It’s about feeling good as you are and embracing beauty in all its glory by sidestepping overt sexiness and replacing it with beautiful women of various shapes, sizes, age, background and ethnicity.
Photographer Annie Leibovitz took a simple and natural approach to the portraits this year. Famous women “as themselves with no touchups.” The women who were photographed (including Yoko Ono) and many others find it to be quite empowering especially for a calendar normally famous for it’s sleek sexy look.
If these images give you a *Vanity Fair vibe (see my comment below), there’s a few reasons why. Not only is Leibovitz a frequent contributor to the magazine (she photographed Caitlyn Jenner’s cover this year, for example), but the calendar was styled by the magazine’s fashion and style director, Jessica Diehl, and Senior Photo Producer Kathryn Macleod served as creative consultant.
To see the whole Pirelli Calendar shot by Annie Leibowitz please visit:
*I was lucky to be given a private tour of the Vanity Fair offices at Condé Nast in New York for a research project once. The magazine is so creative in not only covering fashion and movie people but also popular culture and current affairs in an interesting and evocative way. The artistically shot covers never fail to capture my attention.