The Sexy Women of Ottawa Sun – Sunshine Girls
Ever visited a bachelor’s room? If you have, then you must have noticed the different pinup model photos on the walls. In this modern era, you will come across several newspapers that also feature pinup models on their pages. It will not be wrong that they do so to attract more readers. Nonetheless, due to the growing popularity of pinup girls on newspapers, the number of models interested to become a pinup girl has also increased. If you are in Canada, you will find most of the daily newspapers of the Sun chain that feature pinup girls. They are normally referred to as Sunshine Girls.
The Toronto Sun that was launched in the year 1971, was the first daily newspaper that started to feature pinup girls. It is said that this was basically adapted from various British tabloids. These tabloids used to feature similar women. Although the British tabloids started publishing topless girls in the year 1970, the Sunshine Girls have never been photographed in such a manner.
If you look at some of the photos of the Sunshine Girls, you will notice that they are either photographed in a swim-suit or clothed. The girls may either be female models, athletes or actresses. Ever since the year 1990, the Sunshine Girls have been published in color. However, before that they used to use alternate color with black and white. These published photos were exclusively black and white back in the 1970s and early 1980s.
The Sunshine Girls were normally published on page 3 of the Sun during the 1990s. However, it was later shifted to the back page of the sports sections during the early 2000s. It was restored to page 3 in the year 2011. However, this was not done in all the versions of the Sun. the back of the sports sections always had a place for the pinup model. If you take a look at one of the daily newspapers in Canada, you will notice that two different photographs are used of the same Sunshine Girl every day. One is featured on the page 3 and the other at the back of the sports section.
Some of the popular Sunshine Girls include Ann Rohmer, Amanda Coetzer, Stacy Keibler, Trish Stratus, and Krista Erickson. You will also find additional images of the day’s Sunshine Girl posted every day on the website of Sun’s newspapers. This is done along with behind-the-scenes videos of some of the chosen models. At least twice every year the Sun Group comes up with a calendar that features a few selection of Sunshine Girls and also sells them. Normally, the girls that are chosen for the calendar are done so by the public both online and by a main-in vote.
There are have been several criticisms surrounding the Ottawa Sunshine Girl series. These criticism were mostly by readers and some media commentators for objectifying women. The critics have also denounced the series stating that it is rather inappropriate and degrading for a newspaper to publish such content. After all, newspapers are a medium that is supposed to publish credible journalism.
On the 14th of November, 1985, the Ontario Press Council upheld a minimum of one reader complaint stating that the feature portrays women as sex objects. However, no penalties were involved to this ruling. It was Margaret Coulter from Toronto who had made the complaint. She stated that the newspaper was not a suitable medium for the published photographs. This also made her feel offended and embarrassed in front of others. She also went on to say that she shared the same feelings for the Sunshine Boy feature.