Tuesday 27 September 2016

Pirelli 2017 calendar defies 'fake beauty ideal' by choosing A-listers with average age of 44

Sasha Brady

Published 29/08/2016 | 11:57

Kate Winslet (left) and Dame Helen Mirren are among the stars who have posed for Pirelli's 2017 calendar. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire
Kate Winslet (left) and Dame Helen Mirren are among the stars who have posed for Pirelli's 2017 calendar. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Pirelli have announced the stars of its iconic calendar's 2017 edition.

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The 2016 calendar was praised for breaking tradition and stereotypes by celebrating the female form in a diverse way. Annie Leibovitz teamed up with Pirelli to shoot Serena Williams, Amy Schumer, Patti Smith and Yoko Ono and steered it away from its traditional "barely-dressed models in exotic locations" standard.

And it looks like the 2017 edition is following suit.

While not as racially diverse as this year's calendar, the 2017 shows a clear preference towards more mature women, with the average age of the 14 actresses being 14.

Actress Penelope Cruz will feature in the 2017 Pirelli calendar (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
Actress Penelope Cruz will feature in the 2017 Pirelli calendar (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

The calendar was shot by Peter Lindbergh and he told Vogue.com that he wanted it to be a "counter message to [the industry's] fake beauty ideal".

When choosing his models, Lindbergh said he selected "all the big names of actresses who are not known to do bimbo movies, but are known to do sensible films - most of them have got Oscars - and then let them be them."

The calendar is almost entirely comprised of Oscar-nomiated actresses including, Lupita Nyong’o, Jessica Chastain, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Lea Seydoux, Robin Wright, Zhang Ziyi, Helen Mirren, Rooney Mara, Penelope Cruz, Julianne Moore, Charlotte Rampling, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, and Jessica Chastain.

It also features Anastacia Ignatova, a Moscow State University professor who is credited as a "special guest".

"This Pirelli Calendar is a very important one, because you don’t have to do nudity anymore, you’re not under pressure to do anything with your body, which is great," Lindbergh told Vogue.com.

"Beauty today is really twisted, for commercial reasons, so people think beautiful is what you see in advertising and in magazines - all these retouched women."

The iconic photographer, who first shot for Pirelli in 1996, also commented on the difference between using Hollywood stars and fashion models - it's all to do with the lens.

"The one big difference between actresses and models is that models are fixed to the camera, and actresses never look at a camera if you don’t force them. They learn their whole life to be there and forget there’s a camera," he added.

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