We're almost at that time of year when pinup calendars featuring beautiful women go on sale. And once again, Tampa's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is in the mix with its ninth calendar.
The women are all Hard Rock employees and not professional models.
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Just over 100 models tried out for the calendar and 20 were selected. Some have appeared in previous calendars, according to Hard Rock spokeswoman Nikki Yourison.
Previous shoots took place on the Tampa Hard Rock property. This year, everyone traveled south to the Big Cypress Seminole Reservation, about an hour's drive from Fort Myers.
The calendar was shot by Joey Wright Photography with stylings and makeup by the Glam Squad.
Settings include open fields, an old gator pit, an old Seminole Village, an old Seminole canoe, a Chickee hut, a wooden bridge and an old airboat.
Each model is paid $500 for their participation in the shoot. The centerfold receives $500 and a trip to Las Vegas, Yourison said..
The calendar goes on sale this fall and will be available only at the Tampa Hard Rock property. Initially, the cost will be $10.
Every year, a portion of the proceeds goes to a selected charity or cause. This year's cause has yet to be named.
After the calendar is released, the models will take on ambassador roles with appearances throughout the bay area at charity events and calendar signings.
(Photos Courtesy: Tampa Hard Rock)