The Italian tyre company launched its annual calendar of model nudes in New York last night, with many of the monthly stars in attendance (this time with clothes).
Far from Karl Lagerfeld’s Roman-inspired bacchanal from 2011, the 2012 calendar features nude images of some of the world’s most beautiful women communing with nature in Corsica.
Shot by photographer and former model Mario Sorrenti, the largely black-and-white body of work is artful rather than titillating.
‘I always thought about taking clothes off as a way of getting close to the individual and the person, and of getting something that was more honest and pure,’ Sorrenti said in an interview distributed at the launch event.
Models whose honesty and purity Sorrenti sought to capture in the project include Kate Moss, Lara Stone, Natasha Poly, Milla Jovovich, Guinevere Van Seenus, Isabeli Fontana, Joan Smalls and more. ‘Mario is pretty much the only person I would take my clothes off for,’ actress Jovovich said.
If you’re making a note to seek this calendar out in your local bookstore, stop—Pirelli limits distribution to a select list of royals, clients and entertainment world VIPs. For now, take a look at our selection of six of the best images from the calendar. And better luck next year...