Pirelli is famous for its pin-up and NSFW calendars. However, past years have seen a move from the formulaic gorgeous models in exotic locations with Pirelli publishing un-retouched Hollywood actresses for their 2017 offering and for 2016, powerful women shaping our world in beautiful black and white shots. Pirelli is getting political, and it's no different for 2018.
Photographed by Tim Walker, the 2018 Pirelli calendar features an all-black model cast. Coinciding with Edward Enninful's #NewVogue issue, a celebration of Britain and all its diversity, the calendar reflects a huge shift in mood. Enninful did the styling for the shoot - a job he took before he found out about his appointment at Vogue.
Names like Naomi Campbell, P.Diddy, Whoopi Goldberg, Adwoa Aboah, Slick Woods, Lupita Nyong'o, Rupaul and Duckie Thot feature in the calendar... And the theme? Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Tim Walker explained: “It’s difficult to be entirely clear, but fashion reflects the spirit of the times. The fashion industry is a wonderland, and it’s an immensely positive thing to see a black Alice... Alice is universal.”
Each model takes on a different character from the book. See the full casting list below:
ADUT AKECH: THE QUEEN OF DIAMONDS
ADWOA ABOAH: TWEEDLEDEE
ALPHA DIA: 5 OF HEARTS PLAYING CARD AND GARDENER
DJIMON HOUNSOU: THE KING OF HEARTS
DUCKIE THOT: ALICE
KING OWUSU: TWEEDLEDUM, 2 OF HEARTS PLAYING CARD AND GARDENER LIL YACHTY: THE QUEEN’S GUARD
LUPITA NYONG’O: THE DORMOUSE
NAOMI CAMPBELL: THE ROYAL BEHEADER
RUPAUL: THE QUEEN OF HEARTS
SASHA LANE: THE MAD MARCH HARE
SEAN “DIDDY” COMBS: THE ROYAL BEHEADER
SLICK WOODS: THE MAD HATTER
THANDO HOPA: THE PRINCESS OF HEARTS
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: THE ROYAL DUCHESS
WILSON ORYEMA: 7 OF HEARTS PLAYING CARD AND GARDENER
ZOE BEDEAUX: THE CATERPILLAR
JAHA DUKUREH: WONDERLAND PRINCESS
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