Paris - Pirelli
unveiled its feminist-friendly 2017 calendar on Tuesday with a galaxy of
Hollywood stars daring to show their wrinkles and crow's feet to the
The arty black and white compilation is a world away from the glossy
airbrushed images of naked women that traditionally graced garages and
men's locker rooms.
Fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh roped in veteran stars Helen
Mirren and Charlotte Rampling - aged 71 and 70 - declaring that his
calendar was "a cry against the terror of perfection and youth".
Even his shots of Nicole Kidman and glamorous Bond star Lea Seydoux embraced their imperfections.
"Talent is sexy," said the German-born filmmaker, who shot some of the actresses, including Julianne Moore, without makeup.
"We don't do naked any more," he added as the calender was launched
in Paris. "What is much more important than naked body parts is when you
really show yourself as you are."
Pirelli stopped using nude shots for its calendar three years ago.
Lindbergh said he wanted to strip away all the airbrushing that has come with the age of celebrity.
"There is no beauty without truth. All this fake making up of a
person into something that is not them cannot be beautiful. It is just
ridiculous," he said.
Oscar-winner Kate Winslet said she agreed to do the calender because she knew Lindbergh does not touch up his photos.
"I wanted him to photograph my age at 40, as I am," Winslet said in a video filmed after her shoot in London.
"He wants to see women as they are, their lines, their little crow's
feet, their veins... I asked him to photograph the backs of my hands,
because they are different than when I was 30.
"People are always making us a softer version of 40 or a more
youthful version of 50. But isn't it just OK to be 40 or 50 or 60?" she
The 15 women featured in the calendar range in age from 28 to 71,
with most in their 40s including Penelope Cruz and Uma Thurman.
Rather than concentrate on their bodies - as Pirelli calendars did
in the past - Lindbergh focused mostly on the faces of his subjects,
with a series of tender and revealing portraits.
Kidman said she wasn't afraid of nudity "but if it is exploitative it is not interesting".
She was happier, however, that the photographer had allowed the women
to be their age. "The voice of actresses is getting stronger," she
Both Mirren and Rampling said they worked on being as emotionally naked as they could be standing before the camera.
"In our business we start out very young hopefully being true to
ourselves and then the profession can start to put so many limits that
we are no longer the true person you are," Rampling said.
"Peter wants to get to that vulnerable part of yourself."