Meet Saira, One of the Original Topless Painted Ladies of Times Square

In recent weeks, body-painted topless performers in Times Square have divided the City, transforming the tourist spot into an unlikely battleground for a fight on gender equality.

Saira is one of the original painted ladies of Times Square, here long before the recent wave of women seeking to capitalize on the drama.

“From the day I started I knew it was gonna become a movement,” she says. “This is something that should be talked about. It doesn’t mean you have to like it. It’s fine you don’t! But talk about it. Think about why you don’t like it, think about where you’re coming from.”

Learn more about the controversy and Saira in the full article from The Guardian’s Kim Wall.

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Matt Coneybeare

Matt Coneybeare

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Matt enjoys exploring the City's food scene with his Wife and the outdoors with their three dogs. He is an avid marathon runner, and spends most of his time working from a treadmill desk at home.

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