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Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Alicia Vikander pose for 2017 Pirelli calendar

Italian tire company"s annual high-profile calendar tries to focus on more character, less skin

2016.08.29 06:30

 Pirelli unveiled a star-studded lineup Sunday for its 2017 calendar that looks more like the ultimate Oscar red carpet than the stuff of salacious pinups.

Among the subjects for the tire companys annual art item are actresses Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore, Robin Wright, Rooney Mara, Lupita Nyongo, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Chastain, Lea Seydoux, Zhang Ziyi and Charlotte Rampling.

The youngest model, Alicia Vikander, is 27; the eldest, Helen Mirren, is 71.

German photographer Peter Lindbergh, who also shot Pirellis trade calendar in 1996 and 2002, has been influential in shifting its concept from titillation toward a more cerebral sex appeal.

This calendar features more character and less skin; it includes more T-shirts and turtlenecks, with fewer bikinis.

Lindbergh tells Vogue magazine his visual theme is "that talent is more important than a great body."

The calendar, first published in 1963, is known for its exclusivity and cant be purchased. Its given as a gift to limited number of customers and celebrities. Models who have posed in previous years include Amy Schumer, Hilary Swank, Kate Moss and Yoko Ono.

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