In early 2008 my brother Leo and I maxed out our credit cards to create a photo blog for stuff we though would make people laugh. We called the site theCHIVE. The domain was available for $9.99 on GoDaddy. Good enough. After a few months, the gamble seemed to be paying off. We had a few thousand people visiting theCHIVE everyday! TheCHIVE didn't look a bit like it does today, but the vibe of the site was positive and people seemed to enjoy all 20 photos in the Daily Afternoon Randomness.
So one day I put out a call on theCHIVE to see if there were any girls on our site at all. A nice girl, whose name is lost on me now, responded and sent a photo of herself smiling. She closed the email, 'A Chivette'. The word hadn't even existed until that moment. And so the Chivettes were born.
If you had told us then that someday we'd be able to fly out your favorite Chivettes, I'd probably have laughed at the notion and dismissed it. But here we are.
Lauren Gentile, Willow Hubbard, and Erin Willett flew across the country to represent the first wave of Chivettes for our Chivette Calendar. And I really can't thank them enough for taking the chance. They knew they wouldn't be photoshopped and, in this digital age, photoshop is often a model's mental safety net.
Above all, these girls love a good laugh, just like all of us here on theCHIVE. It was awesome working and hanging out with all of them. So enjoy these photos. What you'll see today is a very small portion of the photos that were taken when we had a few free minutes between the actual calendar shots, which we're keeping guarded for the moment. Thanks for all your support and enjoy, Chivers.