Italian tiremaker Pirelli unveiled the 2023 edition of its renowned annual calendar today. Having invited the creative minds of Paolo Roversi, Tim Walker, Peter Lindbergh, and Inez and Vinoodh to photograph it in the past, this year, the company sought out Australian photographer Emma Summerton to curate her own interpretation of the calendar to be shot in NYC, the fifth woman to make her mark since it was first published in 1964. Titled “Love Letters to the Muse,” Summerton was inspired by all the women who have led her to be the artist and person she is today. The 2023 calendar features 14 models in 28 different images captured from Summerton’s realism and dream-like gaze. Working with casting director Piergiorgio Del Moro, each model was intentionally picked by the pair for roles based on what they represent, with Summerton’s intent to focus on “the borderline between the role that the models play and what they really are.” With an almost entirely women-led team on set, Summerton describes the feeling of specifically working alongside fashion director Amanda Harlech as a learning experience, incredible and emotional. The calendar’s pages feature Lila Moss as the seer, Guinevere Van Seenus as the photographer, Adwoa Aboah as the queen, Karlie Kloss as the tech savant, Sasha Pivovarova as the painter, Lauren Wasser as the athlete, Emily Ratajkowski as the writer, Cara Delevingne as the performer, Bella Hadid as the sprite, Kaya Wilkins as the musician, Precious Lee as the storyteller, He Cong as the sage, Adut Akech as the dream catcher, and Ashley Graham as the activist. With an exclusive preview of the images and film directed by Carlo Alberto Orecchia, Models.com spoke to Emma Summerton, Ashley Graham, and Lauren Wasser about what Pirelli means to them, the creative process of the shoot, and much more. The calendar will be presented tonight at the Pirelli HangarBicocca contemporary art museum in Milan and you can watch the film here.
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