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Pirellis’ 2016 Calendar Replaces Sexy Stars With Influential Women
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Pirellis’ 2016 Calendar Replaces Sexy Stars With Influential Women

Pirelli, an Italian tire manufacturer, has had a habit of releasing an annual calendar of nude and scantily-clad women that many women have been less than happy about. This year’s calendar, however, promises to be a PR coup – instead of their usual softcore-pornographic fare, their 2016 calendar will feature thinkers, athletes, businesspeople and other inspiring elites from the world of women.

Though the women in the photos are in various states of dress (or undress), that’s definitely not the focus this time around. Annie Leibovitz, the award-winning photographer behind this year’s calendar (whom we’ve written about before), said, “I started to think about the roles that women play, women who have achieved something. I wanted to make a classic set of portraits. I thought that the women should look strong but natural, and I decided to keep it a very simple exercise of shooting in the studio. This calendar is so completely different. It is a departure. The idea was not to have any pretense in these pictures and be very straightforward.”

What do you think about this new direction?

More info: pirelli.com | Facebook (h/t: designyoutrust)

Amy Schumer

Serena Williams

Yoko Ono

Natalia Vodianova

Ava Duvernay

 Patti Smith

Yao Chen

Pirellis' 2016 Calendar Replaces Sexy Stars With Influential Women

Shirin Neshat

Pirellis' 2016 Calendar Replaces Sexy Stars With Influential Women

Tavi Gevinson

Pirellis' 2016 Calendar Replaces Sexy Stars With Influential Women

Mellody Hobson

Pirellis' 2016 Calendar Replaces Sexy Stars With Influential Women

Fran Lebowitz

Agnes Gund and Sadie Rain-Hope Gund

Pirellis' 2016 Calendar Replaces Sexy Stars With Influential Women

Kathleen Kennedy

Pirellis' 2016 Calendar Replaces Sexy Stars With Influential Women

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Pirellis' 2016 Calendar Replaces Sexy Stars With Influential Women

Pirellis' 2016 Calendar Replaces Sexy Stars With Influential Women

Pirellis' 2016 Calendar Replaces Sexy Stars With Influential Women

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RubyFox
Community Member
6 years ago

Do you see bill gates or barak obama in Nudes ?? NO !! so why the final test for every woman, no matter how powerful she is, needs to be -get your clothes off.dont like it at all

JayBevans
Community Member
6 years ago

I can see your point and typically I would agree. But women that where naked was necessary. Women are constantly made to feel that we are to look a specific way otherwise we are deemed ugly. The women that are seen naked do not necessarily fit that criteria by societal standards. For example, Serena is muscular and dark you do not see many women like here in the media and when you do it is not a positive image. As a dark black women, I have been told by various people I would be prettier if I were not so dark. People often associate darkness with negativity, evil and ugliness. In addition, women are considered masculine if they are muscular. In this picture she looks gorgeous she is showing off her beautiful dark skin and her muscular body telling off everyone who perpetuate a specific standard of beauty and for me this is empowering. I agree she is powerful with her clothes on. But the picture she chose to take can also be seen as empowering depending on how you choose to look at it.

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KenriBasar
Community Member
6 years ago

It was unnecessary to get naked...just saying...They look just as fine in their clothes... It's amazing how you could convince few of them to shed their clothes off...

ŽanKočka
Community Member
6 years ago

Where is a top influetal women in science,like Lisa Rendall,for instence.Sure,but they have Yoko Ono an two young cuties that I never heard of.Stupid list...

SnoopyKoalaBear
Community Member
6 years ago

Yao Chen isn't a influential woman, she is just a popular Chinese actress and celebrity.

ToniMassari
Community Member
6 years ago

About time! Beautiful women, many with beautiful minds and beautiful photographed,!

JeunEurk
Community Member
6 years ago

why choose pirelli then ? why not chose another brand to make their calendar ? pirelli calendars are not supposed to be that insightful , just showing cute girls.

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NicWeir
Community Member
6 years ago

How is it okay to say, "replaces sexy with influential women"???? Because they are influential, they can't be sexy? Bad header, bad bad header.

Rob Edmunds
Community Member
5 years ago

sorry but stealing your jokes and your claim to fame is that you boast about how sluty you are, doesn't make you influential. If amy schumer is influential then i hope it is to influence women to see what not to do with there live, she is the so trashy

Taralyn215
Community Member
6 years ago

That serena is friggin huge.. Good lawd!

RennaShesso
Community Member
6 years ago

I love it. Obviously disrobing wasn't a requirement - when it's a choice, it's empowering. I had to look up some of these names - all accomplished women, and what a creative range. Thanks, Pirelli! PS: It's a calendar - just a few months, a few images, so gee, I guess it doesn't TOTALLY express my view of womanhood. Kind of like a Sexy Firemen calendar doesn't need to TOTALLY express manhood.

CatolyniumAtomica
Community Member
6 years ago

Honestly getting a bit tired of these posts. Surely not all models are "body shaming" and "setting high expectations" on purpose.

