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Nude calendars are a special type of wall calendar or table calendar that feature nude models in a variety of scenes and locations. Predominately in the United Kingdom, nude calendars are produced to raise money for charity.
Calendars featuring pin-up models
Commercial advertising on calendars started in the late 19th Century and has often been linked to pictures or photographs of pin-up models. The products being advertised may be incorporated via product placement in the pictures themselves or separate via logos and corporate in-house style. Calendars featuring female nudes became a common feature in workplaces which were predominantly male (e.g. garages), although many employers have banned or restricted their display considering them a form of sex discrimination.
Charity nude calendars
The first nude charity calendar was made by a group of middle aged Englishwomen, members of a local branch of the Women's Institute, who were posing nude to raise funds for Leukaemia Research. The calendar was released in 1999, and became an international sensation, and also inspired the movie Calendar Girls. Following this lead, charity nude calendars proliferated in the 2000s. Proceeds usually go to various health or social causes. Participants may include artists, celebrities, sportsmen and sportswomen, firefighters, military forces, the police, or members of a group such as farmers, Women's Institute members who wish to raise funds for a chosen charity.
The women's rugby match Oxford and Cambridge, which was played at Twickenham in 2015, was publicised by the Oxford team making a nude calendar.
Successful charity nude calendars include:
- Rylstone Women's Institute 2000 Alternative WI Calendar, the first ever nude charity calendar
- Dieux du Stade (France)
- League of Their Own (Australia) (2006)
- Naked Rugby League (Australia) (January 2007 to February 2008)
- Naked For A Cause (Australia) (October 2007 to April 2009)
- Gods of Football (Australia) featuring Australian Football League players and Australian Rugby League players (2009)
- University of Warwick Boat Club (United Kingdom) (2013)
- Children in Need (United Kingdom) featuring EastEnders Actors/Actresses (2014)
- The Magnet Tavern, in Lincolnshire (United Kingdom), in aid of the Air Ambulance (2016)
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