Every day the cousins Mitch and Cyris (18 and 20 years old) dance on stage at a bar in a touristy part of Manila (Philippines). In exchange for extra 'support' they go home with Korean, Chinese, and often also Western men. Why? Because Mitch's and Cyris' families don't have enough money to take care of all their children. Mitch and Cyris are responsible for their sisters, brothers, and parents. TINKEBELL. met the girls in a bar in Manila and started talking.
TINKEBELL. listened to the girls' stories in horror. Mitch had never been to school, meaning most things needed to be translated by Cyris who had learned to speak English. Heartbroken and slightly embarrassed they spoke about their situations at home. Mitch's father drives a 'tricycle taxi' (a bike with a sidecar), but often only has one customer per week. TINKEBELL. made use of those taxis a lot herself and knew that a ride usually cost between 30 and 80 pesos (50 pesos equals one euro). Up until recently Cyris' father was a construction worker, which enabled him to take care of his family. Then he had a heart attack and became unfit for work. After that both girls were responsible for their families.
TINKEBELL. pressed on and the girls told her about their dreams. Dreams they thought would never come true. The girls seemed to have given up hope. Mitch longed to go to school to learn languages and become a flight attendant. Cyris wanted most to start a business with her mother, selling meat - something you see a lot in the streets of Manila: little stalls where you can buy skewered, barbecued meat.
TINKEBELL. called her friends in the Philipines to ask if they would help her organize a photo shoot. Not with Mitch and Cyris as the leading ladies, but with herself in the spotlight. By taking her clothes off, TINKEBELL. hopes the girls will be able to keep theirs on. The pictures will feature in a 2013 calendar, and the proceeds will go to an investment fund for Mitch and Cyris.
If your imagination starts going wild thinking about TINKEBELL. in a sexy pose: in exchange for an extra donation, she'll take your directions during the shoot. Make her do whatever you want, and have the picture included in the calendar.
Nonka, a Dutch designer, will design the calendar.
The minimum wage in Manila is around €6,- per day. The proceeds from the calendar should be high enough to make Mitch's and Cyris' dreams come true.
1 You can buy a calendar for only €20,- (+ shipping costs!) Below you can find payment information.
2 Of course every donation is welcome! When you donate €20,- or more, you will receive a calendar.
3 Donate €100,- or more and you will receive one of the pictures as a postcard, signed by me.
4 Donate €500,- or more and you get a signed print (A4) of one of the pictures.
5 Donate €1000,- or more and let me know how you want me to pose. Yes! I'll do whatever you'd like me to do (!) (and you get a signed picture of course).
Please send your money to
BANKACCOUNT NR. 10 24 89 750
IBAN NL55 RABO 0102 4897 50
Rabobank Amsterdam (NL)
Or use Paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include your address. And please add shipping costs when you want to buy the calendar:
The Netherlands: €3,-
Anywhere else: €12,-
All the proceeds will be sent to Mitch and Cyris to enable them to stop selling their bodies and start following their dreams!
The calendar will be presented in Okober
update Sept. 21st
Only a few days after the shoot with the photographers from 'everywhereweshoot' and stylist (and hat and corset designer) Mitch Dulche, the harddisk with all the files on it crashed.
They brought the harddisk to a recovery lab in Manila, but unfortunately, today they heard that their harddrive had a serious internal problem that can’t be fixed and it's not possible to retrieve the nude photos they made of me for the calendar to SAVE THE GIRLS.
Yes, that's terrible!
But I won’t give up.
Earlier this week I got a message from my friend Mirjam Muller, she heard about the problem and she's a photographer too. Mirjam offered to re-shoot the photos to SAVE THE GIRLS in case I needed to do a re-shoot.
So, next week, on Sunday Sept. 30 I will pose (naked!) again to make the calendar.
For the first shoot I offered the opportunity for sponsors: When you make a donation of 1000,- (Euro) or more, I will pose however you want me to and this photo will be part of the calendar.
Yes, I got some donations and suggestions, but we do have some months left, so YES!: Spend your money and let me know what you want me to do! -To SAVE THE GIRLS of course!!!
TINKEBELL. has been traveling around, saving the world for a while now. She saved a dog in Gambia, a family in Guinea Bussau, 69 turtles in China and a slum village in Peru. More information on this website, and on www.saverimac.com.