2013 Pirelli Calendar
The globally acclaimed Magnum photographer Steve McCurry unveiled the 2013 Pirelli calendar during an official event held November 27 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
This year’s beauties have opted to keep their clothes on, with Summer Rayne Oakes posing in an admittedly plunging red gown.
Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was chosen as the setting for the famous motoring calendar, starring a mix of top models – all fully clothed, captured by Steve McCurry.
All of the photographs were taken in the streets of Rio and its favelas. Together, they shed light on the history and evolution of the iconic city, documentary-style.
In another major shift with the past, all of the women (models, actresses and singers) featured in the 2013 edition of the Pirelli calendar 2013 are covered up, while previous editions were renowned for their artistic portrayals of female nudity.
The 40th edition of the calendar includes 34 color photographs, including 23 portraits of actresses, singers and models, nine photographs depicting Rio de Janeiro’s everyday life, and two pictures of graffiti art and murals.
Brazilian Victoria’s Secret ‘Angel’ Adriana Lima was the first visibly pregnant model to pose for the famous calendar, now in its 39th year. The 31-year-old undies model gave birth to baby Sophia in September, after the picture was taken in July.
Adriana Lima, is joined in the calendar by Elisa Sednaoui, Petra Nemcova, Isabeli Fontana, Sonia Braga, Liya Kebede and Karlie Kloss.
McCurry follows in the footsteps of photographers including Mario Sorrenti, Terry Richardson, Karl Lagerfeld and Bruce Weber in shooting the Pirelli Calendar.
McCurry, who is most famous for his Afghan Girl photo, said: “I would say I am a street photographer doing ‘found situations’. You can photograph nudes anywhere. 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.”
All of McCurry’s subjects support charitable foundations, NGOs, and other humanitarian projects.