2018 Pirelli Calendar Features Incredible 'Alice In Wonderland' Scenes With An All-Black Cast

"I wanted to push how fictional fantasy figures can be represented, and explore evolving ideas of beauty."

Italian tire manufacture Pirelli has been releasing an iconic calendar almost every year since 1964. The calendar is never actually available to buy — copies are gifted to celebrities and people in various industries — but the images are still widely circulated among the public.

The calendar previously had a reputation for featuring sexy, pin-up images, but in recent years it's evolved to become a much more progressive canvas, representing the changing times, and our changing ideas of beauty and representation. 

In 2016, the Pirelli calendar was shot by portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, and celebrated the inner and outer beauty of powerful women. The 2017 Pirelli calendar was photographed by Peter Lindbergh, and featured an "Emotional" theme which captured the raw, unretouched beauty of female celebrities.



The 2018 calendar has just been revealed, and will feature scenes from "Alice in Wonderland" with an all-Black cast.

The 2018 calendar is shot by legendary photographer Tim Walker, who is known for his fairy tale images, and styled by Edward Enninful, Vogue UK's new editor-in-fhief. Walker was inspired by the classic Lewis Carroll story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and the resulting images feature the cast in surrealist costumes and sets that look like they could be lifted from the pages of a storybook.

The photos feature South Sudanese-Australian model Duckie Thot as Alice, Beninese-American actor and model Djimon Hounsou as The King of Hearts, American model Slick Woods as the Mad Hatter, and RuPaul as The Queen of Hearts.

Others featured in the 2018 calendar include: Ghanaian-British model and activist Adwoa Aboah, British supermodel Naomi Campbell, British fashion stylist and singer Zoe Bedeaux, and rapper, designer, and mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs.

Mexican-Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o also stars as the Doormouse, while Whoopi Goldberg is the Royal Duchess.

When it was revealed that Walker wanted an all-Black cast for the calendar, South African model and law graduate, Thando Hopa told the Guardian she called him to ask about the decision. 

Walker told her, "Any person with a different color should be able to see themselves in any way. So any girl, whether she is Black or Chinese or Indian, they should be able to have their own fairy tale."

Hopa, who has albinism and got into modeling to help give more people representation, was pleased with the 45th edition of the calendar. "This is an important step in culture development — to push images that aren't generic, that don't conform to stereotypes," she stated.

This isn't the first time that Pirelli has featured an all-Black cast in a calendar, either.

CNN reports that the 1987 Pirelli calendar featured an all-Black cast, including Naomi Campbell, but the latest version comes with a message about race and repsresentation. "The story of Alice has been told so many times and in so many ways, but always with a White cast," Walker told The New York Times, "There has never been a Black Alice, so I wanted to push how fictional fantasy figures can be represented and explore evolving ideas of beauty."

(H/T: Fashionista)

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