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Harpenden women don 'fur coats and no knickers' for photo shoot

PUBLISHED: 10:56 11 July 2019 | UPDATED: 15:44 11 July 2019

Women from Harpenden took part in Penny Bird's 'fur coat no knickers' calendar. Picture: Penny Bird

Women from Harpenden took part in Penny Bird's 'fur coat no knickers' calendar. Picture: Penny Bird

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A group of Harpenden women made a bare-faced statement against criticism that they are all appearance and no substance.

Women from Harpenden took part in Penny Bird's 'fur coat no knickers' calendar. Picture: Penny BirdWomen from Harpenden took part in Penny Bird's 'fur coat no knickers' calendar. Picture: Penny Bird

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.

Jenny Goodhand from Harpenden took part in Penny Bird's 'fur coat no knickers' calendar. Picture: Penny BirdJenny Goodhand from Harpenden took part in Penny Bird's 'fur coat no knickers' calendar. Picture: Penny Bird

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.

Lynnelle Robinson from Harpenden took part in Penny Bird's 'fur coat no knickers' calendar. Picture: Penny BirdLynnelle Robinson from Harpenden took part in Penny Bird's 'fur coat no knickers' calendar. Picture: Penny Bird

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."

Women from Harpenden took part in Penny Bird's 'fur coat no knickers' calendar. Picture: Penny BirdWomen from Harpenden took part in Penny Bird's 'fur coat no knickers' calendar. Picture: Penny Bird

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.

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