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Last updated 09:24 01/10/2012
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WORK OF ART: The 2013 Pink Ribbon Calendar, featuring an image of presenter Helena McAlpine on the cover.

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Entertainer Jools Topp, fashion designer Liz Mitchell and presenter Helena McAlpine are among 21 Kiwi women who have bared nearly all in a new calendar to raise funds for breast cancer research.

The Pink Ribbon Calendar features images of the women - who have all been affected by breast cancer - wearing little more than body paint.

The models, who also included singer Hinewehi Mohi, actress Kat Wong and chef Ann Thorpe, were painted to reflect the image they most felt captured their essence. Each design took up to eight hours to complete.

McAlpine, 34, appears on the calendar's cover. She has secondary breast cancer and chose to be painted as the 'tree of life' with branches reaching for the sky and the arms of her friends and family anchoring her to the ground.

The calendar was the brainchild of Auckland businesswoman and cancer survivor Liz Oliver. She said she hoped it would raise awareness of the disease, which affects one in nine women.

"We strongly encourage Kiwi women of all ages to be breast aware, to get regular mammograms and to seek medical advice if they find anything unusual.

"If we can save a life by encouraging Kiwi women to be vigilant, then it will be a remarkable achievement."

Ten dollars from the sale of every calendar will go to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

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