Annie Leibovitz's 2016 Pirelli calendar ditches nude models for Amy Schumer, Serena Williams and Yoko Ono

Serena Williams in topless version of the shot she posed for in Vogue.

Serena Williams in topless version of the shot she posed for in Vogue. Photo: Annie Leibovitz/ Pirelli

Pirelli calendars have famously featured nude photographs of the world's top supermodels since the '80s. 

But next year's calendar breaks from tradition, instead featuring a diverse range of distinguished women chosen for their "professional, social, cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment", including Amy Schumer, Serena Williams, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith and Tavi Gevinson. And, in a move sure to skew the gender breakdown of sales this year, no full nudes.

Schumer, who posed topless holding a coffee like the boss she is, shared the picture on twitter with the caption "Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman."

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That concept was not planned and was simply the coffee Schumer was drinking on set.

It is the second Pirelli calendar shot by portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz. Ironically, the 2000 edition she worked on was the first time she had ever shot nudes professionally. 

Next year's edition also features a topless Serena Williams in warrior pose, Patti Smith in her trademark boots and vest, Yoko Ono looking fierce in a top hat and social commentator Fran Lebowitz smoking in an oversized blazer.

In a statement, Leibovitz said she wanted the pictures to show the women "exactly as they are, with no pretense".

"The goal was to be very straightforward," she said.

According to i-D, Leibovitz didn't let anyone from Pirelli attend the shoot: "Literally, bless Pirelli's heart, I didn't let anyone in the studio from Pirelli".

Rookie editor-in-chief, Tavi Gevinson, said she hoped Pirelli would not return to its traditional approach next year.

"A white, able-bodied cis-gendered woman being naked is just not revolutionary anymore. I don't think anyone is going to be like, 'Damn, I wanted those naked chicks'."

With Bloomberg