Pirelli’s new ‘fem­i­nist’ cal­en­dar sexes up the wrin­kles

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - LIFE - By FIACHRA GIB­BONS and EM­MANUEL CHERKI in Paris Agence France-Presse

Pirelli un­veiled its fem­i­nist­friendly 2017 cal­en­dar last Tues­day with a galaxy of Hol­ly­wood stars dar­ing to show their wrin­kles and crow’s feet to the cam­era.

The arty black and white com­pi­la­tion is a world away from the glossy air­brushed im­ages of naked women that tra­di­tion­ally graced garages and men’s locker rooms.

Fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Peter Lind­bergh roped in vet­eran stars He­len Mirren and Char­lotte Ram­pling — aged 71 and 70 — declar­ing that his cal­en­dar was “a cry against the ter­ror of per­fec­tion and youth”.

Even his shots of Nicole Kid­man and glam­orous Bond star Lea Sey­doux em­braced their im­per­fec­tions.

“Tal­ent is sexy,” says the Ger­man­born film­maker, who shot some of the ac­tresses, in­clud­ing Ju­lianne Moore, without makeup.

“We don’t do naked any more,” he adds as the cal­en­der was launched in Paris. “What is much more im­por­tant than naked body parts is when you re­ally show your­self as you are.”

Pirelli stopped us­ing nude shots for its cal­en­dar three years ago.

Lind­bergh said he wanted to strip away all the air­brush­ing that has come with the age of celebrity.

“There is no beauty without truth. All this fake mak­ing up of a per­son into some­thing that is not them can­not be beau­ti­ful. It is just ridicu­lous,” he says.

Os­car-win­ner Kate Winslet said she agreed to do the cal­en­der be­cause she knew Lind­bergh does not touch up his pho­tos.

‘Isn’t it OK to be 40?’

“I wanted him to pho­to­graph my age at 40, as I am,” Winslet said in a video filmed after her shoot in Lon­don.

“He wants to see women as they are, their lines, their lit­tle crow’s feet, their veins ... I asked him to pho­to­graph the backs of my hands, be­cause they are dif­fer­ent from when I was 30.

“Peo­ple are al­ways mak­ing us a softer ver­sion of 40 or a more youth­ful ver­sion of 50. But isn’t it just OK to be 40 or 50 or 60?” she adds.

The 15 women fea­tured in the cal­en­dar range in age from 28 to 71, with most in their 40s in­clud­ing Penelope Cruz and Uma Thur­man.

Rather than con­cen­trate on their bod­ies — as Pirelli cal­en­dars did in the past — Lind­bergh fo­cused mostly on the faces of his sub­jects, with a se­ries of ten­der and re­veal­ing por­traits.

Kid­man said she wasn’t afraid of nu­dity “but if it is ex­ploita­tive it is not in­ter­est­ing”.

She was hap­pier, how­ever, that the pho­tog­ra­pher had al­lowed the women to be their age. “The voice of ac­tresses is get­ting stronger,” she says.

Both Mirren and Ram­pling said they worked on be­ing as emo­tion­ally naked as they could be stand­ing be­fore the cam­era.

“In our busi­ness we start out very young hope­fully be­ing true to our-

There is no beauty without truth. All this fake mak­ing up of a per­son into some­thing that is not them can­not be beau­ti­ful. It is just ridicu­lous.” Peter Lind­bergh, Ger­man-born film­maker and fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher

selves and then the pro­fes­sion can start to put so many lim­its that we are no longer the true per­son you are,” Ram­pling says.

“Peter wants to get to that vul­ner­a­ble part of your­self.”


Pho­tog­ra­pher Peter Lind­bergh, Nicole Kid­man, Uma Thur­man and He­len Mirren and Pirelli CEO Marco Tronchetti Provera (from left) pose dur­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion of the 2017 Pirelli Cal­en­dar on Nov 29 in Paris.

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