The Pirelli 2017 Calendar Showcases The Natural Raw Beauty Of Female Celebrities In Unretouched Photos

"To capture sensitivity and emotion."

Almost every year since 1964, Italian tire manufacture Pirelli has been coming out with a new calendar featuring a variety of models and celebrities. In the past, the calendar has been known for its sexy, sometimes NSFW, yet elegant images, but their direction has changed in recent years. In 2016, the calendar was shot by famed portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz, and aimed to capture the inner and outer beauty of powerful women.

It's great to see that positive theme continuing for Pirelli's 2017 calendar entitled Emotional. This time, Pirelli has enlisted the help of world-renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh to capture the natural beauty of female celebrities in unretouched photos.

The photographer, who has shot for the calendar twice before, explained at the launch in Paris that the series "conveys personality, sensitivity, and the guts to be yourself." 

Lindbergh, who previously worked on the 2014 calendar with fellow photographer Patrick Demarchelier, stated that his goal for the 44th edition wasn't about creating images of perfection, but to capture the emotion of the women.

"[It was] not [to] shoot a calendar about perfect bodies but to capture sensitivity and emotion, laying bare the souls of the women in the images, rendering them more naked than a nude."

The resulting black and white intimate portraits are stunning for their raw beauty. Celebrities featured in the calendar include Uma Thurman, Lupita Nyong'o, Alicia Vikander, Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, and Helen Mirren.

In a behind-the-scenes video about the making of the calendar, Lindberg states that he chose the women because they played important roles in his life.

He also stressed the importance of using the calendar as an opportunity to shatter unrealistic beauty standards. "As an artist, I feel I have a responsibility to free women from the idea of eternal youth and perfection," Lindbergh said, "Society's ideal of perfection is impossible to achieve."

Additionally, Vanity Fair quoted Uma Thurman calling the issue a "feminist statement." According to the publication, she said, [T]his calendar was symbolic in a lot of ways. This was such a sophisticated, supportive, feminist statement they made by taking this calendar and turning it into something that is about all generations of women in a completely non-exploitative manner and making it something that is fantastic."

Take a look at more photos from the calendar:

(H/T: Vanity Fair)

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