Sadly it looks like The Sun’s Page3 has become a think of the past. The last new set on Page3.com was on March 29th 2017. There has been no official word from The Sun on the matter, but all fingers point to the demise of this beloved institution.
The Page3 feature first appeared in the Sun on the 17th of November 1969 with clothed models, with topless models first appearing a year later on November 17th 1970. Page3 has been around for almost 50 years, even if only digitally since Jan 2015. Hundreds of models have appeared in photos taken by dozens of photographers, makeup and hair artists and other behind the scenes personnel. It brought us related things like the much beloved Sun calendar, Page3 Lodge and Page3 Idol. Page3 models were often seen taking part of charitable events, and showing their support for various causes like Help For Heroes and Coppafeel.
It was a sad day when The Sun caved under the pressure by a vocal minority to eliminate Page3 from it’s physical paper. It is an even sadder day to see it all end, and for the Sun to just let it die with no official acknowledgement, a slap in the face to its fans, the models, photogs and anyone who worked behind the scenes, and most importantly a huge insult to the institution of Page3 itself.
Since there is yet to be an official announcement, and it has only been a week, there’s still a glimmer of hope that Page3 will live on, but that glimmer is fading away with each passing day. I hope the Sun proves me, and all other fans who fear it’s demise, wrong.
Update #1 (April 8th 2017)
I’ve spoken with a few of the Sun Page3 models and they state that they haven’t heard anything, that they are as much in the dark as we are and that they have not shot any new sets for Page3.com recently. There’s still no official announcement from The Sun on the state of Page3, but the outlook isn’t looking good.