According to the magazine the answer is "yes", and the reasons are threefold. Loading comments… Trouble loading? Topics Fashion Fashion blog. But, according to two French women, it's more than a fear of skin cancer and political activism that has kept them covered up. Though probably universal, this attitude towards topless sunbathing has had the biggest impact in France. Pfeiffer blames "pop-porn culture — Miley Cyrus to American Apparel, ie aggressive naked imagery of young girls" — for the shift in perception of going topless. Ever since Brigitte Bardot took off her top on the French Riviera in the s, the correlation between topless sunbathing and women's liberation has been entrenched in French culture as a sign of true equality.
Katie. Age: 25.
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Emory. Age: 26.
The real reason French women have stopped sunbathing topless
Pfeiffer agrees that the shift has been generational: "Family albums here can be a strange thing, as you flip through three generations of bourgeois bra-less women. Though probably universal, this attitude towards topless sunbathing has had the biggest impact in France. It's a "worrying sign of a regression in the place of women".