Lupita Nyong´o. A name that represents strength, power and beauty if you have heard or read anything about the woman behind it. The award winning actress sprung quickly to fame after the premiere of 12 years a slave and she has ever since been a forceful voice for other women of colour and not been afraid to express her political views or hold back her true feelings about society’s image on what beauty is in a woman; a point of view she shares with Peter Lindbergh and several other big names in the entertainment industry.
Which leads us to the topic of the epochal Pirelli calendar (known for its super sexy shots of the biggest super model and celebrity names). The well-known photographer, Lindbergh, had a new interesting idea for the concept of this year’s calendar, and gathered Lupita and 13 other actresses to star in the shoot. “My aim is not to shoot a calendar about perfect bodies, but to capture sensitivity and emotion, laying bare the souls of the women in the images, rendering them more naked than a nude," Lindbergh said.
Lupita Nyong´o, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Vikander and 10 other girls were photographed for the calendar, named “Emotional”, which featured black and white, 100% unretouched photos of the beautiful women. "He brings out what I think is the best in me," – Lupita said behind the scenes of the shoot. And that certainly showed in the images of her wearing a sensual, black silk slip dress partly covered by a black, delicate coat.
Written and edited by ISABEL JÄRNSTRÖM
Visual editor RENATA CRUZ LARA