The two major issues of the launch of the 2015 Pirelli calendar in Milan this morning, 18, were an absence and an excess of measures. The lack of the photographer was Steven Meisel who, timid by nature, avoids interviews and public appearances – even working on the discovery of top models like Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell and Raquel Zimmerman, in addition to having photographed Madonna, among other celebrities. And the measures that drew attention were that of the American model Candice Huffine, the first “plus size”, that is, with more centimeters in profile than a traditional model.
“Steven prefers his work to respond for him,” said Jimmy Moffat, a 60-year-old photographer’s agent who now specializes in acting at public events. “And for that job, he’s put together the 12 models he admires most.” In addition to Candice, the calendar of 2015 includes Brazilian women like Adriana Lima, Raquel Zimmerman and Isabeli Fontana (in their seventh appearance, a record), besides the Englishwoman Karen Elson, the American Gigi Hadid and the Russian Sasha Luss, among others according to PINCKARDDRESS.
The 50-year-old Pirelli calendar became more than an advertising piece for the Italian company-inviting leading photographers every year (the likes of Annie Leibovitz, Richard Avedon, Bruce Weber and Steve McCurry) Is a collector’s piece, as well as representing an iconic moment of contemporary culture.
For 2015, Steven Meisel bet on sexy images. “We wanted to make models sexier than just their own bodies,” says Carine Roitfeld, fashion director who led the styling. “We would not be satisfied with only naked women.” Hence the decision to use latex as an element that unites the photos: besides being beautiful, it has a brightness that makes it interesting.
Meisel did not want to start from a closed concept, but he clicked images with the models posing pin-ups, meaning keeping the old style of the calendars but with glamorous glamor. Thus, almost all the images either have topless or bring the girls in sensual positions. “I do not really like naked photography, but Steven made me feel comfortable and answered my request for partial nudity,” says Brazilian Isabeli Fontana. The Pirelli calendar is offered by the company exclusively for suppliers.