Once again, renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz is tapped by Pirelli for the brand’s annual calendar presentation. Departing from the recipe of tropical locales and sexy swimsuit-clad models, for 2016 Leibovitz turns her lens on 13 women who are impacting the world today. The roll call includes Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Serena Williams, Fran Lebowitz, Amy Schumer, Tavi Gevinson, Ava DuVernay, Natalia Vodianova, Agnes Gund, Kathleen Kennedy, Mellody Hobson, Shirin Neshat and Yao Chen, while Leibovitz provided the following statement on her approach for 2016’s calendar:
“I started to think about the roles that women play, women who have achieved something. I wanted to make a classic set of portraits. I thought that the women should look strong but natural and I decided to keep it a very simple exercise of shooting in the studio. This calendar is so completely different. It is a departure. The idea was not to have any pretense in these pictures and be very straightforward.”
Check out the 2015 Pirelli calendar here.