‘Real calendar of real women’ for Limerick charity

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Steph Duffy, from Corbally, looks radiant in white, in the charity calendar. Below, Claire McCarthy, Shannon, was chosen as the Face of Boudoir Darlings 2015 and below, in black and white: Jessica Masterson, Adare
TEN LADIES have posed in a calendar to raise money for a charity and promote a positive image of female beauty.

TEN LADIES have posed in a calendar to raise money for a charity and promote a positive image of female beauty.

It was the idea of Shauna Kennedy, Morning Star Photography based in Ballyneety. She started an offshoot this year called Boudoir Darlings to encourage women to embrace their sexuality and sensuality regardless of size or weight.

Shauna put out a message on Facebook to find the Face of Boudoir Darlings 2015. Ten ladies from all over the county responded and the photoshoot went so well that doing a calendar was the obvious next step. The remaining two months in the calendar are illustrated with group pictures.

Claire McCarthy, Shannon, was chosen as the Face of Boudoir Darlings of 2015. “We are just ordinary ladies,” she said. “The whole idea was that it was going to be normal women to promote a slightly more positive image. I am a mum and I have two girls – they are absolutely surrounded by models with the perfect bodies 24/7. They cannot escape it.

“I wanted them to see regardless of age, size or any kind of minor little hang-ups you think you have everybody can be just as beautiful. It’s a real calender of real women without all the photoshopping that goes along with it.

“The 10 of us had a ball doing it and are so proud of it,” said Claire, who was joined by Steph Duffy, Corbally; Jessica Masterson, Adare; Catherine Crowe, Rathbane; Jennifer Bourke, Corbally; Sinead O’Brien, Patrickswell; Karol Canty, Glenbrook, Adela Durmaz, Adare; Nicola Furlong and Jacky Dreelan Murphy, Enniscorthy. They all chose different outfits and styles.

“We are all different ages, all different sizes. Most are mums but not all, we just wanted to spread a common positive message. It was a very liberating experience,” said Claire.

Once they had the idea for a calendar they decided to donate the proceeds to charity. Claire heard about Clare’s Wish Foundation - a charity that grants wishes to children and adults with life threatening conditions or disabilities.

“We wanted to support a local charity, one that isn’t well known, and they do fantastic work,” said Claire.

The calendar is available on boudoirdarlings.ie or businesses including Bellissimo in the city and Change Lingerie in the Crescent Shopping Centre priced at €10. It will be officially launched this Thursday night in The Red Hen, December 18 at 8pm.