The Pirelli 2016 Calendar shot by Annie Leibovitz is here!

 Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono

Annie Leibovitz has managed to capture beautiful, honest, and provocative moments through photography. There's more to her prolific portfolio than profiling famous subjects.  Leibovitz takes over and modernizes the Pirelli calendarin Londonfor 2016 focusing on distinguished women of all ages.

Leibovitz shot classic black and white portraits of 13 women from various industries who were chosen for the calendar. Natalia Vodianova, Serena Williams, Fran Lebowitz, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith and Amy Schumer are among the thirteen.

 Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz

“I think that Pirelli has been wanting to do this for a few years, to shift,” she said, adding, “I love to take something that you wouldn’t expect and make something out of it. I’m not afraid of that.”

“When Pirelli first came to me and said they wanted to shift this year to something different, I said that after all these years of the Pirelli calendar, and what it has been, I don’t think you can shift it that fast. I don’t think you can suddenly do something else,” said Liebovitz.

“I’m very very proud of it, and I’m proud of Pirelli for taking that step, too — it’s such a big step,” Leibovitz said. “It shouldn’t be — but it is.

The 43rd calendar was launched at a news conference in London’s Mayfair.

 Serena Williams

Serena Williams

Being a black girl put into this, I hope that I would represent something iconic, something that people would really like to be, and people would really like to do. People can really relate to me because I don’t hide who I am. Annie definitely shot something in me that not only do I like, but I love, it shows a different side. I love being one of the first, one of the pioneers, and I think it’s really exciting to be inspiring to other people.
— Serena Williams
I am happy with the new direction. Today, society is moving toward embracing all kinds of women and empowering them further to do more, to say more, to be stronger and I’m very happy for the Pirelli calendar that it is going in that same direction.
— Natalia Vodianova
 Natalia Vodianova

Natalia Vodianova