Fox performing live in Rescaldina, Italy, 2009
|Birth name||Samantha Karen Fox|
|Also known as||Sam Fox|
|Born|| 15 April 1966 |
Mile End, London, England
Samantha Karen Fox (born 15 April 1966)is an English singer, songwriter, actress, and former glamour model. In 1983, at age 16, she began appearing as a topless model on Page 3 of British tabloid newspaper The Sun , and continued as a Page 3 girl until 1986. During this time, she became the most popular pin-up girl of her era, as well as one of the most photographed British women of the 1980s.
Page 3 was a feature in the British tabloid newspaper The Sun for over 44 years, from November 1970 until January 2015. It consisted of a large photograph of a topless female glamour model, often known as a "Page 3 girl," usually published on the third page of the print edition.
The Sun is a tabloid newspaper published in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. As a broadsheet, it was founded in 1964 as a successor to the Daily Herald; it became a tabloid in 1969 after it was purchased by its current owners. It is published by the News Group Newspapers division of News UK, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Since The Sun on Sunday was launched in February 2012, the paper has been a seven-day operation. The Sun previously had the largest circulation of any daily newspaper in the United Kingdom, but it was overtaken by rival Metro in March 2018.
A pin-up model is a model whose mass-produced pictures see wide appeal as popular culture. Pin-ups are intended for informal display, i.e. meant to be "pinned-up" on a wall. Pin-up models may be glamour models, fashion models, or actors. These pictures are also sometimes known as cheesecake photos. Cheesecake was an American slang word, that was considered a publicly acceptable term for seminude women because pin-up was considered taboo in the early twentieth century.
In 1986, she launched a pop music career with her debut single "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)", which peaked at number-one in 17 countries. In 1988, Fox received a Brit Award nomination for Best British Female Artist.She has also appeared in a number of films and reality television shows, and has occasionally worked as a television presenter.
"Touch Me " is a song recorded by English singer Samantha Fox for her debut studio album Touch Me (1986). Written by Jon Astrop, Mark Shreeve and Pete Q. Harris, and produced by Astrop and Harris, the song was released on 10 March 1986 as Fox's debut single and lead single from the Touch Me album.
The BRIT Awards are the British Phonographic Industry's annual popular music awards. The name was originally a shortened form of "British", "Britain", or "Britannia", but subsequently became a backronym for British Record Industry Trusts Show. In addition, an equivalent awards ceremony for classical music, called the Classic BRIT Awards, is held in the month of May. Robbie Williams holds the record for the most BRIT Awards, 13 as a solo artist and another five as part of Take That.
Samantha Fox is the eldest daughter of actress Carole Ann Wilken and John Patrick Fox. She has a younger sister, Vanessa, and two half-siblings from her father's second marriage, Frederica and Frankie.Fox comes from a family of market traders.
Fox attended St Thomas More Catholic School, Wood Green and took an interest in the theatre from an early age. She first appeared on a theatre stage at age 3, formed her first pop band with Richard Smart, Edward Gallagher, and Bob Day when she was fourteen years old. She was enrolled in the Anna Scher Theatre School from age 15.The next year she got her first record deal, with Lamborghini Records.
St Thomas More Catholic School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Wood Green, London N22. The school was founded in 1952 at Holcombe Road Tottenham, London N17, fourteen years after work had begun on the buildings. It is the only Roman Catholic secondary school in the London Borough of Haringey.
The Anna Scher Theatre is a community-based drama school based in Islington, north London. It was founded in 1968 by Anna Scher.
In 1983, when Fox was 16, her mother submitted several photographs that she had taken of her daughter in lingerie to The Sunday People newspaper's Girl of the Year amateur modelling contest.She came in second place out of 20,000 entrants and the photographs drew her to the attention of the newspaper The Sun , which invited her to pose for Page 3.
Lingerie is a category of women's clothing including at least undergarments, sleepwear and lightweight robes. The specific choice of the word often is motivated by an intention to imply the garments are alluring, fashionable or both.
The Sunday People is a British tabloid Sunday newspaper, founded as The People on 16 October 1881.
Her parents gave their consent for her to pose topless, and her first Page 3 photograph appeared in the Sun on 22 February 1983.She signed a four-year Page 3 modelling contract with the Sun, and won its "Page 3 Girl of the Year" award for three consecutive years between 1984 and 1986. She is recognized today as the most popular pin-up girl of her era, as well as one of the most-photographed British women of the 1980s.
Toplessness refers to the state in which a woman's torso is exposed above her waist or hips, or with at least her breasts, areola, and nipples being exposed, especially in a public place or in a visual medium. The male equivalent is barechestedness, also commonly called shirtlessness.
