The Pirelli Calendar Ditches Swimsuit Models in Favour of "Strong but Natural" Women

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The world famous Pirelli calendar has shaken things up for 2016, ditching its usual line up of swimsuit models in favour of "strong" women such as Serena Williams, Patti Smith and Yoko Ono. Shot by iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz, this year's calendar has been dubbed "radical and inspirational departure from previous years."

"I started to think about the roles that women play, women who have achieved something. I wanted to make a classic set of portraits," said Leibovitz. "I thought that the women should look strong but natural, and I decided to keep it a very simple exercise of shooting in the studio. This calendar is so completely different. It is a departure. The idea was not to have any pretense in these pictures and be very straightforward."

You can watch a short behind-the-scenes video of the calendar shoot above, courtesy of the New York Magazine.