Woman, Who She Really is, Pirelli Calendar 2016

The 43rd edition of this one of the most high-quality calendars in the world has been unveiled eventually. Main theme of this edition is woman, who she really is. This is the second time that Annie Leibovitz has been appointed to photograph the Pirelli calendar.

Although launched by an Italian company that mainly manufactures tires, Pirelli’s calendar is rising star within the fashion industry. It has never stopped being eye-popping, for all those genuine, provocative and mostly nude photos of the supermodels lensed by the very top tier photographers in the world.

But this time, as Ms Leibovitz said, “This calendar is completely different from previous work. It is another concept (of woman)”. Apparently she opened the door to a more diverse pool for models and snapped women from every corner in the globe at the Roundhouse, a 60s industrial building in London.

FORWARDYao Chen, woman, actress

Yao Chen, film and TV actress, the first Chinese UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

JANUARYNatalia Vodianova, woman, model and philanthropist

Natalia Vodianova, Russian top model and philanthropist, founder of the charity Naked Heart Russia. Her youngest child was clutched in her arms.

FEBRUARYKathleen Kennedy, woman, producer

Kathleen Kennedy, producer of Lincoln, the chairperson of Lucasfilm and one of the most influential figures in Hollywood.

MARCHAgnes Gund, woman, collector

Agnes Gund, the 77-year-old art collector and patroness. President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She was photographed with her college-age granddaughter.

APRILSerena Williams, woman, tennis player

Serena Williams, one of the greatest U.S. female tennis players at all time, number one in the WTA.

MayFran Lebowitz, woman, opinion leader

Fran Lebowitz, the 65-year-old opinion leader, critic and author. She commented on the calendar “(it) shows these women exactly of who they are”

JuneMellody Hobson, woman, banker

Mellody Hobson, 46, the president of Ariel Investments, a $10 billion asset management firm based in Chicago. She is also a great supporter of charity projects in Chicago.

JulyAva DuVernay, woman, director

Ava DuVernay, film director, Selma is one of her most famous work, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 2015.

AUGUSTTavi Gevinson, woman, actress

Tavi Gevinson, the millennial media maven and actress, founder of Style Rookie and online magazine Rookie.

SEPTEMBERShirin Neshat, woman, visual artist

Shirin Neshat, Iranian visual artist.

OCTOBERYoko Ono, woman, artist.

Yoko Ono, Japanese musician and artist.


Patti Smith, woman, rock star

Patti Smith, singer, one of the top rock stars of all time

DECEMBERAmy Schumer, woman, actress

Amy Schumer, actress and stand-up comedian. She was in lingerie with her stomach rolls on display (the joke being she was the one who did not get the message).

Now, take a look at the official video and sincere interviews from those superstars


Alexander Wong

Alexander Wong is a fashion blog writer who spent more than six years in Hong Kong and Singapore, which are the heart of the fashion industries in Asia. Alexander has read and writen fashion related articles since 2010 and gained extensive knowledge over luxury goods and matching.

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