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Peter Lindbergh's 2017 Pirelli Calendar Is a Celebration of Women

The publication formerly associated with sex and fashion is now all about the inspirational

BY ARIA DARCELLA

NEWS  -  NOVEMBER 29

“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,” explained photographer Peter Lindbergh of his work for the 2017 Pirelli Calendar. “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.”

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Julianne Moore by Peter Lindbergh for the 2017 Pirelli Calendar

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For the 44th edition of the famed calendar, Lindbergh (who has lensed the Pirelli calendar three times now), followed Annie Leibovitz’s lead of eschewing fashion models for inspirational women—in this case, 14 highly respected actresses (including Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Lupita Nyong’o, Charlotte Rampling, Lea Seydoux, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Zhang Ziyi, and more), and one professor/entrepreneur/jewelry designer (Anastasia Ignatova). As we noted this past summer when Pirelli teased some of the first images, the group features a number of Academy Award winners and nominees, as well as being a diverse age set. It's a big shift in personality for a publication that made a name for itself by featuring the biggest supermodels in the world, usually nude.

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Nicole Kidman by Peter Lindbergh for the 2017 Pirelli Calendar

Photo: Courtesy of Pirelli

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Robin Wright by Peter Lindbergh for the 2017 Pirelli Calendar

Photo: Courtesy of Pirelli

“My aim was to portray women in a different way, and I did it by calling in actresses who’ve played an important role in my life, getting as close as possible to them to take my photos,” Lindbergh explained. “As an artist, I feel I’m responsible for freeing women from the idea of eternal youth and perfection. The ideal of perfect beauty promoted by society is something that simply can’t be attained.”

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Uma Thurman by Peter Lindbergh for the 2017 Pirelli Calendar

Photo: Courtesy of Pirelli

There are 40 images in the final calendar, shot in five different locations (Berlin, Los Angeles, New York, London, and France). While we can’t say much of the entire collection of images, the black-and-white portraits that have been released today are beautifully moody, evoking the shadows and power Lindberg gave to the supermodels of the '90s, but somehow more human, more raw.

Behind-the-scenes images, interviews, and images from the Pirelli Calendar’s 50-year history can be found online at www.pirellicalendar.com.

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