The Pirelli Calendar Looks Very Different This Year

Last year, Annie Leibovitz took the famously provocative Pirelli calendar in a new direction, choosing to photograph fully clothed women, with the exception of a playful Amy Schumer portrait. And for this year's 44th edition, Peter Lindbergh also gave the calendar a new theme, not just by shooting mostly women over 40, but by keeping all the photos unretouched. 

The famed photographer explained at the international press launch that the 2017 calendar "conveys personality, sensitivity and the guts to be yourself." Lindbergh tapped 14 of Hollywood's leading ladies to star in the black-and-white calendar, titled "Emotional," by capturing something stronger than perfection. He says his goal 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 40-plus images in the calendar feature actresses Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o, Charlotte Rampling, Léa Seydoux, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright, and Zhang Ziyi in addition to Moscow State University political theory professor Anastasia Ignatova, as special guest. In true Lindbergh fashion, the makeup was natural, the styling was kept to a minimum, and the portraits were, of course, beautiful.

Keep scrolling to see a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot and the gorgeous photographs. 

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