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Pirelli Calendar: 'Undress for history, please'

2015-07-15 10:21

CONTROVERSIAL PIRELLI CALENDAR: Taschen Books is launching a 50-year anniversary book of the Pirelli Calendar. Image: Quickpic


2015 Pirelli Calender

2014-11-19 09:45

The 42nd edition of the Pirelli calendar has been revealed with a focus "on the absolute centrality of women back in its most classic format". Check out some of the calender girls!

LONDON, England - Are you a Pirelli Calendar fan? Now you can find full calendars from the past all in one place as Taschen Books celebrates the 50th anniversary of the notorious calendar.

The Pirelli Calendar, featuring glamorous shots of beautifull women, was first published in 1964. Reserved for important clients and VIPs, the calendar has since grown into a legend of its own, says Pirelli.

The calendar has received criticism throughout its 50-year run for objectifying women. Is the calendar still relevant?


According to Pirelli: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the now-legendary institution that is the Pirelli Calendar, Taschen brings you a retrospective volume reproducing the complete calendars, photographed by several well-known artists."

"Bonus features include rarely and never-before-seen behind-the-scenes images of the shoots, the unpublished 1963 calendar, and a selection of "censored" images deemed too risqué by the editors of the time."

"An introduction by Philippe Daverio and an interview with art directors Derek Forsyth and Martyn Walsh together reveal the stories, personalities, and creative processes behind these stunning pictures."

The calendar showcases models such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Laetitia Casta, Cindy Crawford, Penelope Cruz, Milla Jovovich, Heidi Klum, Angela Lindvall, Sophia Loren, and Kate Moss.


The 2014 Pirelli Calendar caused controversy amongst Wheels24 readers. Some readers argued that the notorious calendar objectifies women while some believed that readers should have the choice of whether to view the calendar or not.

Here's what some readers had to say:

Adam Spires: "You resorted to cheap objectification of women? How about celebrating women's real beauty instead of getting them to spread their legs?"

Chris Hitchcock: "Is this as far as we have managed to evolve? As men we vow to protect our wives and partners with our lives, yet we are still happy to perpetuate this crap.

Joe White: "Objectification has become a buzz word. Pirelli calendars and some (not all) men's mags are there to celebrate the beauty of women! May I say that the female body is the most beautiful thing and we should celebrate this. This is by no means pornographic."

Michael Clifford Georgopoulos: Come on now, all you children that are complaining about these pictures. You made a choice to look at it so let the guys like what they see because it's THEIR choice to look at it. Let it go, next time don't look!

SunshinyDay: "I'm pretty sure these women were more than happy to oblige, they could have turned the job down."

The last Pirelli Calendar caused much controversy amongst Wheels24 readers. Do you think the Pirelli calendar is it still relevant? Does it objectify women? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts or use the Readers' Comments section below...

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