THEY were the pin-up icons of Hollywood’s golden age – a collection of the world’s most beautiful women who epitomised style and grace.
Now the glamour surrounding the likes of Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe is being used to cast a glow on a worthwhile cause in the Capital.
A group of 16 women have undergone a Hollywood-style makeover to mimic screen greats and be photographed at city landmarks, all in the name of fundraising. The stylish shots taken at venues including the Royal Botanic Garden, Hopetoun House and George Street bar Tigerlily have been used for a one-off Combat Cancer calendar.
All proceeds are being donated to Western General Hospital’s Cancer Centre.
The idea is the brainchild of Dalkeith mum Fae Mackie, whose close friend Claire Boyd died from cancer of the womb two years ago.
The experience spurred her on to pull together a group of family and friends – all affected by cancer – to achieve a fundraising target of £20,000.
Ms Boyd, who passed away at the age of just 36, was being treated at Western General at the time of her death.
Friend and milliner Liz Cann makes a feature appearance in the calendar in the guise of legendary American actress Rita Hayworth.
She said: “We don’t look like these actresses, but we’ve tried to recreate them with the help of some fabulous people in Edinburgh.
“Fae came up with the idea of a classy calendar. Looking around and seeing what we have in Edinburgh, it’s a beautiful city with beautiful buildings. The idea was to combine that with beautiful iconic women of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.”
Angels Share Hotel and Bar, Melville Castle, the Caledonian hotel, The Witchery restaurant and the grand Old Observatory House on Calton Hill have also been used as dramatic settings.
Ms Cann said: “It was a blast. I love that era, all the clothes they wore and the way they composed themselves.
“I have a 19-year-old daughter and one wall of her bedroom is covered in Marilyn Monroe.
“The young ones are very much interested in it as well – probably because they’re real women.
“They’re not size zero. Monroe and Hayworth – they were never stick insects.”
A total of £7000 has already been raised, courtesy of the calendar’s launch event held by major sponsor and George Street hotel Le Monde earlier this month.
Clothing and make-up were provided free of charge by a host of outlets, including department store Jenners.
The calendars are being sold at www.combatcancercalendar2014.co.uk for £10 each.
They can also be bought from Le Monde, Lady JoJo’s Boutique, Nicola Bald Photography Studio and other outlets.