Happy 2013! This is the first post of this year.
The biggest difference in the 2013 Pirelli Calendar is that its subjects aren’t nude. Photographer Steve McCurry aimed to “portray women who are sexy without being naked,” and he’s definitely succeeded. And all these lovely ladies — from Petra Nemcova and Isabeli Fontana to Karlie Kloss and Liya Kebede — are big supporters (and sometimes even founders) of good causes worldwide.
Instead of pure nude-bodied goodness, photographer Steve McCurry (of “Afghan Girl” fame) decided to shoot beautiful women with serious heart. Isabeli Fontana, Petra Nemcova, Liya Kebede, and a heavily pregnant Adriana Lima all have one thing in common (and we’re not talking about natural beauty): a demonstrated commitment to helping the world through activism, charity work, and foundations of their own.
But don’t get it wrong — the ’13 calendar is just as sexy as ever. The photos, shot in Rio de Janeiro, include plenty of dramatic backdrops and striking colors. That said, the choice of location also reflects the overall change in the images and models. Instead of sticking to luxe, pristine geography, McCurry chose to photograph the women in parts of the city that lay bare its struggles with poverty (and the gaping hole between classes), as well as the beauty of its diversity.
For the 2013 Pirelli calendar parade women like actress Sonia Braga, splendid at 62, and a visibly pregnant Adriana Lima.
“The collection in this Calendar is my personal tribute to the people who live in one of the most exciting cities I have had the privilege to photograph.”
Summer Rayne Oakes
Hanaa Ben Abdesslem
Rio de Janeiro