Lara Stone and Kate Moss are just two of the superstars photographed for the 2012 Pirelli Calendar, the most coveted and drooled-over publication of the year.
The Italian tire company is celebrating its 39th year of the famous, limited-edition calendar given solely to VIPs.
The 2012 Pirelli Calendar, dubbed The Cal, was unveiled to media, the glitterati and collectors in New York at The Armory. The unveiling was coupled with an exclusive, black-tie VIP dinner.
Each year the calendar features some of the most famous and beautiful women in the world, including international supermodels and Hollywood hotties. This year, models include Lara Stone, Kate Moss, Isabeli Fontana, Natasha Poly and Milla Jovovich.
The 25-photo spread includes 18 black-and -whites and seven colored. At the helm of the calendar, is always a celebrated photographer.
This year, the calendar was shot by Mario Sorrenti in Corsica, an island in the Mediterranean Sea off the western coast of Italy. According to USA Today, Sorrenti is the first Italian photographer to shoot the illustrious spread.
Sorrenti is renowned for shooting classic and classy nude editorials. So it is no wonder the photographer was picked for 2012.
I always thought about taking clothes off as a way of getting closer to the individual and the person, and of getting something that was more honest and pure, he said.
He chose the rugged yet romantic terrain of Corsica as his landscape. The models and crew all stayed together in houses on the property. Sorrenti spent the morning with one girl and the evening with another, and we'd all have dinner together. His theme was swoon.
In swoon, I put the bodies in direct contact with Nature, which harbors them as if they were its extension, in a set of images where rocks, land, tree trunks, sky and sea are all turned into a backdrop for the bodies, said Sorrenti.
Yet, despite the nudity, he insists that the calendar is not sexy.
You know, originally I thought I was going to do very sexy pictures, and when we got there I realized that I didn't want the pictures to be sexy at all, he told Women's Wear Daily.
I meant that they're not 'obviously' sexy. I didn't want them to be posing and arching and like sticking their boobs in my face or anything like that. I thought that's what I wanted, that it would give the most immediate impact, but then I realized that wasn't important....I was trying to just really focus on them and the environment and let that blossom together somehow.