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The 2018 Pirelli calendar stars Lupita, Ru, Adowa and 14 more artists of colour
Photography: Tim Walker / Pirelli
If last year’s Pirelli calendar was an ode to all that is “stripped back and laid bare” (see: Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz et all photographed in black and white with no make-up), the 2018 Cal is a journey down a (literal) rabbit-hole to Opposite Land.
Photographer Tim Walker took an all black cast of 17 actors, models and musicians on a journey through his interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. It’s a riotous, surrealist romp through the classic tale that casts up-and-comers and mega-stars alike as various characters from Lewis Carroll’s stories: RuPaul as the Queen of Hearts, Whoopi Goldberg as the Royal Duchess etc etc.
This shoot was styled by British Vogue’s new EIC Edward Enninful, and along with big names like Naomi Campbell and Lil Yachty, also features not-quite-household names like South African model Refilwe Modiselle, who has albinism.
And, yes, this is Lupita’s second straight year featuring in the iconic calendar that just marked its 45th edition.