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Risque! Pirelli Calendar shows "women who are sexy without being naked"

Published 28/11/2012 | 10:48

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Photographer Steve McCurry poses with models at the 2013 Pirelli Calendar red carpet event.
Kyleigh Kuhn poses for photos at the 2013 Pirelli Calendar red carpet event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The latest version was released in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday with photographer Steve McCurry explaining he wanted to "portray women who are sexy without being naked".

Adriana Lima hit the headlines earlier this year when it was announced she would be the first pregnant woman to appear in the calendar. She is seen leaning against a wall with her hands in her hair, wearing a black crop top and skirt with her large bare stomach on full display.

Pictures: Pirelli Calendar 2013

Other women who feature include Isabeli Fontana, Petra Nemcova, Karlie Kloss and Elisa Sednaoui, as well as some who are lesser known. They all share a passion for charity and humanitarian projects, which is why they were selected.

The images were taken in Rio de Janeiro, with Steve keen to show how beautiful the country is.

"I wanted to photograph a mix of everyday people combined with a very special group of women known not only for their talent and beauty, but also for their charitable work and contributions to their communities," he is quoted as saying at a press conference. “Some of the women were models, but this is about their charities, and so I wasn’t photographing them naked. It’s not about their bodies. Or their sexuality. You can photograph nudes anywhere. But these models […] are purposeful and idealistic people. So I wanted to photograph them in a special place, and Rio was perfect for this.”

Casting director Jennifer Starr was amazed at the reaction she received when she told the women they wouldn't be naked this year. Petra, for one, was surprised by the revelation.

"I found out only a week before that it wasn’t nude. I’d been, like, working out, getting ready, and I was like, 'Oh, I have to wear these?'” she laughed.

Pirelli has been releasing its calendars since 1964 and have instructed top photographers to capture the world’s most beautiful women for the exclusive images as a gift for royalty, celebrities and VIP customers.

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