Mormon Hottie Calendar–More Meat than Meets the Eye?

small-cal2009.thumbnail.jpgMormon man-trepreneur Chad Hardy created Mormons Exposed

a forward-thinking brand that is best known for its controversial Men on a Mission Calendar, featuring twelve handsome former Mormon missionaries who have dared to pose bare-chested

after being excommunicated from the LDS and denied his diploma at Brigham Young University since graduates are expected to meet both ecclesiastical as well as academic standards.  And printing up his 2007 calendars with half-naked Latter Day Saints on it just didn’t hack it on the former level.

Now in his third year of daring date-planners, Chad’s casting for  calendars with more Mormon hunks and Mormon moms for 2011, wiht 2010 in already in the can:

We are looking for fit great looking returned missionaries and beautiful Mormon mothers (married or single) for our 2011 calendars. Only 12 men and 12 women will be chosen. Do you have what it takes?

But here’s the deal. Only "temple Mormons" those who have been endowed–initiated, given secret passwords, a secret name and special magic underwear–are allowed to go on missions.  And while some of the Mormon men in the calendar are certainly endowed, though not in the LDS sense, they are definitely not wearing their magic onesie, which can in fact be removed for exercising, though modeling isn’t really exercise, per se.

So basically, in order to be in his calendar as Mormon man-meat, you have to either violate your sacred oath to the church, or be a former Mormon. The last batches are admittedly former Mormons.

And the Mormon muffins, as Chad calls his lady models? The LDS pamphlet For Strength gives the following guidelines:

Immodest clothing includes short shorts and skirts, tight clothing, shirts that do not cover the stomach,  and other revealing attire. Young women should wear clothing that covers the shoulder and avoid clothing that is low-cut in the front or the back or revealing in any other manner. Young men should also maintain modesty in their appearance.

 So unless he draws only from former Mormons, Chad is gonna be luring upstanding young Mormon hotties away from the church for 15 seconds of fame. Former Mormons kinda lack the"forbidden fruit" aspect. Like really who cares what you were, and while it’s noble that the models are donating a portion of the proceeds to the charities of their choice, the whole premise pretty much is moving into flunk. Okay they’re hot and they used to be Mormons, BFD. Really. 

And if they pose before they leave the church, they will be e-Mormons soon enough. Which maybe is Chad’s undercover goal…

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.