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Nicole Kidman leads the charge of au naturel actresses in unretouched photos for Pirelli calendar

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Published 30/11/2016 | 07:55

US actress Nicole Kidman arrives for the presentation of the 2017 Pirelli calendar in Paris on November 29, 2016.
US actress Nicole Kidman arrives for the presentation of the 2017 Pirelli calendar in Paris on November 29, 2016.
Actress Nicole Kidman attends the Premiere of "Lion" during the AFI Fest, in Hollywood, California
Actress Nicole Kidman attends the Premiere of "Lion" during the AFI Fest, in Hollywood, California
Actress Nicole Kidman arrives at the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 30, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Julianne Moore attends Tom Ford fashion show during New York Fashion Week September 2016 at 99E 52d St. on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Julianne Moore attends the "Money Monster" premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Lupita Nyong'o attending the 60th BFI London Film Festival screening of Queen Of Katwe at the Odeon Cinema London.
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Nicole Kidman attends the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman and Julianne Moore are among the actresses to pose for Pirelli’s 2017 calendar.

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German photographer Peter Lindbergh shot the Hollywood stars in black and white for the Italian tyre brand’s annual publication, which was unveiled in Paris on Tuesday.

Kidman appears in the portrait for the month of January, and said it was "glorious" to be asked to pose for the edition, as she prepares to celebrate turning 50 next year.

"This is a fantastic time to be captured, at 49 years old. (Lindbergh) has captured that, what it is to be 49," she told The Evening Standard. "I love getting dressed up and doing the character but this was no. None of that, just you. I think the simplicity is very refreshing. It’s honest. It’s a very pure image. That is how I would describe it."

Among the other stars included in the calendar are Helen Mirren, 71, who is the eldest subject, and fellow British actress Charlotte Rampling, 70. At 28, Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander is the youngest.

Lindbergh chose to give the work the title Emotional to emphasise how the idea behind his photos was to create a calendar not focused on "perfect" bodies but on sensitivity and emotion.

"My aim was to portray women in a different way and I did it by calling in actresses who’ve played an important role in my life, getting as close as possible to them to take my photos," explained Lindbergh in a statement. "As an artist, I feel I’m responsible for freeing women from the idea of eternal youth and perfection. The ideal of perfect beauty promoted by society is something that simply can’t be attained."

Lindbergh, who has three Pirelli calendars under his belt, also shot A-listers Jessica Chastain, Lupita Nyong'o Léa Seydoux, Helen Mirren, Robin Wright, Zhang Ziyi, Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet.

Last year's calendar, shot by American portraitist Annie Leibovitz, was praised for its body and age diversity, and featured the likes of Serena Williams, Amy Schumer and Yoko Ono.

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