In 1986, Fox retired from Page 3 modelling, at the age of 20, and transitioned into a career in pop music. In 1995, aged 29, she made a one-off appearance in The Sun to promote Page 3's 25th anniversary. After receiving an overwhelmingly positive reader response, she appeared in the slot every day of that week, with Friday's final topless picture given away as an A3-sized poster. The following year, she appeared in the October issue of Playboy magazine.
In December 2009, her latest compilation album was issued, Greatest Hits , both in single CD and double CD formats.In 2012 her first 4 albums were-re-issued as double deluxe CDs by Cherry Red.
In the late 1980s, Fox appeared in television advertisements for Leicestershire-based car dealership network with the slogan "Follow the Fox to Swithland Motors". Around the same time, she also appeared in television adverts for bingo in The Sun newspaper.
In 1990, she appeared on the American sitcom Charles in Charge as Samantha Steele, a fictional rock star whose agent pushes her to romance Charles (Scott Baio) so the paparazzi will print it in the tabloids. She also featured in two films: It's Been Real, written and directed by Steve Varnom and starring John Altman; and The Match , written and directed by Mick Davis and starring Richard E. Grant, Ian Holm and Tom Sizemore.
In 1995, under the group name 'Sox', Fox took part in A Song for Europe , the UK heat for the Eurovision Song Contest 1995. Her song Go for the Heart finished fourth of the eight shortlisted entries with 65,436 telephone votes and the single went on to reach No. 47 on the UK Singles Chart.
In 2008, Fox and her partner Myra Stratton took part in Celebrity Wife Swap , exchanging with Freddie Starr and his wife Donna. In November 2009, she took part in ITV's I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! ; she was voted out on day 16. In 2010, she appeared in a celebrity episode of Come Dine with Me with Calum Best, Janice Dickinson, and Jeff Brazier. In 2016, Fox became a participant in Celebrity Big Brother 18 , where she just missed out on reaching the final and finished in seventh place.
Fox's father Patrick, a former carpenter, managed her career until 1991, when she hired accountants to trace over £1 million (£2.1 million today) that she believed he had embezzled from her accounts. She sued her father, who by then had divorced and remarried, and in May 1995, she was awarded a £363,000 (£0.7 million today) court settlement. Patrick Fox died in 2000, at which time they had not spoken for almost a decade.
In 1994, it was reported that Fox had become a born-again Christian;that year she played at the Christian arts festival Greenbelt.
In the late 1980s, Fox became romantically linked with Australian career criminal Peter Foster. They began dating, but she turned down his marriage proposal.She also had a relationship with Paul Stanley, rhythm guitarist and singer of the rock band Kiss. Rumours regarding Fox's sexual orientation began to surface in 1999 when she judged a lesbian beauty pageant, and rumours circulated that the woman with whom she resided, Cris Bonacci, the Australian former lead guitarist for the rock band Girlschool, was her lover. The relationship was confirmed later by Bonacci in an interview.
In 2003, Fox made a statement about her personal life:"I have slept with other women but I've not been in love before Myra Stratton. People say I'm gay.... I don't know what I am. All I know is that I'm in love with Myra [Stratton, my manager]. I love her completely and want to spend the rest of my life with her." Fox said that she had been reluctant to come out because, having already dealt with obsessed fans and stalkers, she feared fans' possible reactions. In 2009, she announced her plans to form a civil partnership with Stratton. In 2015, Stratton died of cancer. She was 60 years old.
In 2008, Fox donated her favourite bra to a charity auction.
In 2011, Fox appeared as part of a campaign for LGBT charity the Albert Kennedy Trust.
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Katie Green is an English model from Chichester, West Sussex. She was first given an opportunity to model when a Surrey photographer arranged a test-shoot for her at Image Park Studio in West Sussex. Green was originally signed to represent Wonderbra in July 2008, but her agency required her to lose weight, and she refused, ending her contract. Green is unusual among models because of her weight for someone her size and her refusal to lose weight to conform to the norms agencies expect of models. She initiated a campaign against size zero models with Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Öpik. Green continues to model and has appeared in numerous publications and campaigns.
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No More Page 3 was a campaign to stop The Sun newspaper from including pictures of topless glamour models on its Page 3; it ended when the topless feature was discontinued. The campaign was started by Lucy-Anne Holmes in August 2012; it reached 215,000 signatures by January 2015. The campaign gained widespread support from MPs and organisations but was criticised by Alison Webster, the photographer for Page 3. In January 2015, it was reported that The Sun had ended Page 3, but the feature was revived for one issue published on 22 January. Following that, Page 3 has not been featured in The Sun again.
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