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Older models and actresses are ‘it’, according to the latest Pirelli calendar. But we knew that anyway. Charlotte Rampling, Julianne Moore, Helen Mirren, Uma Thurman, Robin Wright; all appear in the 2017 edition of the famous calendar, photographed by Peter Lindbergh. I like it now the women keep their clothes on and I like what the man from Pirelli ( Mr Tronchetti Provera) says, “In an aging society, we cannot get rid of age. We have to live with it, in a positive way.”


Read the New York Times feature HERE.

20 thoughts on “Peter Lindbergh’s Pirelli Calendar 2017

  1. Agree with Jodie, Kay Montano (of ThandieKay.com) told me once, you get to 40 IF YOU’RE LUCKY… so we’re privileged to get older. A lot of women (and met) dont get to live even to 40, never mind 60 70 or 80. That said I don’t love these pics. I ADORE Lindbergh but I feel there is a bit of vitality mising in some of these. Maybe because they’re still and not moving like the Italian Vogue pics. Anyway I know that’s not the point. Well done Pirelli for showing accomplished women looking sophisticated and cool regardless of age.

  2. Is it not that Lindbergh is old too?
    Perhaps the older we get the more we appreciate the beauty of older people? I hope it is a shift in attitude but it’s going to take a lot more than an annual calender for the elite to do it.
    Lovely photos none the less although I had to chuckle at “Nicole Kidmans features slightly furrowed”. Seriously?

  3. This calendar has been “talked” about all morning long on all of my social media feeds. Some are saying that the calendar won’t be available to all. I know they do limit the run, but I want one! Any ideas how to get?

  4. Not crazy about the pics of Julianne and Charlotte-way to make lovely women look rough! LOVE the pic of Nicole- she looks older and happier. This the “secret” to ageing: it is not something to fear, like some kind of disease, it is something to embrace. Thanks a lot, Mr Tronchettit Provera, but no thanks! The more you worry about ageing, the more it shows- on your face more than anywhere else.

  5. “Portraying women older than 40 in a way that stresses their accomplishments over their fleshier aspects is part of a corporate decision “to keep a closer eye on the society, to perceive current trends and express them,” he said.”

    Then why aren’t they fully dressed with a focus on their faces? I read an English columnist who said these images were not empowering. I agree.

  6. Love the idea… love Peter Lindbergh… just don’t love the pics. They seem flat and joyless… and do not convey the true spirit of these
    beautiful and amazing women. As a professional makeup artist of 25+ years as well as a stylist I most enjoy working onset with photographers to best capture that inner essence that exudes from a women ….

  7. I love Peter Lindbergh, and these photographs are a celebration of womanhood, as some of your readers said I to feel privileged to have reached the grand age of 52! I have decided to embrace ageing, and I think Peter did this beautifully!

  8. I really like the photographs and the whole older women being featured in the most prestigious glamour calendar in the world. I do take issue with the assertion that they’re all bare faced, though, when they’re quite clearly not.

  9. I agree with the comment above which finds the shots “gloomy.” They are compelling, though. And kind of remind me of those famous shots taken during the dust bowl era in the United States. Gritty, harsh, but moving, somehow. Not sure if I like them or not, but I can’t stop looking at them.
    In the NYT article there is a link to Sandra Howard’s article in the Daily Mail and the debate of using older models is furthered. I smiled when the writer in the NYT article refers to a Dolce and Gabbana ad which features a pair of “wizened nonnas.” They aren’t wizened, just older. And maybe they aren’t even nonnas. Do we all have to be grandmothers once we’re over the age of 60?
    Oh…somebody just stop me…I could natter on about this all day!

  10. Happy to see this and perhaps next time they’ll hire a female photographer. I’m surprised that in women’s mags especially, most photographers are still men and the writers more often are women. Lindbergh is wonderful, but let’s really shake things up. One of my favorite mags, Cherry Bombe (food, fashion and culture) intentionally puts as many women behind the issue as in it.

  11. I, too, find these pictures rather gloomy. And, I certainly would not want to look at these dreary pictures ( of otherwise beautiful ) women every day. These women do not look like they are celebrating or embracing age. The premise is wonderful but the presentation missed the mark.

  12. Gloomy? Really? It is photos like these I would want on my photo wall….authentic, real and compelling.
    Amazing work.

  13. So surprised at the discomforts expressed above with these photographs. I think they’re fabulous. Haven’t seen one yet I don’t like. At age 71 the purpose of photo-portraits (even selfies) is NOT to look as pore-less, wrinkle-less, and flawless as possible. I no longer aspire to look younger than I am or more carefree than I feel. I just want to be present in that moment. Maybe I’ve finally grown up. Or will soon.

  14. Yes! Let’s show women of age with wrinkles and flaws. Absolutely! But, photographing them without smiles, however slight, does not make them look attractive. These are not pictures of women from the depression, or in poverty, nor abused but beautiful, successful women with full lives. Let’s celebrate that!

  15. Getting old is not a curse. My grandmother said her best years were in her 60’s and 70’s. I am 63 and a 27 year cancer survivor. I thank God every day for the days he’s blessed me with. I’m happily married, we’ve raised a lovely daughter and have a wonderful son in law. I had my dad until two years ago when he passed away at 91 and still have my mother (she’s 89 lives in her own home on 5 acres, is still active and still drives). I’m not independently wealthy and my weight is no where near thin anymore but I know I am blessed and am thankful. What’s not to love.

  16. I think it is because they are (mostly) not smiling that makes it feel gloomy. Personally, this is rather intriguing. I especially like the photo of Helen Mirren – compare it with the wonderful statue of Countess Uta Eckhardt on Nuremberg Cathedral, circa 1245. Women always more interesting when not aiming to please or getting it all out for the lads. Rather be old than dead.

  17. While it’s great that the photos aren’t scrubbed, I suspect that many of these women have had some sort of work done on themselves. So, not completely natural.

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