Jul 20, 2017 9:25PM

Tim Walker Shot An All-Black Pirelli Calendar And The Results Are Immaculate

The Pirelli calendar has come a long way from its days of featuring very good, albeit very white, bums and boobs. The 2016 edition favoured brains over bodies, with photographs of smart ladies like Tavi Gevinson and Patti Smith; and the 2017 edition explored nakedness more conceptually, through the vulnerability and eventual strength that comes from natural, real and unretouched bodies.
The most recent edition, shot by magician Tim Walker, has not fallen below the bar. Tim has approached the calendar with a sense of weird and whimsy, twisting an Alice in Wonderland reference into something very special. And, most importantly, the cast is entirely people of colour and completely diverse in terms of age/occupation/reason for fame — featuring Whoopie Goldberg, Naomi Campbell, RuPaul, Adwoa Aboah, Sasha Lane Lupita Nyong'o, and so many more talents.
It's the first time Pirelli have explicitly cast only black legends since 1987 and, considering Tim is a white man, there was a high chance that this decision could come off as token. But the results of the casting combined with narrative are truly magical, despite the shitty reality that Pirelli couldn't recall and recruit a mega POC fashion photographer.
Photos: Alessandro Scotti for Pirelli

Hayley Morgan