Pirelli's Standout Model Moments

Pirelli's Standout Model Moments

Every year since 1964 (save eight years in the ‘70s), Italian tire company Pirelli has commissioned a calendar full of modeling’s biggest names. Historically, the likes of supermodels Iman, Cindy Crawford, Shalom Harlow, Stella Tennant, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, and more have headlined each month. Photography legends Bruce Weber, Inez and Vinoodh, Patrick Demarchelier, and Herb Ritts are but a few of the many that have lensed the pin ups, and brought their own unique vision of sensuality. In the past, the emphasis has been on what model is not wearing, but that hasn’t kept stylists from making their own sartorial statements. Just last year, Carine Roitfeld made latex her fabric of choice, placing models in latex shorts, corsets, and bodysuits.

For 2016, though, Pirelli goes in a whole new direction. The 43rd edition focuses on “distinguished women”—a term used by this year’s photographer Annie Leibovitz. Featured ladies include Serena Williams, Amy Schumer, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Natalia Vodianova, Tavi Gevinson, Ava Duvernay, Yao Chen, and more.

While we herald a new era of Pirelli, we can’t help but take one last look back at some of our favorite model moments throughout the decades. Click through the slideshow above to see just a few.

SERENA WILLIAMS

PATTI SMITH

AMY SCHUMER

YAO CHEN

NAOMI CAMPBELL BY PATRICK DEMARCHELIER, 2005

SHALOM HARLOW BY BRUCE WEBER, 1998

CLICK TO SEE SLIDESHOW IMAN BY NORMAN PARKINSON, 1985

KATE MOSS BY MERT AND MARCUS, 2006

PENELOPE CRUZ BY INEZ AND VINOODH, 2007

CINDY CRAWFORD BY HERB RITTS, 1994

GIGI HADID BY STEVEN MEISEL, 2015

CANDICE HUFFINE BY STEVEN MEISEL, 2015

ANNA EWERS BY STEVEN MEISEL, 2015

AMY SCHUMER BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ, 2016

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