It's not uncommon for a proud mother to show off pictures of her children, but it's less common for a mother to show off pictures of her five topless daughters.
But Jeanette O'Donnal is proud to do so, and she'll be prouder still when the March issue of Playboy magazine hits the newsstands within the next week or so.
Five of her daughters Missi Juhl, 23, Spring Johnson, 26, Raquel William, 28, Danna Peil, 30, and Cami White, 32 will be featured, duds doffed, in a pictorial spread that heralds their part-time jobs as members of the All-American Topless Golf Team.
"From the time that my children were small, I've felt that they were independent beings who have come into this world to be involved with life," said O'Donnal, who lives in both Mesa and Payson, where she works three days a week as a hairdresser for Lemon Tree Hair Design.
"We've always been very open about their expression of themselves, and I've never been judgmental to them about anything."
Not everyone in O'Donnal's family, though, is thrilled that the girls all of whom work full time as topless dancers in the Valley are taking their nudity national.
"Their father was resistant at first to the Playboy idea, but he didn't like the fact that they were table dancers, either," O'Donnal said. "And one of my daughters has a boyfriend who's not too comfortable with it. But I have a son, Gordon, who's 20 and an oldest daughter, Cindy, who's 38, and they've always been open to the whole thing. They're very proud of it."
As for the girls, she said, their typical response to naysayers is, "We're independent beings and we're not going to back off from what we feel we want to do."
"Our family has always been that way," O'Donnal said. "My daughter Cami got married at 15, and we went to the superior court judge to get permission. That kind of thing helps to make (adolescents) very responsible, and they learn a lot and grow up."
Today, all five daughters are single. Danna has four children and Raquel has two. All but Danna, who entered the world via Guatemala, were born and raised in Mesa, where they continue to reside.
All five women also work as topless table dancers in the Valley three at Bourbon Street, and two at the Highlighter, where they got their start in professional regalia-removal.
"I go to the clubs to see them perform," O'Donnal said as enthusiastically as the mother of a Miss America contestant. "They dance for me, I enjoy it, I take my friends and we have a big party. But their father has never gone."
The opportunity to appear in Playboy came about when Missi appeared on Howard Stern's syndicated radio program last October to promote the team and its Web site.
"Well, Playboy heard about them and called them asking to do a shoot in Las Vegas," O'Donnal said.
In an Internet preview of the photo spread, All-American Topless Golf Team owner and creator Gary Johnson of Phoenix describes the moment when inspiration struck.
"I was on the seventh hole on a golf course one day and it just popped into my mind. Let's put two and two together," he said.
The team, Johnson is quoted as saying, is made up of a fast growing number of "strippers, personal trainers and massage therapists." The team began with six members, now it has 25.
These are women who, reports the preview site, "adhere to one credo: No shirt. No bra. No problem."
Two of O'Donnal's daughters are quoted as well.
"I'm topless most of the time anyway just because I love being naked," said Missi.
"I think life should be allowed to be naked if they want it to," added Raquel.
Although a mastery of the game of golf is not in their repertoire "No, they can't play. At least not very well," the preview reads the women do what they do well enough to earn a $500 to $700 a person "rental fee" for each appearance on the links.
The only problem, Missi lamented online, is that, when you're naked, "It's hard to find any courses out there that will let you play."
But don't get Jeanette O'Donnal wrong. Despite her open-minded views, posing in the altogether in Playboy magazine is not something she would have done in her own youth.
"No. No, no, no," she said, lest anyone jump to any erroneous conclusions. "I was raised Mormon. I grew up in that atmosphere of very closed thoughts and religious beliefs. I went to Brigham Young University. But I grew up on the outskirts of the Guatemalan jungle, very open, very free, a very free spirit, even though I come from Hispanic Catholic-Mormon-Irish roots.
"My children's father is a German-Canadian with a totally different background. He was more strict in his beliefs," O'Donnal said. "I guess the combined influences of the two of us worked out pretty well for our children."
Is she going to rush out and buy the very first copy of the magazine?
"I don't think I'll have to," O'Donnal said with a satisfied grin. "I think I'll be getting an advance copy."