Sep 24, 2015 1:18AM

Behind The Scenes On The Pirelli 2016 Calendar

Feat. Tavi, Yoko, Patti and more.

From Tavi Gevinson to Patti Smith, this year's Pirelli calendar is full of amazing ladies who are doing great things in life. Legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz has taken a fresh approach to the "calendar girls" concept, selecting women from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages and professions.

"I started to think about the roles that women play, women who have achieved something," said Annie of her casting decisions. "I wanted to make a classic set of portraits. I thought that the women should look strong but natural and I decided to keep it a very simple exercise of shooting in the studio. This calendar is so completely different. It is a departure. The idea was not to have any pretense in these pictures and be very straightforward." 

Starring in this year's Pirelli calendar are: girl hero/media mogul Tavi Gevinson, Iranian artist Shrin Nesha, model/activist Natalia Vodianova, producer Kathleen Kennedy, actor Yao Chen, tennis star/Drake's ladyfriend Serena Williams, the inimitable Yoko Ono, businesswoman Mellody Hobson, author Fran Lebowitz, filmmaker Ava Duvernay, philanthropist Agnes Gund, living legend Patti Smith and comedian Amy Schumer. What a line-up.

While we have to wait a little while longer to see the actual calendar, we've just gotten our hands on these great behind-the-scenes photos. Click through to see Fran looking normcore, Yoko ruling at life, and Tavi being the biggest babe ever. <3

Photography: Courtesy of Pirelli

Nadia Bailey