Pirelli calendars known for their images of scantily-clad models has made headlines since 1963 and this coming year is no exception, but with a twist. It features an older cast, hardly any makeup and little nudity.
Titled ‘Emotional,’ the 40-page calendar shows 14 internationally-renowned actresses of all ages, including Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Helen Mirren, Charlotte Rampling Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong’o, shot by German photographer Peter Lindbergh.
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Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Helen Mirren and Charlotte Rampling walked the red carpet at the Pirelli calendar gala dinner in Paris.
The actresses reacted positively to the Calendar’s move toward less sexualised images of women.
Asked about the pressures young models might feel today to achieve the perception of a perfect image, Ramping said:
“It’s just great to see women with not much makeup on looking just not necessarily that extraordinarily perfect and fantastic but just looking great and natural.”
Helen Mirren agreed that perfection is absurd:
“To really let go of that, which actually as an actress I did quite a long time ago, and in order to progress as an actress you have to let go of that because otherwise you’re doomed you know.”
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It is the third time Lindbergh has shot the calendar. Other subjects include Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Julianne Moore and Robin Wright, with the photos taken in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Le Touquet and New York.
For this shoot, Peter Lindbergh decided to steer clear from overdone glamorous shots The stripped back photographs show the actresses wearing minimal makeup in a bid to portray ‘natural beauty and femininity’.
The simple, black and white pictures of the celebrities were unveiled at a press conference in Paris:“Sexy is normally translated by bikinis and high heels, and this is the opposite of what I think is sexy. I think sexy is something that is very very hidden and not exposed, exposing that cannot be sexy any more,” said the photographer.
It follows Annie Leibovitz’s 2016 work for Pirelli, which featured women of all types from across the industry, including Tennis player Serena Williams, comedian Amy Schumer and artist Yoko Ono, in what was seen as a move away from Pirelli’s traditional collection of pin-ups.
The calendar is traditionally published in a limited run for top Pirelli clients and the 2017 edition will be its 44th.