No swimsuits: The Pirelli calendar is going to look very different for 2016

No swimsuits: The Pirelli calendar is going to look very different for 2016

Shot by Annie Leibovitz

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Famed photographer Annie Leibovitz and the likes of Serena Williams, Patti Smith and Yoko Ono are changing the face of the Pirelli calendar for 2016. For starters there are no swimsuits in sight...

Next year's Pirelli calendar is set to look very different thanks to iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz...

Instead of the usual skimpy swimsuit models, Leibovitz has shot "strong but natural" women including tennis star Serena Williams, singers Patti Smith and Yoko Ono, funny girl Amy Schumer and one of the original fashion bloggers – Tavi Gevinson.

"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 pretence in these pictures and be very straightforward." 

Since its debut in 1964, Leibovitz is one of only four female photographers who have ever lensed the Pirelli calendar, and is the first to turn her back on the sultry-appeal, favouring a more demure approach for the 2016 edition, which is being hailed as "radical and inspirational departure from previous years."

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