In 2020, the “Red Hot Cocks” calendar celebrated its seventh anniversary with 12 new models baring all for a good cause. The calendar, founded and photographed by Thomas Knights, was an annual charity project that featured redheaded models showcasing their unique beauty. Sales from the calendar went towards supporting the Movember Foundation’s testicular cancer awareness campaign, one of the most common forms of cancer among men aged 18 to 39.
Knights aimed to “change the landscape for redheads” by defying taboos and challenging stereotypes. He believed that ginger pubic hair was still a taboo in the world, and hoped that by featuring redheads in a positive light, he could help shift societal norms. “Being born ginger means being part of the world’s smallest minority,” said Knights. “But owning one’s difference can lead to acceptance and empowerment.”
The Red Hot team posted the teaser images of the calendar on Kickstarter, where supporters could donate to help with production and distribution. The snaps showcased models of all shapes and sizes, embracing their natural beauty and celebrating diversity. Redheads, often stigmatized and marginalized, were given a platform to showcase their unique beauty while raising awareness for a worthy cause.
The calendar was not just a celebration of beauty but a message of self-love and acceptance. The Red Hot project created a positive impact by breaking down taboos and celebrating individuality. It was a reminder that everyone, regardless of their appearance or background, deserved to be celebrated and loved.
Looking back, the Red Hot 2020 calendar was not just a stunning display of fiery redheads but a reminder of the power of activism and creativity in bringing about positive change.