THE BEST OF PIRELLI CALENDARS
Now, whats happened is, the Pirelli peoples are trying to kill our boners.
It is thus with a hint of disappointment that we present to you the first preview shots of 2013′s Pirelli Calendar, lensed by photojournalist Steve McCurry and featuring nary an ounce of exposed model flesh. Unless you count Adriana Lima’s pregnant belly. Which we don’t, because there’s a BABY IN THERE, guys, and that would be SICK.
Considering the louche heritage of Pirelli, McCurry’s choice is an unconventional one. Having taken one of the most poignant images of our times, however— 1985′s ‘Afghan Girl’ portrait— his journalistic approach, which sees the streets of Rio de Janeiro captured in all their vibrancy, makes sense for Pirelli’s 40th birthday edition. ““You can photograph nudes anywhere,” McCurry has said, “But these models are clothed, and each of them has her own charity. They are purposeful and idealistic people.” When it comes to altruism versus Lara Stone getting her kit off, we think Steve’s got his heart in the right place.
We’re all for artistic direction and picturesque shoots of a pregnant Adriana Lima with her clothes on. Because, she’s amazing at whatever she does and she’d be interesting to watch eating a bowl of coco pops.
But Pirelli has a pre-existing history with boners, why would they do this?
This comment sums it up:
With a great deflated sigh, let’s reminisce about some of the epicness that Pirelli Calendars have represented through the years.
You get what we’re saying?
Kate Moss and Milla Jovovich strip down for Pirelli Calendar
Kate Moss and Milla Jovovich are only two of the supermodels who strip down for this year’s Pirelli Calendar. You can see some of this year’s smouldering photos here. But before you rush out to buy a copy, we have news for you.
There are only around 1000 printed each year, and they are given exclusively to Pirelli’s corporate partners, celebrities and royalty. It’s an almost 50 year old tradition, and makes the calendar one of the world’s most prestigious publications.
This year’s high-fashion photographer was Mario Sorrenti, who chose to shoot the whole thing on the island of Corsica. You can watch meet Mario, and see behind the scenes at the shoot in this video.
If you can’t get enough Pirelli Calendar, STUDIO reveals the secrecy, big name models and hype behind the calendar in the fascinating documentary The Pirelli Calendar Saga this Wednesday at 8.30pm.
Veteran exhibitionist Kate Moss never tires of stripping for Pirelli calendar
She's more famous for keeping her clothes on, or modelling them that is.
But Kate Moss has stripped down to nothing for an appearance in Pirelli's 2012 calendar.
The Croydon-born supermodel, 37, lets it all hang out for the new publication which also features a number of other models who have also shed their clothing in the name of 'art'.
Supermodel behaviour: Kate Moss poses for a stunning shot featured in the Pirelli 2012 calendar
The calendar was shot by Mario Sorrenti and also features a topless Lara Stone, wife of David Walliams, and naked Milla Jovovich - its 25-photo spread includes 18 black-and-whites and seven coloured pictures.
This year's calendar was shot in Corsica by the legendary Italian photographer, who chose his muses very carefully.
Taking things lying down: Lithuanian model Edita Vilkeviciute reclines on some rocks but maintains an air of comfort throughout
In fact Milla feels so confident with him that she said recently: 'Mario is pretty much the only person I would take my clothes off for'.
These shots are likely to be the only ones most mere mortals will be able to view.
'Not sexy': Margareth Made pulls a pose for the calendar which is distributed exclusively among VIPs
Pirelli's calendar, dubbed "The Cal," was unveiled to media and collectors in New York at The Armory, its unveiling coupled with an exclusive, black-tie VIP dinner.
According to USA Today, Mario Sorrenti is the first Italian photographer to shoot the illustrious spread for the tyre manufacturers.
Life's a beach: Saskia De Brauw curls up on the
Life's a beach: Saskia De Brauw curls up on the sand for another artsy shot
But he insisted that, despite the nudity, the 2012 calendar is not sexy.
He told Women's Wear Daily: 'You know, originally I thought I was going to do very sexy pictures, and when we got there I realized that I didn't want the pictures to be sexy at all.'
Birthday suit: Perfectly formed Russian model Natasha Poly poses like a fountain statue
According to reports the models and crew all stayed together in houses on Corsica, while Sorrenti spent 'the morning with one girl and the evening with another, and we'd all have dinner together'.
The theme, chosen by Sorenti was 'swoon', for which he explained: 'In "swoon", I put the bodies in direct contact with Nature, which harbours them as if they were its extension, in a set of images where rocks, land, tree trunks, sky and sea are all turned into a backdrop for the bodies.'