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Pirelli launches covered-up 2017 calendar with top actresses

Associated Press logo Associated Press 11/30/2016 By THOMAS ADAMSON, Associated Press
Photographer Peter Lindbergh, left, shows his phone to Nicole Kidman, center, and Uma Thurman during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Photographer Peter Lindbergh, left, shows his phone to Nicole Kidman, center, and Uma Thurman during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

PARIS (AP) — Pirelli on Tuesday unveiled the 2017 edition of its famed calendar, which sees photographer Peter Lindbergh mature beyond snaps of semi-nude models and set his lens on Hollywood.

Photographer Peter Lindbergh, right, kisses actress Helen Mirren, left, as Uma Thurman looks on during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Photographer Peter Lindbergh, right, kisses actress Helen Mirren, left, as Uma Thurman looks on during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The calendar, entitled "Emotional" and launched in Paris, stars 14 Oscar-winning actresses featured in black-and-white close up, in clothed poses with invisible make-up.

Photographer Peter Lindbergh, Nicole Kidman, CEO Pirelli Group Marco Tronchetti Provera, Uma Thurman and Helen Mirren, from left to right, pose during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Photographer Peter Lindbergh, Nicole Kidman, CEO Pirelli Group Marco Tronchetti Provera, Uma Thurman and Helen Mirren, from left to right, pose during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The photos, while beautiful, show wrinkles, lines and imperfections.

Uma Thurman poses during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.(AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Uma Thurman poses during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016.(AP Photo/Francois Mori)

It's a dramatic move away from decades of risque shots that made the calendar, produced by the Italian tire manufacturer, one of the most recognizable in the world.

Photographer Peter Lindbergh and Nicole Kidman pose during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Photographer Peter Lindbergh and Nicole Kidman pose during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

A roll call of A-listers including Charlotte Rampling, Uma Thurman, Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman, Lea Seydoux, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Robin Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Rooney Mara, Zhang Ziyi and Jessica Chastain all agreed to go near-makeup-free for the grown-up shoots.

Actresses Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman and Helen Mirren, from left to right, pose during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Actresses Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman and Helen Mirren, from left to right, pose during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Speaking about his artistic choices, the German photographer said that he's "not so fond of high heels and bikinis" and wanted to capture the nakedness in the soul of the calendars stars, not their bodies.

Actress Helen Mirren, and CEO Pirelli Group Marco Tronchetti Provera pose during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Actress Helen Mirren, and CEO Pirelli Group Marco Tronchetti Provera pose during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

"In a time when women are represented in the media (as) perfection and truth, I thought it was important to remind people that there is a different beauty," Lindbergh said.

Uma Thurman blows a kiss as she poses during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Uma Thurman blows a kiss as she poses during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Mirren, 71, noted that the calendar's move toward less sexualized images of women — begun in last year's edition by Annie Leibovitz — marks "undoubtedly a cultural shift, a real opening up and a big change."

Actress Helen Mirren poses during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Actress Helen Mirren poses during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The 49-year-old Kidman added that the choice to forgo makeup and proudly look your age projects a good example of what natural beauty should be.

Photographer Peter Lindbergh, Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman and Helen Mirren, and CEO Pirelli Group Marco Tronchetti Provera, from left to right, pose during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Photographer Peter Lindbergh, Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman and Helen Mirren, and CEO Pirelli Group Marco Tronchetti Provera, from left to right, pose during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

"(It shows that) the courage to be yourself is the epitome of confidence and power," she said, adding that "my husband (singer Keith Urban) totally prefers me without makeup on."

Photographer Peter Lindbergh, right, poses with Helen Mirren, left and Uma Thurman during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh, in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press Photographer Peter Lindbergh, right, poses with Helen Mirren, left and Uma Thurman during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh, in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Thurman, with short swept-back dark hair, said that Lindbergh's vision was "beautiful ... wanting to free women from repressive and false standards."

CEO Pirelli Group Marco Tronchetti Provera, second left, poses with actresses, from left, Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman and Helen Mirren during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) © The Associated Press CEO Pirelli Group Marco Tronchetti Provera, second left, poses with actresses, from left, Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman and Helen Mirren during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Kidman, Thurman, Mirren and Rampling joined other celebrities at the gala launch of the Pirelli 2017 calendar Tuesday evening at director Luc Besson's Cite du Cinema in Saint Denis, one of Europe's most important film studios.

Nicole Kidman poses during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Nicole Kidman poses during a photocall to unveil the Pirelli 2017 calendar by Peter Lindbergh in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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