The Pirelli calendar is a cultural tradition now–every year we all look forward to the (classy) high profile T&A shot by legendary photographers in exotic locations (last year’s was a doozy, thanks almost singlehandedly to a naked Lara Stone). The 2013 calendar has been unveiled, and it’s rather different this time around.
But we knew it would be. Shot by photojournalist Steve McCurry (best known for his striking “Afghan Girl” portrait), he said over the summer, “I want to portray women who are sexy without being naked.” And that’s exactly what he did.
The calendar features a pregnant Adriana Lima, Isabeli Fontana, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Liya Kibede, Karlie Kloss, Kyleigh Kuhn, and Brazilian actress Sonia Braga and singer Marisa Monte. There are also Brazilian street scenes depicting “everyday life.”
“You can photograph nudes anywhere,” McCurry said at a press conference in Rio, according to Style.com. “But these models are clothed, and each of them has her own charity. They are purposeful and idealistic people. So I wanted to photograph them in a special place, and Rio was perfect for this.”
The result? Colorful and classy. Click through to see some sneak peeks.
Photos: Steve McCurry/Pirelli