Nicole Kidman, Helen Mirren and Lupita Nyong’o Featured in Pirelli’s 2017 Calendar

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The 2017 Pirelli calendar was unveiled in Paris on Tuesday (Nov. 29, 2016). The 44th edition of the calendar features artistic photos of stars like Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, Robin Wright, Helen Miren and Uma Thurman.

Next year’s edition was created by German photographer Peter Lindbergh, who is now the only photographer to produce the calendar for the third time. Lindbergh previously produced the 1996 and 2002 editions. This year, the photographer chose actresses that played an important role in his life and aimed to capture the beauty of their emotions.

“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,” Lindbergh said. “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.”

Lindbergh got as close as possible to the actresses to take his photos, aiming to free women from society’s expectations of eternal youth. “The ideal of perfect beauty promoted by society is something that simply can’t be attained,” he said.

Check out the gallery above to see a preview of the calendar.