This year’s Pirelli calendar is a major departure from past iterations. The calendar typically features supermodels (Joan Smalls, Christy Turlington, and so on) wearing little to no clothing. Artful and beautiful, yes. A triumph for body positivity and inclusiveness, not so much. But for its 2016 calendar, Pirelli decided to feature women based not solely on how great they look naked—instead, they were chosen for their achievements. The resulting 12 black-and-white images of women, shot by iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz, are stunning. Yoko Ono, Fran Lebowitz, and Tavi Gevinson all appear in the calendar (fully clothed, we might add). And then there’s Amy Schumer.
Aside from a shot of Serena Williams in her underwear showing off her spectacular muscles, Schumer is one of the only other women to appear near nude, sitting on a bar stool and holding a cup of coffee wearing nothing but her underwear (as one does). Much like everything Schumer does these days, it’s completely and totally awesome. She posted the photo, along with the perfect summary of her reasons for doing it, to Twitter:
What we love even more than the photo itself is the story about how it came to be: According to Elle, Leibovitz suggested that Schumer pose nude for the calendar so that the photo would read as a joke, that Schumer didn’t get the memo about everyone else wearing clothes this time around. “She got the whole concept completely,” says Leibovitz. “She’s so bright. She was willing to play that role. I was worried for her. I said, ‘Are you self-conscious?’ [Amy] said, ‘Are you kidding? I love my body.'” Schumer summed it up in her tweet: “Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman.” The Pirelli calendar has always celebrated women—but this year’s images do so in a new, empowering way we’re totally on board with.
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