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Backlash over bikini girl poster removal

STUNNED: Evans Head surfer and model Kirrah Cooke, 17, doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about her being photographed in a bikini.
STUNNED: Evans Head surfer and model Kirrah Cooke, 17, doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about her being photographed in a bikini. Jamie Brown

A HUGE stir was created when The Northern Star printed the news on Tuesday that Richmond Valley Council had removed a banner of a local surfer girl that was being used to promote the region.

The decision to remove the 'inappropriate' photo of local surfer Kirrah Cooke created a huge backlash, with the majority of commenters on The Northern Star's Facebook page saying the photo was very appropriate, and taken "very tastefully", as one person put it.

Clare Southwell said: "Our region is known for its incredible surf. This is a depiction of our beaches and those who are there every single day. This lifestyle is exactly what we should be utilising to market our region."

Others agreed the photo was a great representation of the region.

Sunae Reilly said: "Our community should be proud of our great beaches and the talented local surfers we have - male and female!"

Katrina Hume agreed: "Fit, healthy, outdoors. We should be offended by a picture of an unhealthy person sitting in their PJs, in a darkened, untidy room playing computer games 24/7."

Jack Scott said there are "far more inappropriate images used in a lot of advertising and pop culture".

Carolyn Choyce said it was "individual minds that are sexualising this picture".

"We want our girls to grow up with confidence and positive body image. Why throw a negative at a great looking person? To say it should be a guy in boardies is wrong," she said.

"Imagine a similar photo with a man instead. No problem? No problem."

Some others though shared different opinion:

Rachel Jenner said, "When there's a similar one featuring a topless bloke I'll be happy. That way they'll be targeting all gender markets equally."

Luna Petras chimed in: "Why just a white blond girl? Why not celebrate our diverse region?"

Sunae Reilly replied, "This white blonde girl is currently a state surfing champion - a great representative of our region. I do believe there are other posters throughout the area depicting our diversity and yet this was the only one to be removed."

 

1952: Paula Stafford is credited with making the first designer bikini in Australia.

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