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Rio designates first nudist beach


Abrico beach, an hour's drive west of Rio's center, was officially designated as the Brazilian city's first nudist site on Tuesday.

"This is a courageous decision by the mayor and it will help Rio become a cultural and tourist reference point, especially with the city about to celebrate its 450th anniversary and the 2016 Olympic Games," said nudist activist Paula Nogueira.

Last year, Nogueira and another activist, Ana Rios, organized a topless "protest" via Facebook to celebrate the start of summer -- but only six women showed up at Ipanema beach near the city center.

Despite Brazil's reputation for frivolity and sensuality, topless bathing -- never mind nudity -- is frowned upon by many.

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