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Today in Milan, Pirelli unveiled its 2015 calendar, appropriately titled Calendar Girls 2015. The 42nd edition of the project was shot by celebrated fashion photographer Steven Meisel, who worked in conjunction with a styling team led by former French Vogue editor and CR Fashion Book founder, Carine Roitfeld

Meisel had this to say of the 12 selected supermodels: “These are the key aesthetic models of today’s world. They represent the stereotypes that the fashion and star system impose upon us right now.” The famous faces in question include Gigi Hadid, Adriana Lima, Joan Smalls, Karen Elson, and Anna Ewers, among others. 

While the famous photographer is interested in conveying our societal obsessions, he maintains that he wasn’t aiming to provide any particular social commentary. Instead, he wanted to channel his absolute creative freedom into making his subjects the protagonist of each image. Perhaps the idea seems at odds with the coquettish appearance of scantily-clad models gracing the calendar pages, or perhaps not. Take a look at a few highlights from the shoot and decide for yourself and go here for the behind-the-scenes.

Words by Stephanie Smith-Strickland