The men at Germany's biggest-selling newspaper apparently had an attack of remorse on International Women's Day: they scrapped its signature front-page topless female models.

The Bild daily proclaimed that today's bare-breasted front-page blonde would be the last of more than 5,000 women who have appeared since 1984.

Bild says it was "perhaps a small step from women's point of view - but it's a big step for Bild and all men in Germany".

The newspaper says its male staff made the decision on Thursday, when it gave all female employees the day off to mark International Women's Day.

But it's hinting the Bild Girl may not be totally gone, saying it "wants to be sexy in future too - but in a more modern way, and better-wrapped, inside the paper".

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