UPDATED on November 13, 2017:
Pirelli has unveiled its 2018 calendar featuring an all-black cast with the likes of Naomi Campbell, Jay Z, RuPaul, Duckie Thot, Lupita Nayong'o, Lil Yachty and many more impressive names. Styled by EIC of British Vogue, Edward Enninful, and shot by English photographer Tim Walker, the calendar is an original take on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Walker said of his work:
"Alice has been told so many times and I think I wanted to go back to the genesis of the imagination behind Lewis Carroll so that you could tell it from the very beginning again. I wanted to find a different and original angle."
It is only the second time an all-black cast has been featured in a Pirelli Calendar after 1987 Terence Donovan's photo shoot of five women involving Naomi Campbell. According to Pirelli, "each protagonist was carefully selected and given an important Wonderland role."
Watch the backstage video and see more outtakes from the Pirelli 2018 calendar below. Visit its official website to learn more and read interviews with all the featured celebs.
Original article below:
For its 2018 calendar, Pirelli has recruited iconic photographer Tim Walker and incoming British Vogue editor Edward Enninful to delve into the world of Alice in Wonderland, and the results are breathtaking!
Presented by an incredible all-black cast, the duo came up with a twisted, contemporary and incredibly visual take on the classic story by Lewis Carroll.
The stellar line-up formed by actors and actresses, models and musicians with the likes of Duckie Thot as Alice, Lupita Nyong'o as The Dormouse, Naomi Campbell and Sean Combs as The Beheaders, Slick Woods as The Mad Hatter, Whoopi Goldberg as The Royal Duchess, Adwoa Aboah as Tweedledee and RuPaul as The Queen of Hearts among many others.
Talk about perfect casting!
Pirelli is known for breaking the mold and shattering stereotypes with its photo shoots. For the 2017 edition, Peter Lindbergh photographed an all-female cast formed by some of Hollywood's most stunning and powerful actresses. The subject was to showcase natural beauty by presenting the artists without makeup and the images unretouched.
Although this is not the first time they present an all-black cast in their publication (they did so in 1987 featuring a 16-year-old Naomi Campbell at the beginning of her career) this year they take a stand, once more, against the lack of representation by championing and celebrating diversity.
While the official calendar won't be released for a few months, you can check out a preview of what's in store for us below. For more behind the scenes content head over to Pirelli's website: