The Pirelli calendar, on whose pages some of the most striking and celebrated female silhouettes have appeared, has decided that 2013 will be unlucky for those looking forward their annual dose of ‘artistic’ female nudity.
The tyre company’s calendar, the images of which remain part of formative years for many a puzzled teenager, does not feature nudity of any form across its 12 (still admittedly beautiful) 2013 pages.
Photographer Steve McCurry was the man behind this year’s calendar. Steve is most celebrated for his journalistic work shooting conflicts in the Middle East. It was McCurry’s lens that captured the famously haunting image of a green-eyed 12-year Afghanistan girl who fled her homeland for a Pakistan refugee camp.
It will be interesting to see how a change of direction affects the Pirelli calendar’s popularity and whether less nudity equals more profile.
Rather than being selected for their ability to turn heads, each of McCurry’s models in the 2013 calendar have been selected for their ability to turn minds.
For example, model Kyleigh Kuhn fights for women’s rights in the aforementioned Afghanistan (she also happens to be drop dead gorgeous).
There’s Brazilian beauties Isabeli Fontana and 62-year-old actress Sônia Braga and popstar Marisa Monte. Adriana Lima becomes the first Pirelli girl to be photographed pregnant and is joined by Elisa Sednaoui, Petra Nemcova, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Summer Rayne Oakes, Liya Kebede and Karlie Kloss – each promoting their own personal social issue.
The Pirelli calendar was first introduced in 1964 and is famous for, as well as scantily clad girls, its exclusivity. The calendar is only given to Pirelli’s customers and VIPs. The calendar was despatched from 1964 to 1974, shelved for ten years due to recession, and has run from 1984 to the current day. The Pirelli calendar has featured the likes of Sienna Miller, Naomi Campbell, Gisele, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Sophia Loren, Penélope Cruz and Hilary Swank.