The 2018 Pirelli Calendar features an all-Black cast of models, artists, musicians, comedians and actors.
Acclaimed photographer Tim Walker and incoming British Vogue editor Edward Enninful partnered to recreate and capture “the surreal world of dreams” invoked in Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
The subjects for the 2018 calendar include a diversity of Black celebrities, including supermodel Naomi Campbell as The Royal Beheader, drag icon RuPaul as the Queen of Hearts, music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs as The Royal Beheader, actress Lupita Nyong’o as The Dormouse and rapper Lil Yachty as a member of The Queen’s Guard.
The Pirelli Calendar was developed decades ago by the tire company as an annual showcase of female beauty. In recent years, however, it has redefined itself by creating images that provide social commentary.
The calendar is not sold to the public, but instead is gifted to celebrities and insiders in various industries.
The 2017 calendar celebrated powerful women and featured some Hollywood’s biggest female actresses. It was shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.
This is not the first time Pirelli has opted for an all-Black cast. Its 1987 edition used the same theme and featured a then teenage Campbell who was already making waves as a model. — (AP)