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2016 Pirelli Calendar Reveals Surprises

When Serena Williams, Amy Schumer, Yoko Ono and Annie Leibovitz are participating in the Pirelli calendar, something is clearly afoot. The 43rd edition of the 2016 Pirelli Calendar was revealed in full in London recently, the AFP reports. With the Internet already abuzz with the news, Pirelli is proving it is a tire company with a difference.

This most recent exclusive annual publication is the work of the American photography legend Leibovitz, who shot the work last July in her New York studio.

Rather than take the traditional approach of using supermodels and shooting them nude, this year’s calendar features 13 “women of outstanding professional, social, cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment”. Stop for a moment and imagine the outrage of what GQ calls “Brains over Boobs…”

From tennis ace Williams to singer Patti Smith and the comedienne Schumer, the calendar’s stars are all making waves in their industries – and will now attract the wrath of Internet trolls. As was the case with the first few calendars of the 1960s and, 2002, 2008 and 2013 versions, there are no nudes. The Independent even calls the 2016 version a “feminist pinup calendar.”


In a further departure from the publication’s previous high-octane glamour, the 2016 calendar captures the women in pared-down black and white photographs taken in Leibovitz’s studio.

“When Pirelli approached me, they said they wanted to make a departure from the past,” Leibovitz says. “They suggested the idea of photographing distinguished women. After we agreed on that, the goal was to be very straightforward. I wanted the pictures to show the women exactly as they are, with no pretense.”

The photographer enjoyed the relaxed approach to the project, adding: “I’m a great admirer of comediennes. The Amy Schumer portrait added some fun. It’s as if she didn’t get the memo saying that she could keep her clothes on.”

Other women starring in the calendar include Chinese actress Yao Chen, Russian model Natalia Vodianova, producer Kathleen Kennedy, art collector and patroness Agnes Gund, leader, critic and writer Fran Lebowitz, the President of Ariel Investments, Mellody Hobson, film director Ava DuVernay, blogger Tavi Gevinson, Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat and the performer Yoko Ono.

To mark the launch of the new calendar, Pirelli has also unveiled a new website pirellicalendar.com, featuring video footage and images from the 2016 shoot in addition to material from the archives.

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Behind the scenes at the 2016 Pirelli calendar shoot

A new video goes behind the scenes on the shoot for Pirelli’s latest calendar, which will feature tennis star Serena Williams among its models.

For 2016, Annie Leibovitz is behind the camera for the first time, and the new teaser shows images of her in action, as well as shots of the crew getting ready for the shoot, and glimpses of some of the people who modeled this year.

Earlier this week, Serena Williams revealed that she would be stepping in front of the camera for the limited-availability calendar, joining previous stars including Kate Moss, Gisele Bundchen and Jennifer Lopez.

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Check out Pirelli’s 2015 calendar

Famed American fashion photographer Steven Meisel has shot this year’s edition of the , revealed Tuesday in Milan.

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Titled ‘Calendar Girls 2015’, this latest edition of the Italian brand’s annual supermodel-studded fashion calendar is themed around the idea of classic pin-ups with a modern twist.

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“Sometimes to show a bit of fashion is even more sexy than to be totally naked,” explained the calendar’s stylist, Carine Roitfeld.

The “Americans” include rising star Gigi Hadid, plus-size model Candice Huffine, Carolyn Murphy and Cameron Russell. The Brazilians represented are Isabeli Fontana, Adriana Lima and Raquel Zimmermann. English model Karen Elson appears as well as Puerto Rican Joan Small, Natalia Vodianova and Sasha Luss from Russia, and Anna Ewers from Germany.

Previous editions have been shot by Karl Lagerfeld, Terry Richardson, Mario Sorrenti and Steve McCurry.

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Mario Sorrenti to shoot next Pirelli calendar

2011 Pirelli calendar

The illustrious calendar’s casting director, Jennifer Starr, has confirmed that Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti is 2012’s Pirelli man, Stylecaster reports.

