Some of the most respected actresses in Hollywood are taking it all off in a new calendar shoot --- and by that I mean all of their makeup. A whole host of A-list starlets are tossing lipstick and mascara to the side in a collection of breathtaking photos for the 2017 Pirelli calendar.
Stars including Uma Thurman, Nicole Kidman, and Helen Mirren are all upending the traditionally sexed-up calendar by instead presenting a stunningly honest look at themselves without Photoshop, filters, or makeup. The black-and-white series includes close-ups and wide shots of the movie star models. The participants in the 2017 calendar may be the famed calendar's most impressive to date. They are: Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Rooney Mara, Alicia Vikander, Robin Wright, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o, Charlotte Rampling, Lea Seydoux, Zhang Ziyi, and Anastasia Ignatova.
For Uma Thurman, the bold photoshoot idea was a "loving gesture" to women across the globe, as she described it to the Hollywood Reporter. Thurman said that the calendar is meant to show women as real people in the face of a "regressive current" against women that she notes in our current culture.
Helen Mirren noted the culture shift that the makeup-free calendar represents in the age of Instagram and Photoshop, saying that this new set of photos provide portraits of humanity amid a sea of digitally enhanced celebrity images. Mirren had actually showed up for the photoshoot with calendar photographer Peter Lindbergh in full makeup, before he asked her to remove it for the shoot.
Like Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman was also taken by surprise by the photoshoot concept. Apparently, she thought the shots that she was taking without makeup and in her T-shirt were just test shots, but they actually wound up being the final cuts for the calendar. Kidman clarified that the calendar is in no way meant to bash women who choose to wear makeup, saying that it's a choice for each individual and that some women gain a lot of self-confidence from getting made up.
You can check out a few more photos from the Pirelli photoshoot below, including shots that feature Jessica Chastain...
...and Robin Wright. Unfortunately, you probably won't get a chance to purchase a copy of the 2017 calendar yourself, as the Pirelli's calendars are famously only available to the company's VIPs. So check out these stunning photos here while you can.