We have already taken a look at the behind-the-scene shoot of 2016 Pirelli calendar. The latest themed calendar of the Italian tire company has been unveiled, celebrating women from various fields and of all ages, shapes and sizes. Pirelli_calendar_2016Captured by the doyenne of photography, Annie Leibovitz, in New York, the calendar goes beyond the physical, featuring thirteen women who have distinguished themselves in some way.Pirelli_calendar_2016_yoko_onoDescribing the 2016 edition as ‘different’, the photographer states, “When Pirelli contacted me, they told me they wanted to follow a different path from the past. ” She also added that she wanted the photographs to show women exactly as they are, without artifice.Pirelli_calendar_2016_1Fran Lebowitz, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Amy Schumer, Serena Williams, Tavi Gevinson, Ava DuVernay, Yao Chen, Mellody Hobson, Shirin Neshat, Agnes Gund, Kathleen Kennedy, and Natalia Vodianova are featured in the classic set of black and white portraits shot in the studio.Pirelli_calendar_2016_Amy SchumerRenowned for riding high on nudity over the past years, the 2016 calendar has been launched without any completely naked images or provocative poses, shifting from NSFW category to VSFW (read very safe for work). While most of the women are fully clad, stand up comedian and actress Amy Schumer as well as Serena Williams stripped down to underwear, posing topless for Annie Leibovitz.Pirelli_calendar_2016_SERENA_WILLIAMSAmy Schumer celebrates the last month of the year by wearing only underwear and heels. Flaunting her stomach rolls and covering her bosom with her arm, she is captured holding a cup of coffee. Another exception to the fully-dressed calendar is Serena Williams who is seen flaunting her muscles and her back to the camera.

New York Times Via  Pirelli Calendar