Amy Schumer and Serena Williams have graced the pages of the 2016 Pirelli calendar, in a shift away from the publication’s standard images of nude supermodels.
The pair have been component of a group of women who had been chosen to function in the calendar for their “outstanding skilled, social, cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment”, photographer Annie Leibovitz stated.
Leibovitz said at the calendar’s launch none of the photographs had been conceived with the male gaze in thoughts.
The calendar functions no nude portraits — though Schumer and Williams were each shot in their underwear — and no provocation in the posing.
Schumer posted her portrait to Twitter with the caption: “Gorgeous, gross, sturdy, thin, fat, quite, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman.”
Leibovitz stated Schumer’s photo “added some enjoyable”.
“It’s as if she did not get the memo saying that she could hold her garments on,” she said in a statement.
The photographer said the pictures were developed to look natural and effortless with minimal post-production function.
Pirelli Tyres chief executive Marco Tronchetti Provera said the organization had been seeking to make a “extremely timely” departure from the calendar’s usual format.
“Females have accomplished some thing outstanding in their lives, from each corner of the planet,” he said.
“This represents what Pirelli thinks is beautiful.”
The other girls featured are Patti Smith, Yoko Ono, author Fran Lebowitz, model Natalia Vodianova, blogger Tavi Gevinson, actor Yao Chen, artist Shirin Neshat, investment banker Mellody Hobson, director Ava DuVernay, film producer Kathleen Kennedy and art collector Agnes Gund.
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