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Make a hot date for 2017 with calendar of redheads.

Byline: heledd pritchard Reporter heledd.pritchard@walesonline.co.uk

IT MIGHT seem early to be thinking about your 2017 calendar - but this designer has already got it (un)covered.

Elliott James Frieze has compiled what's thought to be the first redheadonly male nude calendar - featuring 12 red-haired models from across the world.

The Red Hot II Exposed calendar is the work of Cardiff fashion designer Elliott who teamed up with photographer Thomas Knights and sourced a different flame-haired male model for every month of the year.

They've created the Red Hot II campaign, which raises funds for antibullying charity The Diana Award. As well as the calendar they are also releasing a 2017 Red Hot II Art calendar and a book - which all feature and celebrate pale-skinned red-haired people.

Elliott, 36, said: "We are portraying people with red hair in the same light as people with blond or brown or black hair.

"There aren't as many red-haired models around and it wasn't easy to cast the models.

"I spoke to some model agencies and they didn't have any on their books.

"We want to instigate that change." The duo are also publishing a book which features 56 people - both men and women - with red hair, which includes their portrait and their story.

Proceeds from the book will go towards The Diana Award's anti-bullying initiative and money from the original book, called Red Hot 100, has already reached more than PS10,000.

Strawberry blond Elliott, from Whitchurch, said he and Thomas, who has red hair, both experienced being called names when they were in school.

"Bullying is still going on in schools," Elliott added.

"We want to help change that by donating to The Diana Award who train children to become anti-bullying ambassadors in their school." Red Hot II celebrates the uniqueness of redheads, focusing on fair skin and freckles, together with black and mixed race redheads.

To produce the calendars and the book Elliott and Thomas scoured the world to find models including men and women from Europe, the Middle East, Australasia and the Americas.

Photo shooting started in March this year for the book and a total of 120 red-haired models were photographed in London, Rotterdam, and New York.

Elliott said: "It's about celebrating difference - championing an alternative view of beauty, currently saturated with sun-kissed images of models. It's empowering - owning socially-perceived flaws and being comfortable in your own skin."

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Photographer Thomas Knights and fashion designer Elliott James Frieze

The August picture from the Red Hot Exposed calendar - the first redhead-only male nude calendar Thomas Knights

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 5, 2016
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