Shot by Peter Lindbergh, Lupita Nyong’o features in a makeup-free look for the 2017 Pirelli Calendar.
This year’s photoshoot marks another year where the famed calendar heads in a different creative direction. In the past, nearly nude photo shoots featuring fashion models in exotic locales became a signature. In recent years, the company has opted for celebrities and personalities in more pared-down settings.
Nyong’o joins an all-woman cast featuring 14 actors from four continents, whose ages range from 28 to 71. The women include Helen Mirren, 71, Julianne Moore, 55, Robin Wright, 50, Charlotte Rampling, 70, Léa Seydoux, 31, Lupita Nyong’o, Alicia Vikander, 28, and Zhang Ziyi, 37. All the women sport makeup-free looks.
“In the time when women are represented in the media, in every way else, as ambassadors of perfection and youth, I thought it was important to remind everyone that there is a different beauty, more real, and truthful, and not manipulated by commercial or any other interests,” Lindbergh said at a press conference. “Beauty that speaks about individuality, courage to be yourself, and your very own sensibility. That’s my definition of a woman today. That is the goal of the calendar, to show that woman and not the stretched and manipulated [woman often shown in the media].”
Nyong’o also features in a behind-the-scenes video of the making of the 2017 calendar.
Only 2,000 copies of this exclusive calendar have been printed and they are only available to Pirelli clients and VIPs.