Nicole Kidman and other celebs go makeup-free for Pirelli’s 2017 calendar

It’s not officially the holiday season until the Pirelli calendar comes out and we all try to figure out just how empowering a calendar full of women really is. It’s sort of a new feminist tradition, ever since Annie Liebowitz decided to make the annual calendar all about celebrating women as something other than sex objects. For what it’s worth, the 2017 Pirelli calendar featuring stars with no makeup lives up to the hype.

Photographer Peter Lindbergh decided he wanted to show “true beauty,” which means Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Charlotte Rampling, Léa Seydoux, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright, and Zhang Ziyi all posed without makeup, or at least very stripped down. They photos are allegedly not retouched, either.

Lindbergh said at a press conference in Paris that he wanted to “create a calendar not around perfect bodies, but on sensitivity and emotion.” The women were into it too, which I can totally understand, since doing hair and makeup can be a total pain in the ass. Moore said she showed up with wet hair and a plain face thinking she would spend hours in the chair. “And he said, ‘No, no, no, you are perfect,'” Moore said in the promo video.

It takes “I woke up like this” to a whole new level.

Lindbergh said, “In the time when women are represented in the media, in every way else, as ambassadors of perfection and youth, I thought it was important to remind everyone that there is a different beauty, more real and truthful, and not manipulated by commercial or any other interests. That is important, no?”

He added, “Beauty that speaks about individuality, courage to be yourself, and your very own sensibility. That’s my definition of a woman today. That is the goal of the calendar, to show that woman and not the stretched and manipulated [woman often shown in the media].”

The calendar is only given to clients of Pirelli, so you won’t be able to put one up on your wall unless your into super expensive racing cars and own a Ferrari, but it’s also kind of nice to know that really rich (probably) white dudes aren’t getting the NSFW calendar of nude women that they’ve been shilling for decades, but something a little more thought provoking — and more beautiful.

Actually, they aren’t all models and actresses, either. One of the women, Anastasia Ignatova, is a professor of political theory at Moscow State Institute. According to CNN, Lindbergh met her at a dinner party and was “struck by her face and outstanding beauty.”

All the photos are breathtaking, and I really wish I could get my hands on a calendar this year. Also, how do I get this guy to come to my house and take my selfies for me?