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The 2018 Pirelli Calendar takes a trip down the rabbit hole

The new edition of the calendar features an all-black cast that includes RuPaul, Lupita Nyong'o and Whoopi Goldberg

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 21 Jul 2017

Inside Pirelli 2018
From left: Djimon Honsou, RuPaul and Duckie Thot (Photo: Alessandro Scotti)

Photographer Tim Walker re-imagines Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for the 2018 Pirelli Calendar. Styled by Edward Enninful and featuring an all-black cast of musicians, performers, and actors, the calendar is well on its way to breaking boundaries.

The stars of the calendar are Duckie Thot (Alice), Djimon Honsou (King of Hearts), Adut Akech (Queen of Diamonds), RuPaul (Queen of Hearts), Whoopi Goldberg (the Royal Duchess), Slick Woods (the Mad Hatter), Lupita Nyong'o (Dormouse), Sasha Lane (Mad March Hare), Adwoa Aboah (Tweedledee), Thando Hopa (Princess of Hearts), Alpha Dia (Five of Hearts Card), and King Owusu (Two of Hearts Card). Sean 'P Diddy' Combs and Naomi Campbell are the Royal Beheaders.

"Inclusivity is more part of the conversation than it has ever been before but it goes far beyond black and white," Edward told the New York Times. "It is about all creeds, all colours, all sizes and people just living their truths. A lot of this is about digital giving people voices, and a new generation who refuse to compromise and want answers to the questions that matter to them."

"Given the state of the world we live in, sometimes I think we all feel like we've fallen down the rabbit hole. For me, a retelling of 'Alice' for the modern world was a perfect project, particularly once the cast fell into place," Edward continued.

Tim added: "The story of Alice has been told so many times and in so many ways, but always with a white cast. There has never been a black Alice, so I wanted to push how fictional fantasy figures can be represented and explore evolving ideas of beauty."

The 2018 Pirelli Calendar will be out this November. Scroll on to see what went on behind the scenes.

Duckie Thot (Photo: Alessandro Scotti)
Sean Combs and Naomi Campbell (Photo: Alessandro Scotti)
RuPaul and Djimon Honsou (Photo: Alessandro Scotti)
Duckie Thot (Photo: Alessandro Scotti)
Slick Woods (Photo: Alessandro Scotti)
Djimon Honsou(Photo: Alessandro Scotti)
Sasha Lane and Lupita Nyong'o (Photo: Alessandro Scotti)
Adwoa Aboah (Photo: Alessandro Scotti)
Alpha Dia and King Owusu (Photo: Alessandro Scotti)
Thando Hopa and Whoopi Goldberg (Photo: Alessandro Scotti)

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