15 years ago Annie Liebovitz shot Pirelli’s erotic calendar, it was the first time she had ever shot nudes professionally. Now, in photographer second shoot, the famous Pirelli calendar have no more nudes at all. But the 66-year-old American photographer seemed to think the nude session was easier.
“The 2000 Calendar was an exercise in photographing nudes–it was a simple concept, ” Leibovitz, said in a statement about her work for the Italian tire company. “For 2016, we did something completely different.”
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This year’s offering features 13 women who have created great distinction for themselves in their careers including Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Fran Lebowitz, Tavi Gevinson and Natalia Vodianova. Previous years have focused solely on models on actresses–in fact, every major model of the past few decades seems to have made an appearance, including Cindy Crawford, Adriana Lima, Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr, Iman, Heidi Klum, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Naomi Campbell, and Kate Moss.
As for actresses Penelope Cruz, Brittany Murphy, Julianne Moore and Sienna Miller have posed for a string of famous photographers like Leibovitz, Karl Lagerfeld, Herb Ritts, and Bruce Weber.
Of course, “nude” is a relative term when it comes to Pirelli. Witness Amy Schumer, coffee cup in hand, covered only in sheer panties and heels. Serena Williams is there topless, too, in black undies. They both look extremely comfortable as posed–possibly even more comfortable than if they had remained clothed.
“I wanted the pictures to show the women exactly as they are, with no pretense, ” Leibovitz said. “The goal was to be very straightforward.”