This calendar was 'famous' for objectifying women’s bodies. They chose to celebrate their accomplishments instead.
Serena Williams poses for a revamped Pirelli calendar.

The annual Pirelli calendar is the kind of cultural artifact that once perhaps belonged on the desks of Don Draper wannabes, well-suited one-percenters who only half-jokingly refer to their significant others as “trophy wives.”

The calendar, produced by an Italian tire manufacturer and distributed exclusively to their wealthy clients and special VIPs, is famed for its artful nude photographs of models like Sienna Miller and Naomi Campbell, meant largely to service the male gaze.

However, in 2015, makers of the Pirelli calendar realized that women are not just empty, decorative vessels on which they could project their most base desires.

No: The new calendar showcases women’s talent instead.

Photographed by Annie Leibovitz, this year’s Pirelli calendar features images of Serena Williams, Iranian artist Shirin Neshat, actress Amy Schumer, and Selma director Ava DuVernay, among many others—most of whom, by the way, appear clothed.

And while some of the women did pose naked, or half-naked, they’re posed not to seduce the camera but to challenge it instead, their eyes defiant, or turned away from it entirely, like Williams’.

“When Pirelli approached me, they said they wanted to make a departure from the past. They suggested the idea of photographing distinguished women,” Leibovitz said in the press release.

“After we agreed on that, the goal was to be very straightforward. I wanted the pictures to show the women exactly as they are, with no pretense. I’m a great admirer of comediennes. The Amy Schumer portrait added some fun. It’s as if she didn’t get the memo saying that she could keep her clothes on.”

In interviews with The New York Times, some of the 2016 models said they were surprised when they received calls to pose for the famously provocative calendar.

“I thought it was a joke,” said writer Fran Lebowitz, who posed for the month of May.

This article originally appeared on GOOD.


When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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