Last month we brought you a sneak peak of this year’s Red Hot calendar. The annual calendar is the brainchild of (red head) fashion photographer, Thomas Knights and British Designer Elliott James Frieze.
The Londoner began taking photographs of fellow red heads to challenge stigma against those with ginger hair and to highlight the beauty of those with red hair.
This year’s calendar is accompanied by an even raunchier, separate publication: Red Hot Cocks.
Knights has given us a sneak, censored preview of the shots. If you want to see the unedited photos, you’ll have to purchase the calendar.
However, if you do so, you can do so in the knowledge that you’re helping a good cause. A portion of the proceeds are going to the Movember Testicular Cancer awareness fund.
‘There is still a lot of hate and bullying surrounding red hair’
In a press statement, the creators of Red Hot Cocks say it was made for a specific reason.
‘The focus is on sticking two fingers up at the stigma against ginger pubes, which are still something of a social taboo. Sadly, there is still a lot of hate and bullying surrounding red hair, and this calendar will help show just how sensual ginger pubes can be.’
Knights told GSN more about how the idea for the calendar came about.
‘Just before I launched the first [Red Hot] exhibition in December 2013, I had 65 portraits of beautiful ginger guys and a friend laughed and said, “They are cute, but they all have ginger pubes.”
‘I realised in that moment that we couldn’t rebrand the ginger male without talking about their pubes. It is the ultimate put down. It doesn’t matter if you have learned to love your hair, if you are not cool with having ginger pubes, people will always find a way to shame you.
‘So I quickly shot three guys showing off their ginger pubes laughing while putting up a finger to the camera, and blew them up to 9 foot high – out and proud – and the biggest thing at the exhibition. They became the talking point of the whole show.
‘It was only a matter of time before we would revisit the idea.’
The limited edition calendar was made possible through a crowdfunding campaign, with the goal of £6,500 exceeded by 500%. Clearly a lot of people like the idea of ginger beauty in all its full frontal glory!
To buy the un-censored calendar, check out the Red Hot shop.