Brave Northampton woman bares all for naked calendar shoot for a charity close to her heart

Julie Starling (far right) posing for the charity calendar.
Julie Starling (far right) posing for the charity calendar.

A Duston woman has stripped off to bare her naked body for a charity calendar shoot.

Julie Starling is one of 12 women who suffer from alopecia from around the UK to get their kit off and remove their wigs for the PrettyBald initiative to produce a 2015 charity calendar.

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Alopecia is where the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles and causes hairloss. All the women decided to participate in the calendar photoshoot to raise much needed awareness of the condition and funds for national charity Alopecia UK.

Julie, from Duston, said: “What an amazing experience to take part in promoting this important and supportive charity. Posing in the buff was something I never imagined doing at any point in my life let alone in my fifties!

“But knowing that we would be drawing attention to this condition along with Victoria’s skills and passion I’m proud to have taken part.”

Alopecia UK is a small charity, run mostly by volunteers and despite a small turnover, offer one-to-one support and multiple UK-wide support groups and events for thousands of men, women and children each year; with additional funds they will help increase awareness, fund more research and enable growth of the charity to reach more people. It is estimated that 100,000 people suffer from the condition in the UK.

Event Organiser Victoria Short said: “I’d been trying to think of an interesting way to raise both awareness of the condition and much-needed funds for the charity. Jokingly one day I said we should do a nude-bald calendar and to my surprise, 11 other ladies agreed.

“It was hard work but a lot of fun and by the end of the day we all had the giggles! We may not be supermodels, but the shots have come out really well and I’m hoping a lot of people will buy them and enjoy having them on their wall.”

The calendar is now one sale for £10 plus £3.20 postage and packing for every three calendars purchased.

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