of photographers filled Ipanema beach, eager to catch a glimpse of the first women to strip in defiance of the law – but only a few women joined in. The protest was organised in response to an incident in November when actress Cristina Flores was stopped by police during a half-naked photoshoot on the beach.

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