PHOTOS BY MARK THOMPSON
One of these days, I’ll be starring on the TV show Hoarders. I’ve got a shitload of old magazines, newspapers, DVDs and other assorted crap piled up in my office. Some are collector’s items, others are sentimental and many are a combination of both. While recently shoveling through the clutter, I found a jewel among the rubbish… a gem buried for the past 9 years. The Shades of Color 2003: Lovely Latin Ladies Calendar.
Long before so-called “urban modeling” became the fad it is now, Shades of Color put out calendars featuring beautiful African-American women. They also mixed it up and released calendars exclusively showcasing white, Asian and Latina models. SOC never went bananas with the airbrush and Photoshop effects, yet their work was consistently great year after year. Since way back, I copped these gorgeous calendars annually to brighten up my living spaces. Some Shades of Color models were never heard from again but many have used the opportunity as a springboard to bigger and better things.
The Lovely Latin Ladies joint was one of my favorites and I really lucked out by re-discovering it. This collectors item features Monique Adaire (one of the best to ever do it in my opinion) and Angelie Almendare, both of whom gained fame in Lowrider Magazine. Also included in this edition is Peruvian porn star Alexis Amore and hot-beyond-belief Rachel Sterling, an actress who appeared in The Wedding Crashers. Rachel is my favorite chick in the calendar, by the way… you’ll see why in a moment.
As the saying goes, “It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none.” So I scanned all 12 models (each representing a month in 2003) and uploaded them especially for the notorious Thirst Mob. Your enjoyment is all the thanks I need. I don’t remember which chicks repped what particular month. In the photo above we have Lisa, the cover model of the calendar (her last name remains a mystery to this day). Below, in order of appearance: Alyssa, Monica Valles, Monique Adaire, Angelina Lopez, Andrea Daylene, Raylene, Monica Silva, Angelie Almendare, Rachel Sterling, Lisa Lopez (no, not Left Eye) and Alexia Amore. Props to photographer Mark Thompson for shooting what ended up becoming a bona-fide classic.
Click the pics to enlarge and soak in every gorgeous Latina pixel.