Do you remember his photo from last year? Valtteri Bottas – which he himself published on Instagram – and was pointing at him enjoying the waters of a river naked in Aspen; Yes, she is the one auctioned off for charity and then gifted a copy of it to Lewis Hamilton.
Many times something that it starts as a joke may end up as very serious and important and this also happened in this particular case. The Finnish pilot decided to create a diary with nude photos of him in order to raise money for the annual Movember charity event.
Each November, millions of men they choose to leave moustache and not to shaveto highlight, symbolically, various men’s health issuesby prostate cancer until mental health issues.
In co-operation with photographer – and his personal friend – Paul RipkeBottas decided last month to create diary with nude photos of himin which they appear only his rear, in order to raise money for the specific purpose. At the beginning “only” 10,000 copies were printedwhich were hyped through his site, resulting in even more being printed.
According to a post he made on social media, the first days of the calendar’s release he had concentrated one greater than $150,000 which included some donations! Therefore, his move was worthwhile, even if, initially, met with backlash and distrust from his mother’s side.
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“Thank you so much for your support in November. With donations and calendars we all raised a significant amount for Movember togetherwhich means that all of us we helpedbut also will make a positive impact to save many human lives»he said characteristically and added: “The final amounts will be calculated in the next few days, but we are talking about about $150,000».
Her guide Alfa Romeo – where now retired from Formula 1 – explained how this particular idea came about: “When I posted the photo in Aspen a year ago, became extremely popular. We collected, then, enough money (s.s. more than 50,000 euros) and because I do a lot of things with Ripke, who is a good friend of mine, we started joking and say among ourselves: ‘If only there was a complete calendar’. Now approaching November, the month of Movember, we started thinking about it seriously, that it would be a very good thing that we could do. The we decided, but we said it would be for charity. Is mainly for prostate cancer research».
Bottas elaborated on his thoughts on Movember: “He’s focused mainly in this. I know quite a few people who had their own people who were facing this particular health problem. Many men they are afraid to talk about such matters. Yet I showed myself naked, I was not ashamed, wanting to be an example. We shouldn’t be ashamed of our bodies”.
As for her his mother and how he reacted to his nude photos? “The truth is that I got a text from my mother»he admitted. “It was styled…’What is this;’ He doesn’t understand English well, he saw some of the videos I posted and she was confused but also protective. He asked me ‘are you sure this is what you want to do?’ However, when I explained the charity to her, he had no objection».
Of course, Bottas received similar comments from others. “There have been questions from various people wondering why I’m doing this. ‘Why do you want to show your butt?; But they also understood everything when I explained it to them”.
In conclusion, Bottas “revealed” that the process of creating the diary she was quite entertaining. “Imagine how funny that was to perform all these downloads».
It is worth noting that there is also a competition on Instagram to whom 5 lucky ones they will obtain copies of the diary signed by him!
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