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