For those of you who aren’t familiar, the Pirelli calendar, (also known as “The Cal”), is a highly-anticipated annual release, normally featuring A-list models, photographed by the most reputable photographers in the business. But all that is about to change. This year, the calendar will feature a fresh group of inspirational women, photographed by the legendary Annie Leibovitz.
The new version will include thirteen female musicians, actresses, writers, models, artists, filmmakers, finance executives and philanthropists, all picked by Leibovitz. Among the talented list, Rookie‘s Tavi Gevinson, Serena Williams, Amy Schumer, Yoko Ono, Fran Lebowitz, Patti Smith, Natalia Vodianova, Kathleen Kennedy, Yao Chen, Mellody Hobson, Ava DuVernay, Agnes Gund and Shirin Neshat.
“I started to think about the roles that women play, women who have achieved something. I wanted to make a classic set of portraits.” Leibowitz stated during an interview.
“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.” she added
The 43rd edition of the Pirelli calendar will be presented at the Roundhouse in London on Nov. 30th.