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Amy Schumer and Serena Williams are just two of the enviable list of women who have posed for an up and coming 2016 calendar. 

The Pirelli calendar, which is notorious for using nude models for each month, is enjoying a much needed revamp this year. 

For the first time, the shots were taken by legendary photographer Annie Liebovitz and feature inspiring women mostly with their clothes ON.  

“When Pirelli approached me, they said they wanted to make a departure from the past. They suggested the idea of photographing distinguished women,” said Liebovitz.

“After we agreed on that, the goal was to be very straightforward. I wanted the pictures to show the women exactly as they are, with no pretence.”

However, there are still one or two months that feature a tasteful, semi nude shot for 2016 but this time the nudity has a purpose. 

In the case of Serena Williams, the tennis superstar is photographed from behind pushing a wall and the snap articulates her sheer physical strength and power. 

Liebovitz noted that Amy Schumer's nude was a little bit more tongue in cheek. 


"The Amy Schumer portrait added some fun. It’s as if she didn’t get the memo saying that she could keep her clothes on."

That's SO Amy. 

We absolutely commend the 43rd version of the calendar for abandoning it's nude models in favour of women of achievement and it already looks like something we would hang on our wall. 



Every year, Pirelli asks twelve of the world's most beautiful women to appear in their much-talked-about calendar. 

The calendar is usually a collection of provocative portraits released annually by the Italian tire manufacturer.

While invitations have historically been reserved for supermodels and fashion icons, the first star set to appear in the 2016 edition is American sports legend, Serena Williams.

The tennis pro took to Twitter today to announce the exciting news.

The calendar is famous for its sexy edge and tasteful touch of nudity, was shot in July and will be released in its entirety come November.

Joining the ranks of so many supers, Serena has achieved Pirelli girl status just as Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid and Joan Smalls have in the past.