Every year, the Pirelli tire company creates a limited-edition “art item” calendar for its clients featuring impressive photographs of scantily-clad models and celebrities. The 2017 edition, shot by photographer Peter Lindbergh, captures high-profile women without retouching them to hide signs that they’re aging, and with more clothes on than we’ve seen in the past. While 2016’s personality-driven images marked a dramatic departure for the famously sexed-up calendar, this
Lindbergh told the New York Times, “We see all these people today who all want to be perfect and young. My thought was, ‘Why don’t we do a calendar with women ready to go without much makeup, to be as they are?’ For me, beauty is someone who can say yes to herself.”
This year’s calendar includes stunning black-and-white images of actresses Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o, Charlotte Rampling, Lea Seydoux, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright, and Zhang Ziyi, as well as Anastasia Ignatova, a political theory professor at Moscow State University. Check out a few of the photos below:
Visit the Pirelli website for a look at previous calendars, dating back to the ‘60s.