Breaking the mould with their decision to forego using supermodels in favour of “women of achievement” back in 2016, the annual Pirelli calendar is breaking beauty boundaries once again, celebrating mature women for 2017.
Showcasing some of Hollywood’s most glamourous stars like Julianne Moore, Robin Wright, Helen Mirren, Lupita Nyong’o and Nicole Kidman, the calendar is aiming to celebrate their natural beauty, without makeup.
Rick Campanelli spoke with Nicole Kidman, 49, at the calendar’s 44th annual launch in Paris, where the actress opens up about getting the call from famed German photographer Peter Lindbergh.
“For me, I’ve known Peter for so long,” Kidman says, adding, “so when he called and said this is what you’d be doing I said ‘absolutely.'”
But apparently the celebrity snapper didn’t tell her everything about the shoot as Kidman reveals: “He didn’t tell me I was going to be January.”
Maintaining she’s “flattered” to be included, the actress adds being makeup-free is something that husband, Keith Urban, is on board with.
“My husband totally prefers me with no makeup on and at my most natural,” she explains. “We’re allowed to have that choice and it’s a very important message to give to not only little girls but little boys.”
Kidman stars in a behind-the-scenes making of the vignette, alongside Julianne Moore, 55, and Robin Wright, 50, who can’t help but sing the praises of Lindbergh.
“He celebrates the soulfulness and doesn’t think anyone isn’t beautiful,” Moore says of the photographer.
While Wright explains the difficulties in achieving the right photo.
“It’s difficult being in front of a camera and having people watching,” she says. “I don’t like exposing myself and being vulnerable in that way, give me a character to play any day.”
After all her accolades, Kidman says she still can’t believe her luck saying, “Female power is the courage to be yourself, to be able to walk into a room and be yourself,” adding, “when he told me the different women he was shooting I was very honoured to be in that group.”
So what can fans expect from the calendar, titled, “Emotional”?
“I’ve seen the whole calendar, it’s so good, it’s so fresh,” Kidman says.
Lindbergh says it is “not shoot a calendar about perfect bodies but to capture sensitivity and emotion, laying bare the souls of the women in the images, rendering them more naked than a nude.”