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He Says These 'Pin-Up' Photos Defy Our Idea Of Beauty - You Might Not Agree

Every year, Italian tire manufacturer, Pirelli, comissions the production of an exclusive high-art pinup calendar.

Often featuring beautiful, curvaceous models and celebrities who are glammed up and scantily clad, the calendar is given as a gift to valuable Pirelli clients and VIPs. Only 33,000 are printed and they cannot be bought.

The 2017 calendar was photographed by the famed Peter Lindbergh. Rather than featuring youthful, perfectly made-up women in risqué poses, Lindbergh has chosen less sexualized poses and a more natural look.

The celebrities featured in this year's calendar include, but aren't limited to: Helen Mirren, Kate Winslet, Rooney Mara, Lupita Nyong'o, Julianne Moore, Penelope Cruz, Charlotte Rampling, and Jessica Chastain.

Lindbergh says that he wanted " to do something that is a cry against the terror of perfection and youth." I don't know about you, but these women look pretty perfect and youthful to me.

Uma ThurmanPirelli Calendar 2017

Pirelli Calendar 2017: Robin Wright

Pirelli Calendar 2017: Nicole Kidman

Pirelli Calendar 2017: Julianne Moore

The thing is, all of these women are beautiful, well-lit, expertly posed. Their photos were likely edited and carefully selected. They are actresses - chosen not just for their talent, but also for their exquisite bone structure, tall stature, and lithe bodies.

The images are emotional, elegant and soulful nudes. But to call them 'a cry against the terror of perfection' is a bit of a stretch.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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