Yvonne Stanley, the Toronto photographer who came up with the idea of including topless dancers in the Toronto Caribbean Carnival parade Saturday, says she's hoping the decision will spark a conversation about healthier body images. (Kelda Yuen/CBC)

A force of nature named Yvonne brings change to Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival and she’s looking for more

Young people bring such great hope, especially when they are driven to make this insane world a better place.

Take Yvonne Stanley.

She’s a photographer in Toronto.

I have no idea how old she is.

It matters not a whit.

Stanley says she loves the Toronto Caribbean Carnival because “it’s all about the celebration of women of colour.” (Photo: Jodi-Anne Beckford)

She is one of those persons who asks “Who says so?” and if she doesn’t like the answer, does something about it.

Not in a bad way, mind you.

Anything but.

Stanley, who is currently working on a multi-disciplinary examination of women’s bodies and self-image called the Boob Book Project, can’t resist breaking down barriers.

How ’bout this one:

For 52 years, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival parade has never had a topless dancer.

The Carnival happens Saturday. (Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press)

That changes Saturday.

A big deal?

Actually, It is.

Anytime anything changes after 52 years, it’s a pretty big deal, right?

But this isn’t about adding some risqué juice to the Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

It’s about a whole lot more.

What kind of more?

I spoke by phone with Stanley on Friday.

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