Harpenden women don ‘fur coats and no knickers’ for photo shoot
PUBLISHED: 10:56 11 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:44 11 July 2019
A group of Harpenden women made a bare-faced statement against criticism that they are all appearance and no substance.
A group of Harpenden women made a bare-faced statment against criticism that they are all appearance and no substance.
Eleven brave Harpenden women, aged between 25 and 69, stepped up to a defiant nude photo challenge set on Facebook by photographer Penny Bird. All were career women, the majority were mothers, and one was a grandmother.
The idea behind the photo shoot was to take an amusing stance against the critique that Harpenden women are all 'fur coats and no knickers', by posing with faux fur coats and nothing else underneath.
The women did their hair and makeup before pulling on their heels and their faux fur coats.
The shoot, beginning with a pop of prosecco, was inspired by classic Vanity Fair Hollywood imagery, with the same spirit of good humour.
Participants described the photo shoot as liberating and a great celebration of strong women throughout the generations. Taking part in the shoot was, for them, a chance to prove that women are far more than one-dimensional characters.
Penny Bird, the creator and photographer, who also de-knickered for the occasion, said: "Congratulations to these genuine, gutsy women, who have demonstrated that Harpenden women are the full monty: gorgeous and women of substance."
Based in Harpenden, Penny Bird's work looks to showcase the unique character of the town and its residents. Her 'Harpenden through the Lens' Facebook group encourages people to suggest, and partake, in her projects.