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  • 26 May 2014, 12:37

Trio's topless tour project sparks craze

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Three adventurous Londoners have sparked a new global craze - for topless holiday snaps.

Brits Olivia Edginton, 20, Lydia Buckler, 21, and Norwegian Ingvild Marstein Olsen, 20, have won thousands of fans across the world with their Topless Tour project.

And now scores of people around the world are following their lead by shedding their tops for the camera and posting the photographs online.

Ms Edginton, originally from Manchester, said: "The Topless Tour is the opening of your bare chest and heart to the world.

"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."

The girls, who live together in Greenwich and study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, have so far posed topless in Oslo, New York, Manchester, Berlin and London.

They have 4,000 followers on their Instagram account and their Facebook page has received thousands of likes and hundreds of picture submissions from 28 countries.

Ms Buckler, who comes 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."

The Topless Tour started in 2012 while the girls visited Ms Olsen's hometown of Brumunddal and went for a walk around nearby Lake Mjosa.

Ms Olsen 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.

"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 still always seem make people smile and laugh - especially when we're on skis."

The Topless Tour is now planning to visit Italy, Croatia and Sweden this summer to further spread the word.