Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Tits and Tires: The Pirelli Calendar from 1964 to Today

The famed Pirelli calendar, a tradition dating back to 1964, was unveiled today in Brazil–the setting for this year’s calendar shot by photojournalist Steve McCurry.

For a calendar that’s become famous for its steamy nudes and titillating full-frontals, McCurry’s work is definitely a departure. In an effort to make this year’s “a ‘calendar of the soul,’” McCurry kept all the women clothed–which leaves viewers to focus on more important things, like the NGOs and humanitarian projects each model is supporting.

But while 2013 definitely has a different vibe than recent scantily-clad years, it’s not as much a departure from the Pirelli legacy as you might think. Begun in 1964, the calendar started out rather chaste, evolving over the years to include more and more skin exposure–with some weird exceptions along the way. Like, for instance, 1988′s calendar, shot by Barry Lategan, which saw one model dressed in a tire print body suit in a scene that looks straight out of a Dali painting.

Click through for highlights from the calendar from every year since 1964 until now. They’re full of beautiful women and exotic locales–and sometimes a tire tread or two.

Oh, and lots and lots of T&A. (Seriously. LOTS. We warned you.)

Paula Jai Parker Sydney Moon

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