Thai breast news goes worldwide

Thai breast news goes worldwide - November 24, 2003
Thai domestic news is not often a carried internationally except if it is about sex, traffic jams, elephants, or monkeys. Any story about these subjects is immediately broadcast throughout the world. Thus, it is no surprise that last week's debate over whether the breasts of fashion models should be visible (Bangkok is trying to promote itself as a fashion capital) and the sensational Thai Rath story about nipple stickers (implying that good girls will start using them--as opposed to just fashion models and sex workers) were eagerly reported internationally.


Here are some examples. Most are from wire stories, but it does show the kind of news the international media is eager to print about Thailand.
Models expose breasts, sparking Thai furore - Straits Times, Singapore
Exposing breasts in Fashion show sparks controversy in Thailand - Xinhua, China
Thailand raps Elle magazine over bare-breasted fashion show - Asia Pacific Media Network
Nipple clampdown - News24, South Africa
Ministry raps bare-breasted fashion show - Hindustan Times, India
Nipple clampdown in Thailand - Ananova, UK
Thailand raps Elle magazine - The Statesman, India
Exposing breasts in Fashion show sparks controversy in Thailand - People's Daily, China
Thailand raps Elle magazine over bare-breasted fashion show - South China Morning Post, Hong Kong

Chang Noi gives some interesting history on this today: The 'un-Thai' nipple crisis: ...Take the current TV series "Sai Lohit", set in the final days of the Ayutthaya period. The costuming is splendid, and its exoticness lays a quiet claim to authenticity. The bare torsos of the males, resplendent with tattoos, might be close to historical accuracy. But to render the females authentic would mean cropping their hair short, blackening their teeth, and leaving their breasts exposed...
Chang Noi is the pseudonym of someone at The Nation (not to hard to guess who if you are familiar with the personalities there). This person's website is here.
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