Toronto’s annual Caribbean Carnival is about to get a whole lot more risqué. It was revealed this week that festival dancers will be topless at Caribana Toronto for the first time in the event’s 52-year history. According to CBC, the decision was thought up by celebrity photographer Yvonne Stanley, who wishes to change how women of colour view their bodies.

"We need some more positive representations of women of colour in the media," she said during an interview with CBC Toronto. "Where's the love for the bodies of women of colour? Where is the celebration?

Stanley is also the mastermind behind The Boob Book Project, a project that aims to provide a platform “to recognize, respect, and appreciate the spectrum of diverse breasts that exist. Intimate, raw, anonymous portraits and interviews inspire healing through representation and rapport,” a statement on the website reads.

“We hope to create a safe space for self-love and challenge the current standards and beliefs about beauty,” it continues.

The idea of female empowerment is an exciting idea to bring to the forefront of Caribana this year. However controversial it may be for women to show their breasts in public, it’s been legal for women to go topless in public space since a ruling by Ontario Court Of Appeal back in 1996.

The decision ended a lengthy court battle started by Gwen Jacob who was arrested by police in 1991 for walking topless down a street in Guelph, Ontario.

To prepare for the festival, Stanley reached out to several of the mas bands that will take part in Saturday’s parade and asked them to help establish a topless presence in the ceremony. One of the groups will reportedly be providing space on its float for four Boob Book Project "ambassadors," as well as two security guards.

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