Amy Schumer Poses Nude: The Radical Power of Her Beautiful, Gross Photo

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Amy Schumer Poses Nearly Naked for Pirelli Calendar.

The 2016 Pirelli calendar is here and it’s a whole different kind of celebration of women than it’s been since 1964, when the Italian tire company launched its highly coveted annual who’s who of powerhouse models and photographers.For more than half a century, Italian tire maker Pirelli has released an annual calendar full of photos of supermodels in pin-up poses wearing skimpy lingerie or nothing at all.The annual calendar produced by Pirelli tyres – which traditionally centres on the artfully lit nude bodies of female supermodels – has been unveiled, presenting a dramatic shift in subject matter and aesthetic.Considering the 2015 version of the iconic Pirelli calendar was a fetish-themed shoot starring some of the world’s most famous models (think Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls, Gigi Hadid, Isabeli Fontana) in various stages of undress, it may come as a surprise to learn the 2016 version is very different.

Instead of supermodels (although there is one — lauded this time for her charitable work) the 43rd edition showcases women of all ages who are titans of entertainment (chairperson of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy) and (screenwriter and director, Ava Duvernay), sports (Serena Williams), comedy (Amy Schumer), business (financial mogul Mellody Hobson), philanthropy (Natalie Vodianova), music (Patti Smith) and the arts (Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat) among others. This year’s iteration marks a drastic departure from the form: The calendar’s models are luminaries of art, business, sports, and philanthropy, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.

Shot by renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz who also shot the 2000 calendar, Leibovitz decided instead of shooting a bevvy of barely dressed supermodels, the 2016 calendar would star influential women focusing on strength and power rather than sex appeal. 13 women of differing ages, backgrounds and bodyshapes star in the new calendar: artist Yoko Ono, singer Patti Smith, tennis player Serena Williams, writer Fran Lebowitz, actress Amy Schumer, blogger Tavi Gevinson, film director Ava DuVernay, model Natalia Vodianova, art collector Agnes Gund, producer Kathleen Kennedy, business woman Mellody Hobson, artist Shirin Neshat, and actress Yao Chen are the 13 chosen stars of the new calendar. In fact, the only two women who appear in partial nudity are Amy Schumer and Serena Williams, who’ve each been targeted by body-shamers over the past year. This time it’s Amy Schumer as December’s model, holding a Starbucks cup and looking utterly unfazed in nothing but heels and a pair of panties. “She got the whole concept completely,” said Leibovitz. “She’s so bright.

Asked whether the photos had been subject to digital enhancement after the shoot, Leibovitz said: “There’s very little work done on this, it’s done black and white…There might be a little cleaning up, but they’re pretty straightforward. The calendar isn’t for sale; as in past years, it’ll be gifted to 20,000 “VIPs, musicians, politicians, and royalty.” The nudity of Williams and Schumer stands in stark contrast to Pirelli’s usual M.O. It’s as if she didn’t get the memo saying that she could keep her clothes on.” Schumer herself had this to say on the image “I felt I was more beautiful than I’ve ever felt in my life.” She also shared the image to her 2.6 million followers on twitter: “I started to think about the roles that women play, women who have achieved something. Previous decades have seen the world’s top professional beauties showcasing individual exposed, oiled-up body parts—with their faces, at times, cropped out—in what amounted to a fancified soft-core porn magazine. December’s subject, the comedian Amy Schumer, sips from a lipstick-stained takeaway coffee cup in her underwear, with soft rolls of flesh visible on her stomach.

She said that when originally approached by Pirelli she suggested using performance artists or female comedians as a “take up” of past calendars as she did not believe they would be able to make an immediate shift from supermodels and actresses to celebrating women who were making a difference in the world. 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.” Explained Leibovitz. Williams’s photo was “not a nude but a body study”, she said, while Schumer’s was a comic conceit: “The idea was that she was the only one who had not got the memo about wearing clothes.” To the uninitiated, the Pirelli calendar might sound like a tatty document destined for mechanics to stare at in a garage. Leibovitz admitted that the the idea of photographing distinguished women was a “departure” for the calendar but denied it was a ”watershed moment”. “I don’t want to think of this as a watershed moment as much as a shift to being on top.

Taken as a whole, the archive testifies to the longtime persistence of one particular beauty ideal in fashion and mainstream media, one that can rarely accommodate a roll of fat, bulge of muscle, or pinch of age-spotted skin. In any state of dress or undress, Schumer and Williams have been scrutinized for their looks, and both have resisted pressure to retreat into more modest clothing or a different strength-training regimen. Monday’s slick launch event, in the grand ballroom of the Grosvenor House on Park Lane, London, underlined the seriousness with which Pirelli takes the calendar as a marketing exercise. The world’s media gathered for the unveiling of the images, listening as Clare Balding interviewed Leibovitz and three of the calendar’s subjects – Gevinson, Gund and Chen – on stage, while the proceedings were translated via headsets into four languages.

I think the company has wanted to shift for a few years and my mandate was that they wanted to see some change.” During a behind-the-scenes film shown at the launch, the photographer’s almost-namesake Lebowitz offered a slightly different analysis: “Perhaps clothed women are going to have a moment.”

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