As the 2013-2014 NFL season is approaching, I’m proud to enter my third season with the Gotham City Cheerleaders. It’s an exciting time for our great city, knowing the Super Bowl will take place on our home grounds. This year we’ve got a special treat for all you football lovin’, blue-bleeding GCC fans. Every other week, I’m going to be sharing with you exclusive, behind-the-scenes stories about what it’s like to be a part of the GCC family and the pro-cheerleading world. From event recaps, to contests, to answering YOUR questions, this is your all-access pass to all things GCC.
One of the constant questions I’ve received since my start with the team is, “Are you guys going to come out with a calendar?” Well…the answer is finally, YES!!
In case you haven’t heard …. Friday, September 6th we will unveil the first ever Gotham City Cheerleaders swimsuit calendar titled ALL IN, NEW YORK. The event is open to the public and will include performances by the cheerleaders, a swimsuit runway show, football trivia contest and raffles. You can get your tickets on our site at: www.nyunofficials.com/calendarpremiere. It’s going to be a night you don’t want to miss!
Photo credit: VRS
This calendar is the first of its kind, as it pays homage to the sights we all know and love around the five boroughs. As much as we would have loved to take a trip to an exotic location, I think it was special for us to shoot in areas that are right here at home and that people from all over the world come to see! We had a blast getting glammed up (shout out to our stylists from Antoine’s Salon in Jersey!) and traveling to different locations around the city. In fact, shooting a swimsuit calendar is just about as glamorous as it sounds – from having your hair and makeup done and slipping into a custom swimsuit from Sports Illustrated designer, Diane Raulston, to WERKing your poses for the camera, as a crowd of spectators forms around you. But I think I speak for all the girls when I say that the best part about shooting this calendar was actually the bonding experience it created for all of us.
Aside from the All Pro Convention in Atlanta, which not everyone attended, this was the first time us girls were together out of a rehearsal setting. I happened to be shooting on the first day with some of the rookies – a day so rainy that we had to wait several hours before we could take any photos. The girls assisting on my shoot were also mostly rookies, so I didn’t know most of them. They could have easily complained about getting wet (imagine our hair and makeup!), or having to wait for so long – but they didn’t.
Instead, we joked and made videos of all of us huddled under one umbrella, which several times inverted because of the wind, causing us to laugh even harder. We sat in the car sharing both the bag of carrots I brought to munch on and ideas of what we were going to eat once the photo shoot was over (a treat of some sort was in order!). Our tummies rumbling in unison, it was at that moment that I felt a real connection with my new teammates – that we were all in this together and to create an amazing product as a symbol of our dedication to our team.
Lookout, New York. I am proud to say I have one amazing group of young, professional woman with a New York state of mind to call my teammates. From Wall Street to the Intrepid, this calendar represents the greatest city in the world!
Be sure to check our social media pages beginning August 24 for a chance to win a free VIP ticket to our calendar premiere and other prizes.
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