BEAUTY, INSPIRATION | 4 December 2015

Pirelli calender 2016

While the Pirelli Calendar typically shows picture perfect models, the 2016 version is different. Completely different.

“This calendar is so completely different. It is a departure. The idea was not to have any pretense in these pictures and be very straightforward.” – Annie Leibowitz

Serena Williams, Amy Schumer, Patti Smith, Tavi Gavinsin and many more represent the strength and uniqueness of women, each photographed in their own way. Amy Schumer, wearing not much except heels and panties, poses nude ironically – as if she didn’t get the memo that this year everybody was dressed. “She got the whole concept completely” according to Annie Leibowitz who photographed this years calendar.  And what we love the most is Amy’s reaction when Annie Leibowitz was double-checking if it wouldn’t make her too self-conscious: “Are you kidding, I love my body“.

And although it shouldn’t be too big of a deal when someone without the ideal body shape poses semi-nude, it still is. And since it’s still a rarity flaws are being shown, we applaud Amy. But we mostly applaud Annie en Pirelli for making this change by showing a diverse group of women, from young to old. Women with a story.

“I started to think about the roles that women play, women who have achieved something. I wanted to make a classic set of portraits. I thought that the women should look strong but natural and I decided to keep it a very simple exercise of shooting in the studio.” – Annie Leibowitz