After Annie Leibovitz broke the tradition of capturing women in semi-nude imagery by presenting them fully clothed, Lindbergh has also taken it to the next level – featuring these famous women without make-up.
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi is one of the actresses who are gracing the 2017 Pirelli calendar.
According to CRI News, the actress joins the likes of A-list stars including Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren, and Kate Winslet in posing for the annual calendar, this time helmed by famed photographer Peter Lindbergh.
“I said I don’t want to do sexy anymore because sexy, for me, is talent and not kind of a nice piece of skin or something,” said Lindbergh.
The photographer also stated that he hopes to express that beauty is what you see, and not what they have to show.
“That’s the purpose of this: to say I don’t accept that image of beauty, which has been created by commercial interests, and to remind what beauty really is,” he added.
Zhang, who photographed for the 40-page calendar titled “Emotional”, did the shoot a few months after giving birth to her daughter, Xingxing.
Other stars that joined the shoot include Rooney Mara, Julianne Moore, Penelope Cruz, and Uma Thurman.
The Pirelli calendar, an annual publication since 1963, is known for its limited availability, given only as a corporate gift to a restricted number of Pirelli customers and celebrities. It was also known for featuring top stars and the work of top photographers.
(Photo source: sina.com.cn)