Other fashion sites, including Fashion Copius and Fashionologie, had previously assumed that Steven Meisel would capture next year’s edition.

Karl Lagerfeld, Terry Richardson, or Patrick Demarchelier were chosen to shoot the calendar, which is commissioned by Italian tire company Pirelli, in past years.

Sorrenti, who is best known for his artful nudes in the pages of magazines such as Vogue, is expected to bring back a high-fashion feel following Lagerfeld’s timelessly elegant and Richardson’s sexually provocative pictures.

This year’s model cast, which regularly includes the freshest and most famous of faces, has not been confirmed.

Pirelli’s calendar gets released at the end of the year, but only to a handful of the company’s clients and business partners.

A more accessible option is French Vogue’s yearly calendar, for instance, which is just as racy and fashionable and which also enlists the world’s top photographers and fashion models.

2011 Pirelli calendar presented by Karl Lagerfeld

The 2011 Pirelli Calendar was unveiled in Moscow and was put together by designer Karl Lagerfeld with the pictures being taken in his studio in Paris.

He dressed models including actress Julianne Moore in gold laurel wreathes and gold body paint, while the four male models wore metallic gold codpieces.

The designer chose the theme of Greek mythology for the photo shoot because of his childhood love for sagas such as Homer’s the Iliad, he said.

“You know, when I started learning to read, the two first things that I read were the IIliad and Nibelungen,” he said, referring to German mythological sagas.

At the presentation, Lagerfeld even compared himself to the chronicler of Greek mythology, calling himself the “visual version of Homer.”

“I did it with my camera instead of with my pen,” he said.

The calendar has been published by Italian tyre company Pirelli since 1964, and has become a collector’s item for its erotic nudes snapped by photographers including Richard Avedon.

Lagerfeld stressed at the presentation that he steered away from any sleazy content and did not pressure models to do risque poses.

“They know they can trust me. I would never do something not absolutely correct,” he said. “There was no danger, no sleaziness.”

The models include Hollywood actress Moore, who poses as Hera, the queen of the gods, in a more modest shot than the other models that does not expose her breasts.

Dutch model Lara Stone, the wife of British comedian David Walliams, also took part, portraying the goddess of beauty, Aphrodite.

“Nobody believes in these gods anymore but the girls in the Pirelli calendar are the goddesses of today,” Lagerfeld said in a film at the presentation.

Models said they saw the calendar as an art project. “It’s less like a calendar and more like a form of art,” US model Erin Wasson told AFP.

“If you’re a huge fan of Karl Lagerfeld, you’re going to want this piece of work from him, as if he’d released a new art book,” Wasson said.

“I think for a model the best thing is to be in a book or in the Pirelli calendar,” said Italian model Bianca Balti.

“It’s the only nice calendar. In Italy there are so many vulgar calendars, like very sexy,” she said, gesturing a voluptous silhouette. “But Pirelli is just about art and beauty.”

Source: AFPrelaxnews

Pirelli 2011 Calendar: Very First Picture Surfaces

It seems that Karl Lagerfeld has already begun shooting Pirelli’s 2011 calendar.

“I’ll do it in my studio in Paris. It’s too obvious to have a beach setting”, was Karl’s comment backstage at his show in Paris.

We’ll be seeing models Isabeli Fontana, Heidi Mount, 2009’s top model Natasha Poly and Magdalena Frackowiak in the calendar.

Not pictured, though rumoured to appear, is Lara Stone – a participation that would be unsurprising given her popularity.
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Karl Lagerfeld Will Shoot the Pirelli Calendar

Designer Karl Lagerfeld has been asked to shoot the 2011 Pirelli Calendar.

Lagerfeld will break out his camera in April for “all of the top girls,” but don’t expect to see any of the beauties rolling in the sand, as with the 2010 calendar.

“I’ll do it in my studio in Paris. It’s too obvious to have a beach setting,” he said.
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