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CU freshman Anna Swanson poses for the Boulder Swimsuit Calendar 2011.
CU freshman Anna Swanson poses for the Boulder Swimsuit Calendar 2011.

Swimsuit calendars conjure thoughts of tropical beaches, remote islands, palm trees and crashing waves.

Yet being stuck in landlocked Colorado didn’t stop University of Colorado senior Carl Truong and his business partner, sophomore Matthew Piskorz, from creating the Boulder Swimsuit Calendar 2011.

If you go

What: Boulder Swimsuit Calendar 2011 launch party

When: 9 p.m. Saturday

Where: The Goose, 1301 Broadway, Boulder

Cost: Free (21+). Calendar is $12

“We thought Boulder was a great place to start because it’s been rated in many different publications over the years as one of the happiest, healthiest and most educated places to live,” Truong said. “We wanted to pull these pieces together in something visual and aesthetic. We chose CU students that would represent not only the school, but also the community.”

The 12 models — all University of Colorado students ) will be at The Goose, 1301 Broadway, at 9 p.m. Saturday signing autographs for the calendar’s release party.

Senior Melissa Weintraub, who posed for the month of June at a local apartment complex pool, has modeled in the past with Denver’s Rae Marie Designs, a company spearheaded by CU graduate Rachel Hurst, the founder of CU’s Fashion Design Student Association.

Weintraub, a marketing major, said she enjoys modeling in her free time, but prefers to take the marketing route in the future.

“I think it’s fun to get Boulder girls into a swimsuit calendar since we don’t have an ocean around,” Weintraub said. “It’s a fun idea and the money goes to a good cause.”

Truong and Piskorz began their business venture, BoulderSweetDeals LLC, to raise awareness of humanitarian and environmental challenges. Five percent of the calendar proceeds will be donated to the Make a Wish Foundation.

Junior Erin Musso, who posed for the month of May at the Boulder Reservoir, has modeled in a Fashion Design Student Association runway show and is now a designer for the club.

“Posing for the calendar was fun,” said Musso, a political science and international affairs major. “It’s for a good cause and it will hopefully attract college guys who like seeing girls in bathing suits.”

Truong said his photographers posed the models at the best scenic locations around town.

“We made sure to capture the beauty of Boulder with the models in professional shots,” Truong said. “We went to places like the Boulder Reservoir, campus, Varsity Lake and even an urban shoot on the Pearl Street Mall in a back alley.”

Since the launch party is 21-plus, Truong said those 18 and older can meet the models on Dec. 17 at the Hookah House, 1325 Broadway.

“Signing autographs on my picture will be surreal,” Weintraub said. “I’ve never done something like this before, so it will be really cool.”