Q: What is Mormons Exposed?
A: Mormons Exposed is a forward-thinking brand that is best known for its controversial Men on a Mission Calendar, featuring twelve handsome former Mormon missionaries who have dared to pose bare-chested. The brand is predicated on a message of religious and cultural tolerance with humanitarian efforts. The reaction has been polarizing within and outside the Mormon community as it has created dialog around the world.
Q: What makes the Hot Mormon Muffins calendar so unique?
A: Behind the eye-candy, this brand has a deeper story - one that can reshape perceptions, heighten awareness, and perhaps encourage and inspire a broadened acceptance of human and religious diversity. The fact that twelve Mormons mothers appearing in a pin-up calendar has certainly raised eyebrows, it has also helped sort out some common misconceptions about Mormons. The shock value of what these traditionally conservative mothers has done is a powerful progressive step in building a dialogue that encourages people across every belief system and walk of life to defy stereotypes, step out of judgment and embrace tolerance.
Q: Who is the face behind Mormons Exposed, and why has he created this project?
A: Having come from a sixth-generation Mormon family, lived in Utah for 8 years, and served a 2-year religious mission himself, Chad Hardy, the producer and co-founder of Mormons Exposed, has an in-depth understanding of the LDS church and its devotees. Hardy set out on a mission to showcase individuality within religion and to build bridges that separate humanity based on religious and cultural intolerance. Hardy's excommunication from the LDS Church because of this project has given him more reason to encourage people of every belief system to take a stand for their own voice, while showing more tolerance and love for one another.
Q: Why Mormons?
A: This brand is more about promoting the idea that we are all unique individual people, made up of the same material and woven together in one canvas, than it is about religion. The message is of acceptance and understanding. While this brand is humorous, dangerous, daring and sexy - our message runs deep - whether you love, hate or are indifferent to Mormons, you can appreciate this brand for what it represents.
Q: What was the impetus for the development of the Mormons Exposed project? What do you hope to achieve through the calendar release?
A: The initial Men on a Mission calendar was intended to be a light-hearted and fun spin on a social taboo. The Hot Mormon Muffins calendar was created to advance the project to a broader audience. Far too much fear, hatred, anger and violence is committed in (and against) the name of religion. By showing these Mormons as regular people, we hope to build a common thread that can break down some of the barriers that have been built up. Driven by the desire to serve as an advocate for change, Mormons Exposed created an international product that consumers everywhere found humorous and enjoyable. The calendar project and surrounding buzz served as a platform to encourage many different groups of people to look beyond the stereotypes of race, religion or political affiliation to achieve a greater understanding of one another.
Q: Who are the twelve mothers featured in the calendar?
A: The twelve Mormon mothers who "bare their testimony" on the pages of the Hot Mormon Muffins calendar were hand-selected for their beauty and powerful personal devotion. They are women who were comfortable enough in their own beliefs, and independent and brave enough to take a stand for what they believe in regardless of what others may think. By slightly stepping away from the Mormon traditions of modest dress, these women boldly show the world they can have a strong faith and be proud of who they are, both with a sense of individualism and a sense humor at the same time.
Q: What has motivated the twelve mothers to be part of this project?
A: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich once said "well-behaved women rarely make history." Historically, change has come from those who have dared to challenge the status quo. These twelve mothers appearing in the calendar are doing just that. There are many stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding women's roles within the Mormon faith. This project is about removing those stereotypes and liberating women around the world by showcasing that being a mother can also encapsulate being independent and beautiful in a lifestyle of individual faith.
Q: How will the proceeds of the calendar be used?
A: The Hot Mormon Muffins calendar will benefit breast cancer research. This was inspired by Yayoi (Ms. August) who survived breast cancer and the memory of Lynda's (Ms. June) sister, whose life was cut short by breast cancer.
Q: What has been the public response to your project, thus far?
A: While the brand is intended to be tongue-in-cheek, we understand that some people are offended by it. Thus far, reactions have hailed from each polar end of the spectrum. Whatever the reaction solicited, the brand is already achieving what we set out to do - it had sparked dialogue, which is the first step toward understanding.
Q: What is your return policy?
A: All calendar sales are final.
All unworn apparel may be returned or exchanged within 30 days of original purchase. We will pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error - if you received a defective or incorrect item, etc.
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