Amy Schumer, Serena Williams take it off for new Pirelli calendar

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Feminist makeover for Pirelli calendar.

It might only be pinned up at some enlightened garages, but the Pirelli calendar has signalled a break with history by replacing nude images of supermodels with a feminist collection depicting “women of achievement”, photographed by Annie Leibovitz.LOS ANGELES ( — The 2016 Pirelli calendar is making a major departure from tradition by featuring women for their accomplishments and not their measurements. “I’m 34 and now everything is about to drop, so let’s get a shot of it while we’ve got it up there,” said Amy Schumer, who is among 13 women to be featured. But Ms Leibovitz, the acclaimed portrait photographer, said the 2016 edition marked a “shift” by shunning the likes of Kate Moss in favour of women, for the most part clothed, whose achievements range from philanthropy and finance to avant-garde art and punk poetry.

Last year, Model Gigi Hadid, whose mother Yolanda Foster has been a cast member of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” for several seasons, appeared in the calendar, along with Carolyn Murphy and Karen Elson, also models. Leibovitz chose to shoot 12 “women of achievement” including chairwoman of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy, Selma director Ava DuVernay, and singer Patti Smith, taking a minimalist approach to photoshopping. They include Yoko Ono (83), in a corset and top hat; Patti Smith, the punk pioneer; Kathleen Kennedy, the chairperson of Lucasfilm, who is guiding the new ‘Star Wars’ film to screens; and Mellody Hobson, the president of a Chicago money-management firm. Comedian Amy Schumer and tennis player Serena Williams were the only two subjects to pose in just underwear bottoms, while artist Yoko Ono wore a circus ringmaster-inspired outfit of corset and fishnet tights. 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.

It was important to stay that way.” Joining Leibovitz at the calendar’s launch in London yesterday were three of its models, actress Yao Chen, the first Chinese UN goodwill ambassador, 19-year-old blogger Tavi Gevinson, and art patron Agnes Gund, who was photographed alongside her granddaughter Sadie Hope-Gund. Unveiling the calendar in London, Ms Leibovitz joked that Ms Schumer was the only participant who “didn’t get the memo saying she could keep her clothes on”. 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.

Leibovitz admitted that 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. Other models include Tavi Gevinson, founder of online magazine ‘Rookie’, who has been described as “the world’s most influential teenager”. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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