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Dante Recommends: Naked Calendar in Aid of Charity

Oxford University's women rugby players have produced a naked calendar to help the BEAT charity. Dante mag reports.

Oxford University Women Rugby Players Help BEAT Organization

By Suzie Solna and Mark Beech

Some of the women of Oxford University are stripping off- and it’s all in a very good cause.

The rugby players of the British university are preparing to take on their arch rivals Cambridge yet again – this time at Twickenham, the same hallowed stadium as used for the men’s matches. The idea of bringing the events together follows similar moves for the Boat Race.

Before the contest on December 10, the women’s team decided to do something completely different.

Copyright Mark Barnfield

Copyright Mark Barnfield

They followed the lead of other women’s organizations and have become “Calendar Girls.”

The final product will raise much-needed funds for a charity called BEAT, which looks after those people who have difficulties with shape or weight or are affected by eating problems.

All the photographs, shot on a cold October day, show the team nearing only socks and boots. They are tasteful and give the message of positive body image of whatever sort.

Copyright Mark Barnfield

Copyright Mark Barnfield

A previous calendar last year raised some thousands of pounds for a university charity called Mind My Head.

Oxford has also featured naked photos in a calendar done for RAG week, including students posing naked in the Oxford Union debating society chamber.

Dante is proud to support the best charities – we backed the Seven Songs and Hospice Care Week for instance.

The blues charity calendar can be purchased from the university club at a cost of £12 (UK), £14 (overseas) or £10 (university members) here: http://www.ourfcwomensnakedcalendar.com/

A photo from the 2014 calendar

A photo from the 2014 calendar

Information on Beat: http://www.b-eat.co.uk/

Copyright Mark Barnfield

Copyright Mark Barnfield

One previous charity story: https://www.dantemag.com/2015/10/dante-recommends-seven-songs-for-a-long-life-a-movie-with-its-heart-in-the-right-place/

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