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Celebs go kaalgat for a cause in Marie Claire’s Naked issue

2014-02-13 11:41
Cape Town – 36 South African celebs are going kaalgat for a cause, dropping their clothes and showing skin in magazine Marie Claire’s 2014 Naked issue.

The botoxed and the beautiful came out on Wednesday evening at the trendy Mondiall at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town as Marie Claire unveiled the stripped bare celebrities gracing the inside pages of the March issue.

(Photo: C Associated Media Publishing / Marie Claire)

Graeme Richards (above, and the entirety of him in the magazine) and Katlego Maboe, from SABC3 morning show Expresso, both dropped trou, while Idols presenter ProVerb and Boity Thulo show some butt.

Meanwhile M-Net’s MasterChef South Africa winner Kamini Pather poses in the nude on a box next to MasterChef celebrity chef Peter Joffe-Wood.

The Marie Claire March issue, on sale from this coming Monday, sees the 36 getting naked as part of a campaign to raise money for The Lunchbox Fund to help feed hungry children.

Doing a Demi

On the cover, heavily pregnant and nude, Lee-Ann Liebenberg does a Demi – proudly showing her baby bump.

Other faces who were not shy about showing skin include Zakeeya Patel, the winner of Strictly Come Dancing South Africa on SABC3 in 2013 as well as Cape Town comedian Marc Lottering who was a co-presenter on the show.

MTV Base presenter Nomuzi Mabena got naked, as did comedian and talk show host Anne Hirsch who dared to bare a bit of a nipple.

Others in the issue who got their kit off in Marie Claire include a dozen local musicians ranging from hip-hop’s Slikour, to the band members of Zebra & Giraffe, Mi Casa, Shortstraw and Chad Saaiman. Radio voices include Catherine Grenfell, Zama Dube and DJ Nate Raubenheimer.

Actresses Vanessa Haywood, Catriona Andrew, ballerina Adele Blank and surfer Chris Bertish also model au natural.

Millions of SA children go hungry daily

"Twelve million South African kids go to school hungry," said Marie Claire editor, Aspasia Karras.

The Marie Claire 2014 Naked issue aims to raise awareness and support for hungry children in the country. The magazine will donate money to The Lunchbox Fund as part of the Naked campaign [].

Marie Claire will donate money to The Lunchbox Fund as readers who buy the magazine, post "selfies" (not naked ones) with their magazine and the hashtag #MCNaked. "This is about fashion with a heart," said Karras.

Marc Lottering on Wednesday evening at the launch of Marie Claire's Naked issue, said they were offered muffins as they sat naked during the photo shoot.

"You only start relaxing when a complete stranger come up to you and starts rubbing you with oil," he joked. He encouraged South Africans to buy the issue to see celebrities "kaalgat in the Marie Claire".

In America over 65% of people eat out once a week. In South Africa over 65% of children live below the poverty line.

"So many children are going hungry," says Lee-Ann Liebenberg. "I never realised that something as small as a peanut-butter sandwich can change a child's life. Feeding children at school encourages them to stay in school".

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