Mic.com, by Rachel Lubitz, November 29, 2016
For the past 50 years, the Pirelli calendar has stood as the fashion industry’s annual celebration of female beauty, with sensuous, glossy images of top models, celebrities and notable figures in various stages of undress.
But over the past year in particular, the Cal, as it’s known, has seen a shift. For the 2016 Pirelli calendar, photographer Annie Leibovitz focused on women with spectacular careers, from Serena Williams to Patti Smith and Yoko Ono, rather than women with spectacular measurements. And now for the 2017 Pirelli calendar, which was revealed on Tuesday, it’s all about celebrating raw, real beauty without any face or body retouching.
In a press release, the calendar’s photographer, Peter Lindbergh, explained that he wanted “to create 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.”