You’ve seen ‘Calendar Girls’ (right) and the numerous copycat nude calendars it inspired. Could there be something within the pinstriped psyche of the accountancy profession that has held it back from such exhibitionism?
Thanks to a brainwave from AccountingWEB member Monsoon, that will no longer be the case as her Naked Accountants Calendar campaign swept the web this week. Two calendars are being prepared: one featuring male accountants, and the other women beancounters. The charities that will benefit are Ronald McDonald House and the Worster Drought Syndrome Support Group.
The concept started off as a random post on the AAT Forum in late February and rapidly escalated onto Twitter and Facebook.
AccountingWEB’s Born Dull?! team is all for anything that dispels the boring old accountant stereotype, but, we have do ask, does the world need another naked charity calendar? What on earth made Monsoon decide it was time to launch such a project?
“Yes, I know this type of calendar has been done numerous times, but to the best of my knowledge the accountancy profession hasn’t yet had the... whatever... to bare all!” she tells us.
“I honestly can’t remember what prompted the idea. I bought a female farmers calendar for my fiancé for Xmas, so that probably got the calendar thing in my head.”
Monsoon earns the Born Dull?! seal of approval by telling us she doesn’t consider herself a typical accountant and will prove it by posing as Miss October.
“It will of course be tasteful and as professional as this thing can be,” she says. “We all have professional reputations after all and none of us want our clients to see too much! There will be no naughty bits on display... mostly. It all depends how everyone feels on the day, but there will be many a strategically placed large calculator and/or old fashioned ledger to cover up wobbly and other bits.”
For all our scepticism, 19 accountants have already volunteered. “I realised I wasn’t going to get 24 people from the AAT forums on its own, but [social media] really helped. We just need five more men and we are good to go.”
So, can AccountingWEB come to the rescue? Are you keen to see the Naked Accountants calendar - and more importantly, are you willing to sign up to appear in it? Answers below - but keep them clean!
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