Annie Leibovitz’s iconic Pirelli calendar is back and its 2016, 12-month shoot has enlisted some pretty big icons in the music and sports world. The Pirelli calendar has become famous for its provocative photos, shooting past photos of Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, and more. And while the calendar shoot keeps its genuine and provocative nature, it has opened the door to a more diverse pool of models. One of which, is tennis legend, Serena Williams.
The tennis champion is the April 2016 cover star. And celebration of the spring weather, Serena commands the shoot, modeling her toned curves in nothing but underwear briefs. Though Williams has often been criticized for her athletic build, the sports star looks nothing but flawless in her revealing shoot. And as she turns her back to the camera, it’s looks as though she’s turning her back to all the shade as well.
While Serena strips away from the bodyshamers, film director, Ava DuVernay also makes a cameo in the calendar as July. The rest of the months include appearances by Amy Schumer, Yoko Ono, other women making an impact in their industries. In addition to its empowering feminist qualities, this shoot is definitely showcasing alternative ideals of beauty in terms of race and body size.
Take a look at some of the images from Serena Williams and Ava DuVernay’s shoot for the 2016 Pirelli calendar, and a behind-the-scenes video below.