The famous Pirelli Calendar has evolved a lot over the years. Last year, Annie Leibovitz was given the freedom to take the calendar in a whole new direction and opted to show empowered women of all ages and shapes and in different fields.

This year they have taken a step further and decided to use ‘women of achievement.

Well-known photographer Peter Lindbergh took raw, unphotoshopped images (a project titled ‘Emotional’) of some of the most famous women in the world.

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The 2017 calendar, which is the 44th edition, decided to do a similar theme celebrating natural beauty and femininity according to ELLE. It features 40 images of 14 award-winning actresses, including:  Lupita Nyong'o, Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore , Charlotte Rampling, Léa Seydoux, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright, and Zhang Ziyi.

Check out some pictures and behind the scenes shots from the shoot here:


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