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The Pirelli Calendar is a trade calendar published by the Pirelli company's UK subsidiary. It has become an annual publication that dates back to 1964.

The calendar is famous for its limited availability because it is not sold and is only given as a corporate gift to a restricted number of important Pirelli customers and celebrity VIPs. The Pirelli Calendar is perhaps the world's only prestigious and exclusive "girly" calendar, featuring pictures generally considered glamour photography including artistic nudes.

Publication was discontinued after the 1974 issue as an economising cut back in response to the world recession from the oil shock. It was resurrected 10 years later and has been published regularly since then.

Appearance on the calendar has become a mark of distinction for those photographic models that are chosen, as well as for the photographers commissioned to produce the images used. Over the years the supermodels and celebrities who have appeared have included Sienna Miller, Naomi Campbell, Eva Riccobono, Malgosia Bela, Gisele Bündchen, Emanuela de Paula, Sonny Freeman Drane, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Selma Blair, Lauren Bush, Elsa Benitez, Laetitia Casta, Rachael Leigh Cook, Milla Jovovich, Doutzen Kroes, Heidi Klum, Sophia Loren, Penélope Cruz, Brittany Murphy, Amy Smart, Julia Stiles, Karolina Kurkova, Caroline Trentini, Raica Oliveira, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Bridget Moynahan, Shannyn Sossamon, Mena Suvari, Monet Mazur, Aurelie Claudel, Fernanda Tavares, Isabeli Fontana, Frankie Rayder, Angela Lindvall, Hilary Swank and Yamila Díaz.

Photographers and locations

Year Photographer Location Models
1964 Robert Freeman Majorca, Spain
1965 Brian Duffy South of France
1966 Peter Knapp Al Hoceima, Morocco
1967 no calendar
1968 Harry Peccinotti Tunisia
1969 Harry Peccinotti Big Sur, California
1970 Francis Giacobetti Paradise Island, The Bahamas
1971 Francis Giacobetti Jamaica
1972 Sarah Moon Villa Les Tilleuls, Paris
1973 Brian Duffy London, England
1974 Hans Feurer Seychelles
1975-1983 no calendars
1984 Uwe Ommer Bahamas
1985 Norman Parkinson Edinburgh, Scotland
1986 Bert Stern the Cotswolds, England
1987 Terence Donovan Bath, England Ione Brown, Naomi Campbell, Collette Brown, Gillian De Turville, Waris Dirie
1988 Barry Lategan
(choreographed by Gillian Lynne)
London, England
1989 Joyce Tennyson the Polaroid Studios, New York
1990 Arthur Elgort Seville, Spain
1991 Clive Arrowsmith France
1992 Clive Arrowsmith Almería, Spain
1993 John Claridge Seychelles
1994 Herb Ritts Paradise Island, the Bahamas
1995 Richard Avedon New York, United States Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Farrah Summerford, Nadja Auermann
1996 Peter Lindbergh El Mirage, California, United States Kristen McMenamy
1997 Richard Avedon New York, United States Monica Bellucci
1998 Bruce Weber Miami, United States
1999 Herb Ritts Los Angeles, United States Elsa Benítez, Sophie Dahl, Laetitia Casta
2000 Annie Leibovitz Rhinebeck, New York City
2001 Mario Testino Naples, Italy Aurélie Claudel, Rhea Durham, Gisele Bündchen, Karen Elson, Mariana Weickert, Fernanda Tavares, Angela Lindvall, Ana Claudia Michels, Liisa Winkler, Noémie Lenoir and Frankie Rayder.
2002 Peter Lindbergh Hollywood, United States Amy Smart, Brittany Murphy, Julia Stiles, Rachael Leigh Cook, Erika Christensen, Selma Blair, Lauren Bush
2003 Bruce Weber Campania, Italy Sienna Miller, Eva Riccobono, Heidi Klum, Mariacarla Boscono, Isabeli Fontana, Valentina Stilla, Filippa Hamilton, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jessica Miller, Natalia Vodianova, Karolina Kurkova, Sophie Dahl, Bridget Hall, Lisa Seiffert, Yamila Díaz
2004 Nick Knight London, England Pollyanna McIntosh, Ai Tominaga
2005 Patrick Demarchelier Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Filippa Hamilton, Julia Stegner, Eugenia Volodina, Naomi Campbell, Isabeli Fontana, Michelle Buswell, Adriana Lima, Erin Wasson, Diana Dondoe, Liliane Ferrarezi, Marija Vujovic, Valentina Zelyaeva
2006 Mert Alas and
Marcus Piggot
Côte d'Azur Jennifer Lopez, Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen, Natalia Vodianova, Karen Elson, Guinevere van Seenius
2007 Inez van Lamsweerde and
Vinoodh Matadin
studio set Penélope Cruz, Sophia Loren, Lou Doillon, Hilary Swank, Naomi Watts
2008 Patrick Demarchelier Shanghai, China Agyness Deyn, Lily Donaldson, Doutzen Kroes, Catherine McNeil, Gemma Ward, Sasha Pivovarova, Coco Rocha, Caroline Trentini, Mo Wandan, Du Juan, Maggie Cheung
2009 Peter Beard Okavango Delta, Botswana Mariacarla Boscono, Daria Werbowy, Malgosia Bela, Randal Moore, Lara Stone, Emanuela de Paula, Isabeli Fontana
2010 Terry Richardson Trancoso, Bahia, Brazil Catherine McNeil, Enikő Mihalik, Ana Beatriz Barros, Miranda Kerr, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Daisy Lowe, Gracie Carvalho, Lily Cole, Marloes Horst, Georgina Stojiljković

References

  1. "The myth of the Pirelli Cal". Pirelli - Calendar. http://www.pirelli.com/web/media/communication/calendar/mito-cal/default.page. Retrieved December 12, 2007. ;
  2. "The Cal: a collection of masterpieces". Pirelli. http://www.pirelli.com/web/media/communication/calendar/default.page. Retrieved December 12, 2007. 
  3. Hargreaves, Steve (February 15, 2005). "Pinups for the auto elite". CNNMoney. http://money.cnn.com/2005/02/08/pf/autos/pirelli_calendar/. 

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Simple English

The Pirelli Calendar is a calendar (publication showing dates for the year) published by Pirelli company's UK subsidiary.

It started in 1964 and is now very famous because only a few calendars are published each year, and these are given to important people (VIPs) and Pirelli customers. The calendars have photographs of female models including nudes.

After 1974 publication of the calendar was stopped because there was not enough money after the oil crisis. Ten years later it was started again and has been published regularly ever since. Many famous models have been photographed for the calendar including: Sienna Miller, Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bündchen, Sonny Freeman Drane, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, Selma Blair, Lauren Bush, Elsa Benitez, Laetitia Casta, Rachael Leigh Cook, Milla Jovovich, Doutzen Kroes, Heidi Klum, Sophia Loren, Penélope Cruz, Brittany Murphy, Amy Smart, Julia Stiles, Karolina Kurkova, Caroline Trentini, Raica Oliveira, Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Bridget Moynahan, Shannyn Sossamon, Mena Suvari, Monet Mazur, Aurelie Claudel, Fernanda Tavares, Isabeli Fontana, Frankie Rayder, Angela Lindvall, Hilary Swank and Yamila Díaz.

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