Last year Karl Lagerfeld did it. Now it’s up to Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti: The Pirelli calendar. It’s the most wanted calendar in the world, every man wants to have one, every model wants to be in it. The nude calendar is sophisticated and elegant. Read further for a sneak peek at the photos.
The Italian tyre company is celebrating its 39th year of the famous, limited-edition calendar given solely to VIPs. Photographers who shot the photos previously were Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Annie Leibovitz, Bruce Weber and Terry Richardson. The models who are featured in the 2012 Pirelli calendar are Saskia de Brauw, Kate Moss, Milla Jovovich, Lara Stone, Isabeli Fontana, Natasha Poly, Joan Smalls, Guinevere Van Seenus, Malgosia, Edita Vilkevicute, Margareth Made en Rinko Kikuchi. This years calendar theme was: ‘Swoon’.

Sorrenti said about the theme:

In ‘swoon’, I put the bodies in direct contact with Nature, which harbors them as if they were its extension, in a set of images where rocks, land, tree trunks, sky and sea are all turned into a backdrop for the bodies.

Mario Sorrenti shot twelve beautiful actresses and models in the raw yet romantic terrain of Corsica. Even though Pirelli is an Italian brand, Mario Sorrenti was the first Italian photographer to have shot the Pirelli calendar.

Sorrenti about the shoot:

I always thought about taking clothes off as a way of getting closer to the individual and the person, and of getting something that was more honest and pure.

Some of the models were very pleased with the photographer and were doling out compliments.

Mila Jovovich said:

Mario Sorrenti and I have been friends since we were both pretty much teenagers and it’s the most amazing thing to work with old friends that make you feel comfortable. He’s pretty much the only person I would take my clothes off for!

Kate Moss adds:

He adores women – he really loves the female form and everything about it.

Watch this behind the scene footage