Singapore’s B.A.B 2001 nude calendar has been grabbing headlines not just because it featured pictures of naked women, but for another reason entirely: Because it celebrates curves.
Featuring 11 plus-sized women completely nude, the classy back and white photos were taken over two weekends by famed photographer Sit Weng San.
One thing in common with all the women? They were all a UK size 14 and above. Cellulite, folds of flesh and thick arms and thighs are shown off proudly.
The calendar is the brainchild of Miss Erica Sim, 30, owner of the BignBeautiful (B.A.B) online shop that sells accessories and clothes ranging from size XL to 6XL.
Erica, a UK-sized 20, also posed for the calendar and insists that stripping naked was not a marketing gimmick, and was aimed at empowering plus sized women, encouraging them to embrace their curves.
The women in the calendar are customers-turned-friends. Many of them shared how being plus-sized has made them feel stigmatised even when they go out in public.
Lisa Teoh, an administrative assistant shared her reason for posing in the calendar, ‘I hope that people just won’t outcast us. We are who we are. We are just like anyone else. Inner…is extremely good. It’s just the outer is fleshier, cuter, no difference. Just more to hug!’
In an exclusive interview with The New Paper on Sunday, Miss Sim said the calendar is not trying to send the message that it’s all right to be obese.
“It’s not a question of whether it’s okay or not to be plus-sized. We know that the obese are at risk for health problems,” she said.
“But if you are obese even after taking care of your diet, cutting down on junk food and sweet drinks, and also exercise, we want to show that it’s not the end of the world.”
All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to the Children’s Cancer Foundation. So take out your wallet and go do your your part for charity by going here.