Every year, Pirelli releases an exclusive calendar filled with the most beautiful women. 2017 is no exception, with German photographer Peter Lindbergh shooting stunning black and white, unretouched photos of accomplished celebrities like Kate Winslet, Zhang Ziyi, Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz and Helen Mirren.
The calendar’s powerful “Emotional” theme is definitely visible throughout. Lindbergh’s goal was to “not 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 calendar “conveys personality, sensitivity and the guts to be yourself,” explains Lindbergh. And he has certainly done just that.
In a world where women in calendars usually means scantily clad thin white models in bikinis, we welcome the change. Our only gripe? The calendar isn’t as inclusive as its message. It’s given exclusively as a corporate gift to a select few celebrities and a limited amount of Pirelli customers.
“As an artist, I feel I have a responsibility to free women from the idea of eternal youth and perfection. Society’s ideal of perfection is impossible to achieve,” continues the photographer.
Don’t get us wrong, we love the message. But might we suggest selling the calendar to the public and giving the proceeds to charity? Then maybe all women–not just the 1%– can be freed from the ideals Lindbergh speaks of.