JacksonPotts
Community Member
6 years ago

I'm sorry. I must have misread the title. I thought it said "influential". But people like Amy Schumer, Serena Williams and Yoko Ono are featured. Having my prescription checked. BRB. The photography is excellent, however.

NatašaMarić
Community Member
6 years ago

Wow, Serena is beyond stunning! Such a gorgeous, powerful body! All the love in the world for that pic! <3

Guilherme Bottossi
Community Member
3 years ago

I don´t know what´s the problem with Amy Schumer. I thinks she´s like a piece of cake. I love cakes!

Sadiq Suleiman Musa
Community Member
5 years ago

Actually is fake click on the link http://www.sinuousmag.com/2015/03/serena-williams-vogue/

rellyao
Community Member
6 years ago

Dreadful. Really not nice shots at all. Blah.

AdrianApostol
Community Member
6 years ago

It's a piece of crap for SJW to masturbate to. The good thing is I don't think they will sell that calendar very much. Annie should of released an album for her feminist propaganda. The only influence Yoko has , is that of destroying a good band.

GlynisLailann
Community Member
6 years ago

Interesting exercise. But, however well-meaning, this calendar is not going to be as popular as the others. I have never heard of anyone de-crying the Victoria's Secret undies show - those girls prance around almost naked too.

snow_vanilla
Community Member
6 years ago

Look at the pictures behind the scenes: notice how good Serena Wiliams' skin looks there and how bad it looks in the calendar because of the black and white and the rest of the editing they did. Same for the other women. I know this calendar is not supposed to be sexy, but why would you take away these women's natural beauty by your editing? Of course you will answer "It's art" , but what kind of art makes women look worse then they do in reality? All those women were radiating and you made them look tern and sad.

ZCOuYang
Community Member
6 years ago

居然有女侠郭芙蓉

NicWeir
Community Member
6 years ago

How is it okay to say "influential" instead of "sexy"? That's not cool.

AmberBiliouris
Community Member
6 years ago

I kinda like these.

filmless
Community Member
6 years ago

I think I like the original calendars better.

Rob's4tography
Community Member
6 years ago

Brilliant Pics As a photographer, jealous I never get the opportunity to take pics some meaningful as these....

ShawnNorth
Community Member
6 years ago

Where,s the naked women @

SpiffyOne
Community Member
6 years ago

Such the boring calendar.

ChunLeiYang
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't see the point of promoting either! Just another propaganda for swaying sentiment.

Hanna
Community Member
6 years ago

Why would I want to spend a month looking at Yoko Ono? Or Shirin Neshat ( that's make-up?) Really don't see the point in this being a sexy calendar.

GerardVanderLeun
Community Member
6 years ago

Unless they give them away, Pirelli should have about 1/10th of its normal press run for this PC Yawner.

RobKimmel
Community Member
6 years ago

I'm confused by your headline. Looks like they chose subjects who are influential women AND sexy stars at the same time.

JacksonPotts
Community Member
6 years ago

Where? Where is there a single influential OR sexy woman in this list?

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ArielCarmen
Community Member
6 years ago

Replaces sexy women with influential women... Worst possible description ever. Being influential isn't sexy??

Delacy
Community Member
6 years ago

No its not

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SharonCody-Smith
Community Member
6 years ago

…it's still a calendar to masterbate with. it'll just take a wee bit longer. that's all.

GerardVanderLeun
Community Member
6 years ago

Wee bit longer for you.

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RubyFox
Community Member
6 years ago

Do you see bill gates or barak obama in Nudes ?? NO !! so why the final test for every woman, no matter how powerful she is, needs to be -get your clothes off.dont like it at all

JayBevans
Community Member
6 years ago

I can see your point and typically I would agree. But women that where naked was necessary. Women are constantly made to feel that we are to look a specific way otherwise we are deemed ugly. The women that are seen naked do not necessarily fit that criteria by societal standards. For example, Serena is muscular and dark you do not see many women like here in the media and when you do it is not a positive image. As a dark black women, I have been told by various people I would be prettier if I were not so dark. People often associate darkness with negativity, evil and ugliness. In addition, women are considered masculine if they are muscular. In this picture she looks gorgeous she is showing off her beautiful dark skin and her muscular body telling off everyone who perpetuate a specific standard of beauty and for me this is empowering. I agree she is powerful with her clothes on. But the picture she chose to take can also be seen as empowering depending on how you choose to look at it.

Load More Replies...
KenriBasar
Community Member
6 years ago

It was unnecessary to get naked...just saying...They look just as fine in their clothes... It's amazing how you could convince few of them to shed their clothes off...

ŽanKočka
Community Member
6 years ago

Where is a top influetal women in science,like Lisa Rendall,for instence.Sure,but they have Yoko Ono an two young cuties that I never heard of.Stupid list...

