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Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman star in the 2017 Pirelli Calendar

Peter Lindbergh photographs successful actresses for the latest edition, continuing a streak of non-model cast members

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 29 Aug 2016

Video: Pirelli

Another year, another Pirelli Calendar to look forward to, and like the groundbreaking 2016 Pirelli Calendar, the 2017 edition features women outside the modelling industry. This time, photographer Peter Lindbergh worked with some of the most successful women in film.

The stars of the calendar are Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Charlotte Rampling, Lupita Nyong'o, Alicia Vikander, Léa Seydoux, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Robin Wright, Rooney Mara, Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Helen Mirren, Zhang Ziyi and Anastasia Ignatova.

Behind-the-scenes with Kate Winslet (Photo: Pirelli)

The calendar was shot in New York by Peter, who also photographed the famous calendar in 1996 and 2002. He described the photos to be "a love song to the women I really know and like, and there's no exceptions." He also admitted that everyone featured in the upcoming calendar was someone he wanted to marry but never had "the balls to ask."

Behind-the-scenes with Nicole Kidman (Photo: Pirelli)

"The Pirelli Calendar is a very important one, because you don't have to do nudity anymore, you're not under pressure to do anything with your body, which is great," Peter said. "Beauty today is really twisted, for commercial reasons, so people think beautiful is what you see in advertising and in magazines – all these retouched women."

"You have to be perfect, you have to be thin, you have to be young – you have to be all this, and this is bullsh-t," he added. "It's so awful, and this image of beauty is imposed on people for commercial reasons, because you can't make money [if] you say to someone, 'You know what, you're beautiful the way you are.'"

Behind-the-scenes with Uma Thurman (Photo: Pirelli)
Behind-the-scenes with Penélope Cruz (Photo: Pirelli)

Go behind-the-scenes of the 2017 Pirelli calendar in the sneak peek video and learn more about the iconic calendar at pirellicalendar.pirelli.com.

Related: The 2016 Pirelli Calendar – everything's changed


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