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Kristin Booker • December 6, 2011

Fashion News (NSFW): Images and Making Of Video From The Pirelli 2012 Calendar with Kate Moss, Lara Stone, Milla Jovovich and More

Image of Milla Jovovich from the shoot of the 2012 Pirelli calendar. Image courtesy of Pirelli.

First of all, I should state for the record that this post is NSFW, which means “Not Suitable for Work.” Also, if you find nudity offensive, this post is not for you.

OK, now that we have that out of the way, I attended the worldwide press conference this morning for the launch of the 2012 Pirelli Calendar. For those that aren’t familiar with this legendary piece of work, Pirelli is an Italian tire company that makes top-of-the-line tires for racing and high-performance automobiles. Years ago, they were looking for a little something to thank their esteemed customers and decided to create this calendar of images of gorgeous women of exceptional quality. These images and this calendar are now worldwide collectors’ items and the woman who have graced its pages and the photographers that have been honored to shoot it are the stuff of legend. As in, Sophia Loren has posed for it and Karl Lagerfeld has shot it.

Kate Moss shooting the 2012 Pirelli calendar. Image courtesy of Pirelli.

This year’s calendar is called “swoon” and was shot by famed fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti, a master with images of the female form and a skilled craftman when it comes to the portrayal of female nudes. The images are a study of the relationship between photographer and muse, a gorgeous display of what can be done when you capture the right moment, that connection that creates a photograph of such spectacular quality that it takes your breath away. The island of Corsica is the backdrop for these extraordinary images and seamlessly integrates with – but simultaneously inspires – these breathtaking moments.

Photographer Mario Sorrenti speaking about shooting the calendar at this morning's press conference. Image: Kristin Booker, Fashion.Style.Beauty

The images from the calendar are seriously gorgeous and so incredibly inspiring. This is a study of women feeling beautiful and exploring their own personal strength through image. I love what Sorrenti has done and I think you will as well. This is the video associated with the making of the calendar. Again, gorgeous and sensual but not appropriate for work or young viewers:

 

Sorrenti and some of the women from the 2012 Pirelli calendar, including Joan Smalls and Rinko Kikuchi. Image: Kristin Booker, Fashion.Style.Beauty

There are nine models included in the 2012 calendar and three actresses, including Kate Moss, Lara Stone, Joan Smalls, Rinko Kikuchi, Guinevere Van Seenus, Isabeli Fontana and Italian actress Margareth Madè. All of the images are simply stunning. There are a total of 25 pictures in the calendar (18 black and white, 7  color) and it’s interactive so you the owner can choose who they want featured each month.

Margareth Made in the 2012 Pirelli Calendar. Image courtesy of Pirelli.

I’m showing this because I hope that this study of the female form helps you appreciate your own female form. We’re all truly lovely, inside and out. These images are proof (to me, at least) of the inspiring power of a woman feeling her own feminine power.

Please enjoy them for the art that they are.

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