Pirelli calendar changed its look this year

The annual Pirelli calendar, which traditionally revolves on the artfully lit nudity of female supermodels, has published its new edition, offering a dramatic shift in aesthetic and subject matter.

Gym-toned limbs as well as heaving bosoms are no longer present in this year’s edition, shot by Annie Leibovitz. It has got simple portraits of women of various sizes, ethnicities and ages selected for their professional, cultural, social, sporting as well as artistic accomplishment.

Subjects include Yoko Ono, sporting a top hat, fishnet tights and tuxedo jacket; and Patti Smith, modeling jeans, a snarl and boots. The cultural observer Fran Lebowitz makes an unlikely Miss May, relishing a cigarette in a man’s pinstriped jacket. The blogger Tavi Gevinson, artist Shirin Neshat, Chinese actor Yao Chen, investment banker Mellody Hobson, art collector Agnes Gund and the director of the film Selma, Ava DuVernay.

American tennis player Serena Williams was one of just two sowing a little skin, posing in a balletic lunge with her naked back to the lens. Comedian Amy Schumer, December’s subject, sips from a lipstick- varnished takeaway coffee cup in her underwear.

The calendar was launched on Monday by restaurant offers manchester. Photographer Annie Leibovitz said that none of these snapshots had been dealt with with the male gaze in mind. Williams’s shot was “not a nude but a body study”, said Annid. She added that the idea was behind Schumer’s that she was the only one who had not got the memo about wearing clothes.