Amy Shumer with Pirelli calendar photographer Annie Leibovitz


The Pirelli calendar has been given a major revamp for 2016 - and we love it.

Since its advent in 1964, the annual publication has seen some of the world's hottest stars strip down to their skimpies.

The A-listers who have graced the pages of the trade calendar include Victoria's Secret stunners Alessandra Ambrosio, Doutzen Kroes and Adriana Lima plus supermodels like Heidi Klum, Kate Moss, Naomi Campell and Cindy Crawford.

Hilary Swank, Rachael Leigh Cook and Selma Blair are among the Hollywood heavyweights who have been featured.

But this year, Pirelli chose its cast list for reasons stretching further than just good looks.

Amy Schumer, Tavi Gevinson, Patti Smith Serena Williams and Yoko Ono are just a few of 2016's unexpected calendar girls.

The one model asked to take part is Natalia Vodianova but it's thought she was approached because of the work she's done for charity.

We couldn’t think of a more powerful line-up. Just brilliant.  

Yoko Ono gets made up for her Pirelli shoot

'This calendar is so completely different. It is a departure. The idea was not to have any pretense in these pictures and be very straightforward,' reveals Annie Leibovitz, who shot the calendar.

She continued: 'I started to think about the roles that women play, women who have achieved something. I wanted to make a classic set of portraits.

'I thought that the women should look strong but natural and I decided to keep it a very simple exercise of shooting in the studio.'

Translation: Anyone excepting to see a set of NSFW images is going to be in for a surprise.

2016 marks the first time the iconic photographer has hit the studio with Pirelli in well over a decade.

Mario Testino, Richard Avedon, Karl Lagerfeld and Steven Meisek are among those who've snapped the pages during Annie's 15-year hiatus.

It's not the first time that Pirelli has strayed away from their tried and tested formula.

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In 2005, Tyson Beckford became the first ever man to pose, while the 2015 edition saw a plus-sized model used.