The Pirelli Calendar is a weird annual tradition, born from the Italian tire company Pirelli. Once just a simple girly calendar that was to be hung in garage shops, the kitschy calendar has been elevated to high art — thanks to the involvement of fancy photographers and fashion supermodels. Last years? It was soooooo racy we had to put a double NSFW on it (naked Kate Moss! Milla Jovovich’s boobs!). But this year? Photographer Steve McCurry focused on the transformation in Brazil. There are still tons of sexy girls, but he put them in significantly more clothes — and included several shots of daily life. And he included a shot of a very pregnant and sexy Adriana Lima. Yes, she’s still a supermodel and everything, but it’s nice to see a kind of different body featured.
So what’s the difference between saying that the 2012 Pirelli calendar features a boatload of naked models looking smoking hot, and saying the 2012 Pirelli calendar features a crapton of nude models looking friggin’ sexy? Well, according to the art historian Kenneth Clark:
To be naked is to be deprived of our clothes, and the word implies some of the embarrassment most of us feel in that condition. The word “nude,” on the other hand, carries, in educated usage, no uncomfortable overtone. The vague image it projects into the mind is not of a huddled and defenseless body, but of a balanced, prosperous, and confident body: the body re-formed.
And all this is to say that though they may look naked, the girls in the 2012 Pirelli calendar — shot by Mario Sorrenti — are nude. But you don’t really care, do you? You just want to see what Kate Moss looks like without all of her clothes on. Well, fine, so do we. But beware, this gallery is full of boobs (so many boobs!), is pretty full frontal, and entirely NSFW.