Neurons over nudity, states the new Pirelli calendar, the lineup of which reads more like a Steve McQueen call back than a list of women to be featured in the Italian tire brand’s once predictably provocative yearly. Lensed by iconic German photographer Peter Lindbergh, who first injected a bit of Hollywood charm into the cal back in 2002 with his images of Selma Blair, Julia Stiles and the late, oh so great Brittany Murphy, the 2017 calendar will feature raw, elegant images of some of the most iconic actresses of our time.
This year’s publication will be “a counter message to [the industry’s] fake beauty ideal,” the photography proudly stated to Vogue. The pared-down would-be pinups will include Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Dame Helen Mirren (aka the master of “sluttish eroticism“), Uma Thurman, Robin Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore, Rooney Mara, Jessica Chastain, Charlotte Rampling, Zhang Ziyi and Léa Seydoux, along with Anastasia Ignatova, a professor of political theory at Moscow State University who you won’t find on IMDB.
“Everyone in this calendar, at one point in my life, I wanted to marry, and I didn’t have the balls to ask them!” says Lindbergh of his chosen ensemble. (Does anyone else have a sneaking suspicion he’s currently wooing Ignatova?) (more…)