Body paint transforms women into wild animals at The Retailery for charities
PUBLISHED: 10:03 26 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:03 26 June 2018
Brave women decided to bare all, strip off and be painted from head to toe to raise money for charities.
A group of seven women gathered at The Retailery, Market Place, Romford, on Saturday to volunteer themselves as artwork for the day, having their entire bodies painted as an animal of their choice.
Organiser Jade Foster-Jerrett said: “I am so proud of the seven ladies that took part, it isn’t easy to sit in a public area, almost naked and get painted by a stranger!
“We all have our own body hang ups and confidence issues, and you could see how nervous each of them were but they got over their fears and the end result was truly fantastic.”
From zebras and giraffes, to flamingos and cheetahs, women were transformed into creatures of the wilderness to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice, Mitchell’s Miracles, Pippa’s Army and Brompton Hospital.
Jenny Riding, who took part on the day, said: “I decided to raise money for Saint Francis Hospice as the charity is close to my heart.
“I was a little nervous to begin with, however the atmosphere was so upbeat and everyone was buzzing that my insecurities - and I assume everyone else’s too - soon disappeared.
“There were ladies of various shapes and sizes and we all had that feeling of strong women empowerment.”
So far, the day raised around £1,250 from online donations and money given on the day by passers-by which will be shared between the different charities.
Those who organised the event are already planning on holding it again next year.
Jade said: “We are making a statement to raise awareness and funds for various charities and there is no better way than getting people’s attention in a unique way!
“I am an experienced face painter so to use my work to help others is something I am passionate about.
“I love to be a bit daring and do things no one else does so that it benefits others and getting them to step out of their comfort zones.”