KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Sixteen Florida Keys women have given the term naturist a new meaning: supporting community environmental efforts by posing au naturel in Florida Keys green spaces for a 2010 fundraising calendar.
Titled Women Sustaining the Earth, the calendar features models ranging from 44 to 78 years old. It was the brainchild of local environmental radio host Erika Biddle, who poses on one of its pages.
The calendar project was inspired when I heard Arnold Schwarzenegger say on the news, If the environmental movement wants more participation, the environmentalists should be more sexy, said Biddle.
Some of the calendars models are topless, some draped in fabric or foliage, and their artistically shot images are paired with statements on nature and the environment.
None of the women are model figures, like size 4 or something like that, said Biddle. They are real women in a real environment, and I think people will relate to it.
Like Biddle, the calendars four photographers donated their time to create its images of environmental and personal grace.
These are women who are at the apex of their personal power, whether theyre 40, 50, 60 or 70, said photographer and project editor Carol Tedesco, so I took it upon myself to make it my job to reveal the spirit of the women.
Miss July Rosi Ware of the Key West Garden Club posed for a back-view shot wearing a sarong skirt and long necklace.
I dont see why you cant have fun and be sexy as well as helping the environment, said Ware. As long as people dont mind looking at a 54-year-old woman with no clothes on, thats fine with me.
The first printing of 500 calendars, which sold out almost immediately, benefited a Florida Keys community garden effort. The second printing benefits a nonprofit organization sustaining Nancys Secret Garden in Key West.
Calendars are $25 each, including postage and handling within the continental U.S., and can be ordered through keywestcalendargirls.com