The 2016-17 Charger Girls Swimsuit Calendar was unveiled Wednesday night at the Parq Restaurant and Nightclub in downtown.
The 2016 NFL season officially kicked off Wednesday night with the debut of the San Diego Charger Girls' 2016-2017 calendar.
In front of a crowd at Parq Restaurant and Nightclub in downtown San Diego, attendees were treated to multiple videos of the Charger Girls calendar shoot. Once the videos ended, in dramatic fashion, Charger Girls Director Lisa Simmons unveiled each calendar page as well as the prestigious cover.
Fourth-year veteran Shelbi joined Delani and Blake on the cover. While this was her third-straight cover appearance, the thought of gracing it was still an overwhelming experience.
"It was incredible shooting for the cover," Shelbi said. "We shot it at sunset, on Coronado Island, with downtown right behind us. I was so honored and excited to see it, but regardless, we have such a beautiful calendar. We have the most beautiful girls ever."
For the first time in Charger Girls history, the calendar was shot exclusively in San Diego's historic downtown. Charger Girls were placed all over the downtown area with shoots taking place in the Embarcadero, Gaslamp Quarter, East Village and Seaport Village to name a few. Shooting in a very public place included many challenges, but as Shelbi mentioned, it was so exciting to be a part of showcasing "iconic San Diego."
"It was really exciting for us because we never captured downtown before," Simmons said. "We were really able to capture the city through the eyes of a tourist which was really important to us."
Another interesting part of the calendar this year is that for the first time ever, it features customized swimwear from DollStreet for all 28 Charger Girls. With designs including Chargers markings to Charger Girls emblems and other tops and bottoms in team colors, like the cover shot's gold bathing suits, the pieces by DollStreet founder Lindsay Moen were essential to making the calendar as unique to San Diego and the Chargers as possible.
"We shot the ladies in branded swimwear which we had never done before," Simmons said. "They all received custom pieces provided by DollStreet which was a really unique angle. It was fun to see our brand and our Chargers branding in little pockets of downtown."
The calendar will be available for purchase online and at the Chargers Team Store on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.