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Canada Toronto Caribbean Carnival to have topless performers in bid to boost body positivity

A small group of topless performers will be taking part in the Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s parade this weekend in a bid to send a message about body positivity.

Yvonne Stanley, a photographer who is working on a multimedia body-positivity project, says she approached organizers with a proposal for topless masqueraders.

She says she wants to spark a conversation about desexualizing women’s bodies.

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Stanley also says she isn’t worried about potential backlash to the performers – who will have airbrush paint and jewels on their chests – since the parade routinely features participants wearing revealing clothing.

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is one of the largest Caribbean festivals in North America.

Its parade takes place on Saturday.

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