The Pirelli Calendar — once known for its glamour model-style portraits — was first launched by the Italian tyre maker in 1964. Forty seven editions later and The Cal™ (as the calendar is also referred to as) has grown up and transitioned away from its original format into a snapshot of contemporary society and the perception of beauty in our times.
The 2020 calendar surrounds a “Looking for Juliet” theme and was aptly shot in Paris and Verona, where the romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet took place. Nine personalities from around the world were invited to sing, act and pose while embodying the love, strength, youth and of course, beauty, in one of Shakespeare’s most well-known female protagonists.
Lensed by legendary Italian fashion photographer Paolo Roversi, the calendar captures some familiar faces including high-profile actresses Emma Watson and Kristen Stewart, Chinese pop star Chris Lee, along with British actresses Claire Foy and Mia Goth, American actresses Yara Shahidi and Indya Moore, Spanish singer Rosalía Vila Tobella, and Franco-Italian artist Stella Roversi — who also happens to be Roversi’s daughter — portraying the many facets of Juliet’s character.
The official backstage photographs, shot by Alessandro Scotti, were recently released and showcases the leading ladies in action. To get a behind-the-scenes look before the calendar launches in October, click through the gallery below.
A version of this story was first published at Prestige Online Hong Kong.