The Pirelli Calendar Features Hollywood’s Top Female Stars With A Twist

The calendar offers something a little different from the standard 12-month collection.

Jessica Chastain Image Pirelli

Pirelli has offered up fans a first look at the striking images set to feature in the company’s official calendar shoot for 2017, with some of Hollywood’s biggest female stars featuring as part of a collection that defies convention.

Traditionally speaking, calendar shoots have featured plenty in the way of glossy, retouched images showcasing all of the subject’s best angles and looks.

But Pirelli have been doing something a little different in recent years.

The 2016 edition saw Annie Leibovitz behind the camera, with iconic female stars like Serena Williams, Patti Smith, Tavi Gevinson and Yoko Ono featuring in a series of raw, black and white images that showcased their natural splendor rather than today’s increasingly stage-managed, photoshopped idea of beauty.

Julianne Moore for Pirelli.
Julianne Moore For Pirelli Image Pirelli

It’s a similar story in 2017, with photographer Peter Lindbergh putting together a collection with the intention of creating “a calendar not around perfect bodies, but on sensitivity and emotion, stripping down to the very soul of the sitters, who thus become more nude than naked.”

Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o For Pirelli Image Pirelli

The 44th incarnation, entitled Emotional, the collection features the likes of
Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Charlotte Rampling, Léa Seydoux, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright, and Zhang Ziyi.

Robin Wright for Pirelli
Robin Wright For Pirelli Image Pirelli

There’s one other notable twist to proceedings too with Moscow State University professor Anastacia Ignatova also included in the shoot.

Uma Thurman for Pirelli
Uma Thurman For Pirelli Image Pirelli

A teacher within the institution’s political theory department, Ignatova’s inclusion is yet another example of the way in which Pirelli is changing perceptions when it comes to calendars.

And it certainly beats that crap “100% unofficial” Jason Statham calendar you were thinking of buying from the local pound shop.

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