Hollywood actresses Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Charlotte Rampling, Rooney Mara, Julianne Moore, Alicia Vikander, Lea Seydoux, Robin Wright and Zhang Ziyi star in a series of honest black and white portraits shot by photographer Peter Lindbergh.
Following on from Annie Leibovitz’s 2016 calendar, which ditched nude supermodels in favour of “strong but natural” women who have “achieved something”, the new edition also does away with face and body retouching.
Lindbergh called the 2017 calendar a “statement” due to the lack of retouching, and revealed he deliberately chose to shoot actresses who had starred in high fashion and beauty advertisements.
“You know these women retouched,” he told HuffPost UK. “It’s more powerful when you see these women how they normally are.”
“It’s another kind of naked,” he said. “More important than body parts.”
The only body parts highlighted in the calendar are Kate Winslet’s hands, which star in a full-page, close-up shot as a protest against society’s pressure on women to look younger.
“I asked Peter to specifically photograph the backs of my hands,” Winslet said. “Why do we always have to look like a fresher version of our age? Isn’t it ok to just be 40, or 50?.”
Thurman said the photos send an important message to the younger generation, and that she wanted her children to “see their mother ageing and being herself”.
Lindbergh, who has shot the Pirelli calendar three times, said he believes retouching removes the “experience” from women’s faces and creates an unattainable standard of beauty.
The purpose of his 2017 calendar, titled ‘Emotional’, is to rebel against the current climate and to “remind people of what beauty really is”.
For Lindbergh, the actresses’ true beauty lies in their “individuality”, their “courage to be themselves”, and their “beautiful minds”.