SnoopyKoalaBear
Community Member
6 years ago

Yao Chen isn't a influential woman, she is just a popular Chinese actress and celebrity.

ToniMassari
Community Member
6 years ago

About time! Beautiful women, many with beautiful minds and beautiful photographed,!

JeunEurk
Community Member
6 years ago

why choose pirelli then ? why not chose another brand to make their calendar ? pirelli calendars are not supposed to be that insightful , just showing cute girls.

Load More Replies...
NicWeir
Community Member
6 years ago

How is it okay to say, "replaces sexy with influential women"???? Because they are influential, they can't be sexy? Bad header, bad bad header.

Rob Edmunds
Community Member
5 years ago

sorry but stealing your jokes and your claim to fame is that you boast about how sluty you are, doesn't make you influential. If amy schumer is influential then i hope it is to influence women to see what not to do with there live, she is the so trashy

Taralyn215
Community Member
6 years ago

That serena is friggin huge.. Good lawd!

RennaShesso
Community Member
6 years ago

I love it. Obviously disrobing wasn't a requirement - when it's a choice, it's empowering. I had to look up some of these names - all accomplished women, and what a creative range. Thanks, Pirelli! PS: It's a calendar - just a few months, a few images, so gee, I guess it doesn't TOTALLY express my view of womanhood. Kind of like a Sexy Firemen calendar doesn't need to TOTALLY express manhood.

CatolyniumAtomica
Community Member
6 years ago

Honestly getting a bit tired of these posts. Surely not all models are "body shaming" and "setting high expectations" on purpose.

JacksonPotts
Community Member
6 years ago

I'm sorry. I must have misread the title. I thought it said "influential". But people like Amy Schumer, Serena Williams and Yoko Ono are featured. Having my prescription checked. BRB. The photography is excellent, however.

NatašaMarić
Community Member
6 years ago

Wow, Serena is beyond stunning! Such a gorgeous, powerful body! All the love in the world for that pic! <3

Guilherme Bottossi
Community Member
3 years ago

I don´t know what´s the problem with Amy Schumer. I thinks she´s like a piece of cake. I love cakes!

Sadiq Suleiman Musa
Community Member
5 years ago

Actually is fake click on the link http://www.sinuousmag.com/2015/03/serena-williams-vogue/

rellyao
Community Member
6 years ago

Dreadful. Really not nice shots at all. Blah.

AdrianApostol
Community Member
6 years ago

It's a piece of crap for SJW to masturbate to. The good thing is I don't think they will sell that calendar very much. Annie should of released an album for her feminist propaganda. The only influence Yoko has , is that of destroying a good band.

GlynisLailann
Community Member
6 years ago

Interesting exercise. But, however well-meaning, this calendar is not going to be as popular as the others. I have never heard of anyone de-crying the Victoria's Secret undies show - those girls prance around almost naked too.

snow_vanilla
Community Member
6 years ago

Look at the pictures behind the scenes: notice how good Serena Wiliams' skin looks there and how bad it looks in the calendar because of the black and white and the rest of the editing they did. Same for the other women. I know this calendar is not supposed to be sexy, but why would you take away these women's natural beauty by your editing? Of course you will answer "It's art" , but what kind of art makes women look worse then they do in reality? All those women were radiating and you made them look tern and sad.

ZCOuYang
Community Member
6 years ago

居然有女侠郭芙蓉

NicWeir
Community Member
6 years ago

How is it okay to say "influential" instead of "sexy"? That's not cool.

AmberBiliouris
Community Member
6 years ago

I kinda like these.

filmless
Community Member
6 years ago

I think I like the original calendars better.

Rob's4tography
Community Member
6 years ago

Brilliant Pics As a photographer, jealous I never get the opportunity to take pics some meaningful as these....

ShawnNorth
Community Member
6 years ago

Where,s the naked women @

SpiffyOne
Community Member
6 years ago

Such the boring calendar.

ChunLeiYang
Community Member
6 years ago

I don't see the point of promoting either! Just another propaganda for swaying sentiment.

Hanna
Community Member
6 years ago

Why would I want to spend a month looking at Yoko Ono? Or Shirin Neshat ( that's make-up?) Really don't see the point in this being a sexy calendar.

GerardVanderLeun
Community Member
6 years ago

Unless they give them away, Pirelli should have about 1/10th of its normal press run for this PC Yawner.

RobKimmel
Community Member
6 years ago

I'm confused by your headline. Looks like they chose subjects who are influential women AND sexy stars at the same time.

JacksonPotts
Community Member
6 years ago

Where? Where is there a single influential OR sexy woman in this list?

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ArielCarmen
Community Member
6 years ago

Replaces sexy women with influential women... Worst possible description ever. Being influential isn't sexy??

Delacy
Community Member
6 years ago

No its not

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SharonCody-Smith
Community Member
6 years ago

…it's still a calendar to masterbate with. it'll just take a wee bit longer. that's all.

GerardVanderLeun
Community Member
6 years ago

Wee bit longer for you.

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