We aren’t strangers to Serena Williams’s powerhouse physique, however, the newly released photo of her appearance in the 2016 Pirelli calendar is one for the record books.
Williams (April) will appear in the calendar along with 12 other women, including financial guru, Mellody Hobson (June), and “Selma” director, Ava Duvernay (July).
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The images were taken by world renowned photographer, Annie Leibovitz, who agreed to the project when Pirelli revealed that they were looking to make a shift in the 2016 edition of their calendar.
“Pirelli gave me that freedom. They said they want to do a departure. The idea was to not have any pretense and to be very straight-forward and show these women exactly like who they are,” said Annie.
Known for featuring pin-up models and nudity, Pirelli has successfully published 42 editions of their calendar. The 43rd edition, however, will will be the first featuring women for their accomplishments, rather than their sexuality.
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