ChicagoTribune.com, by Elahe Izadi, November 29, 2016.
For decades, the Pirelli calendar has been known for its exclusivity, its glamour, its nudity.
But this year’s calendar, unveiled Tuesday, is different. German photographer Peter Lindbergh captured 14 actresses not in dazzling gowns, dolled up or in the buff, but in black and white with bare faces and unkempt hair. The actresses went nearly makeup-free for the shoot, the Associated Press reported.
“In a time when women are represented in the media and everywhere else, as ambassadors of perfection and youth, I thought it was important to remind everyone that there is a different beauty, more real and truthful and not manipulated by commercial or any other interests, a beauty which speaks about individuality, courage to be yourself and your own private sensibility,” Lindbergh said in a statement.
Lindbergh’s approach continues the break that began with last year’s calendar, in which Annie Leibovitz photographed – nearly nude or fully clothed – women such as Serena Williams, Amy Schumer and Yoko Ono. At the time, Leibovitz said she wanted the images to be direct, “to show women exactly as they are, without artifice.”