Celebrities: pose nude to protest women abuse

2009-01-16 00:00

Johannesburg — Eight celebrities and their partners bare it all to raise awareness of violence against women in the latest issue of Marie Claire.

The cover features Minki Visser (née Van der Westhuizen) in the nude with her husband, Constant, cupping his hands over her breasts from behind.

The magazine features daring pictures of the couples, their views on violence against women and their secrets for a successful relationship.

The photographs, taken by Marc Cameron, will be auctioned in aid of human rights group People Opposing Women Abuse (Powa).

In one of the photos, former Idols finalist Munro du Toit casually hoses down his girlfriend, model and actress Christina Storm, next to a swimming pool.

Comedian Soli Philander and Toni, his wife of about 24 years, sit side by side on a couch.

Among the other couples who participated in the campaign are fashion designer Craig Port and his partner, Bryan Hellmann.

Minki said in the article she and her husband regard it as important to be good role models. “Even if we can only help one woman … it will be worthwhile.”

Her husband said he wanted to become involved for Minki’s sake and to support the cause.

Philander said he wanted to be involved because he grew up in a community where violence against women frequently occurred.

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