Are Women In Hollywood Finally Being Allowed To Age?

The first images from the 2017 Pirelli calendar have been released, and, according to photographer Peter Lindbergh, they’re more “nude” than ever before. Lindbergh has stripped his models, including actresses Helen Mirren, 71, Charlotte Rampling, 70, Julianne Moore, 55, Robin Wright, 50, Uma Thurman, 46, Nicole Kidman, 49 and Kate Winsley, 41, not of their clothes, but down to their “very souls”. It’s “another kind of naked,” he declares, one “more important than body parts”.

Lindberg, who also shot academic Anastasia Ignatova, professor of Political Theory at Moscow State University of International Relations, for the calendar, encouraged the actresses to pose without make-up, and opted to forgo airbrushing entirely. “The goal of the calendar is to show the real woman,” he said. “Not to show the stretched and manipulated, emptied women you see in the magazines today.”

He aimed “to create a calendar not around perfect bodies, but on sensitivity and emotion, stripping down to the very soul of the sitters, who thus became more nude than naked,” he said. “In a time when women are represented in the media and everywhere else as ambassadors of perfection and youth, I thought it was important to remind everyone that there is a different beauty. More real and truthful and not manipulated by commercial or any other interests, a beauty which speaks about individuality, courage to be yourself and your own private sensibility.”

Kate Winslet asked Peter to focus on the backs of her hands, “because, aged 40, I can see how different they are from when I was 30 and when I was 20 and I love looking at that,” she said. “I don’t want people to change how I look. People are constantly trying to make us look a softer version of 40 or a more youthful, fresher version of 50. Isn’t it OK to just be 40, or 50, or 60?”

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