National Geographic Includes Picture of Bare-Breasted Woman for First Time Hot

National Geographic Includes Picture of Bare-Breasted Woman for First Time

National Geographic, 1896

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For the first (but not the last) time, the National Geographic magazine includes a picture of a bare-breasted woman. The photo is of a Zulu bride and groom in Witwatersrand, South Africa. This sets a an important precedent for National Geographic to publish photographs of indigenous peoples "as they are" and not stage scenes or change behavior to suit western audiences.

Over time, though, the practice has raised questions about race and discrimination. The board of National Geographic is overwhelmingly white and male; the images of bare breasts have always been of non-white women. National Geographic has run large numbers of nude or semi-nude non-white women, but no images of nude or semi-nude white women.

The closest they've come is photos of white families at nudist beaches in Europe — but always from behind or in poses where white women are not revealed as much as non-white women have always been.

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