The 2017 Pirelli Calendar photographed by Peter Lindberg, and called “Emotional” was unveiled in Paris this week. Fourteen famous women are featured like you’ve never seen them before.
Nicole Kidman gets real for Pirelli Calendar
A-listers like Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Zhang Ziyi, Julianne Moore, Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Lupita Nyong’o, Charlotte Rampling, Léa Seydoux, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander and Robin Wright showed their “Emotional side” for this renowned calendar.
This time the theme follows in the wake of the 2016 calendar by Annie Leibovitz’ which presented “strong and natural” women. This year the calendar is called “Emotional” and boasts realistic and natural shots of the “celebrity” women, not only with little or no makeup but sans the Photoshop or any airbrushing. What is presented in its pages this time is the real deal.
The Pirelli Calendar is an annual trade calendar of the multi-national company of the same name. The calendar has been published since 1963 by the Pirelli company’s UK subsidiary. Known for its limited availability, it has become a mark of distinction for both the models that are chosen to grace its pages and the photographers that create it.
Producing the calendar was discontinued for a 10 year period after the 1974 issue for economic reasons, but was re-established and has since been published yearly.
Photographer for this year’s shoot, Peter Lindberg. explains about what he aimed to achieve. “I wanted to use the 2017 Calendar to convey a different kind of beauty. Since it’s based on consumption, the present system offers a single kind of beauty, which is essentially one of youth and perfection, since its objective is to get people to consume. But this idea of beauty has nothing to do with the real world or with women. Through the Pirelli Calendar I’ve tried to convey a different message, which is that beauty is far more than what advertising offers us today.”
His mission, Lindberg says, was to create a calendar, not about perfect bodies but to capture emotion and sensitivity and lay bare the souls of the women, actually rendering them more naked than a nude. Lindbergh went on to stress that his goal in this year’s calendar is to show “beauty that speaks about individuality and the courage to be yourself.”
The 2017 edition marks the 44th calendar following in the Pirelli tradition and includes more than 40 black and white images. Over the years the calendars have featured many supermodels and actresses and presented a theme which often showcased their sexuality. However, lately, the calendar has taken on a different look. ELLE magazine noted that this year’s calendar features actresses who are mature by Hollywood standards; for instance, Helen Mirren is 71, Julianne Moore is 55, Robin Wright is 50 and Nicole Kidman is 49.
Uma Thurman, who is one of the women photographed in the 2017 calendar said, ”I think Peter’s mission with everyone involved wanting to free women from oppressive and false standards is fantastic.”
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