Three adventurous travellers have sparked a new global craze – for topless snapshots from around the world.
Olivia Edginton, Lydia Buckler, 21, and Ingvild Marstein Olsen, 20, have won thousands of fans across the world with ‘The Topless Tour’ project encouraging people around the world to strip to the waist with their Topless Tour project, reports the U.K.’s Orange News.
People around the world are following their lead and posting photos of themselves from behind as they expose their naked chests –be it in crowed cities or on remote mountaintops.
And now scores of people around the world are following their lead by shedding their tops for the camera and posting the photographs online.
However, the photographs are tamer than the name would indicate – with only the women’s backs displayed. Explaining the concept, Olivia, 20, said: ‘The Topless Tour is the opening of your bare chest and heart to the world.
A Topless Social Media Phenomenon
The Topless Tour currently has over 9000 followers on Instagram, and their Facebook page has received thousands of likes and hundreds of picture submissions from 28 countries – including as far away as USA and Australia and even Pakistan and Palestine. Travelers spread the word by tagging their photos with #TheToplessTour.
It seems The Cycling Doctors, previously covered on kickasstrips.com here, were aware of this trend before it even started as they engaged in some #toplesstour photos in early 2013, while on their biking trip around South-America.
‘It sounds really cheesy on paper, but it really connects you with the people you love. The experience is a whirlwind of different emotions and it’s so nice to share it with others.
Neil Skywalker, the author of “Around the World in 80 Girls; The Epic 3-year Trip of a Backpacking Casanova” would without a doubt look at it from an entirely different angle!
The girls added: ‘Our family and friends are really supportive. Most of them have even taken part themselves.
‘Everyone is very proud of the message, our parents think it’s really refreshing for young women to be embracing who they are and love for their body. It is something we don’t hear enough about these days.’
The girls, who are roommates in Greenwich and study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, have so far posed topless in Oslo, New York, Manchester, Berlin and London.
The Topless Tour was established in Christmas 2012 while the girls visited Ingvild’s hometown of Brumunddal and were taken for a walk around nearby Lake Mjøsa, the largest in Norway.
Ingvild said: ‘We had been for a walk around the lake and very spontaneously decided to see how cold we could really feel – it was then we lost our topless virginity. ‘It was surprising to see how much your body adjusted to the temperature, it felt so natural, so free. We soon became addicted.
Lydia, originally from Stratford-upon-Avon, added: ‘The Topless Tour isn’t just our story anymore, it’s becoming a part of so many adventures and lives. ‘It is so humbling to know that we are in some way responsible. We are very excited about its future as it has so much potential and can’t wait to see what is in store.
‘So far we haven’t got in too much trouble, we get the occasional tut and shake of the head, but generally the response is surprisingly more positive. ‘We always seem to make people smile and laugh – especially when we’re on skis.’
Other ‘Topless’ Travelers
We would like to contribute some photos of Wim Hof’s Topless climb of both Mount Kilimanjaro and Everst and the guys & girls whop participatedin the World Naked Bike Ride to the #TheToplessTour database.
They are just to kickass to be left out.
Another great addition to the #ToplessTour photo database comes from The Naked Handstander, who follows the girls’ rulebook by only showing his bare back and bum on his ‘topless’ handstand photographs. Read his story here.
He might want to have a chat withy @Brookewillson who does Topless handstands. The below one is with a gorgeous view from Alberta in Canada.
The Topless Tour is planning to visit Italy, Croatia and Sweden this summer to further spread the word.
So keep your eyes open for some topless-ness in that area!
If you are out of luck for this, you can always participate in a global ‘pants off activity’ during next years No Pants Subway Ride!
Equally Kickass Awesome.
#TheToplessTour keeps on gaining momentum and they have reached over 20,000 likes on their facebook page. New kickass topless photos keep on appearing from exotic locations around the world. Here follows a selection of our favourite ones: