Skip navigation
41099 Visits Today

2009 Pirelli Calendar with video

image The 2009 Pirelli Calendar has taken a greener angle. Photo Gallery

The world's most exclusive calendar has gone native for 2009.

And it's not just about the girls.

This time the Pirelli Calendar has been planned, photographed and printed as reminder of the many challenges to the world's ecology.

There are still girls with minimal clothing, but photographer Peter Beard says he went to Botswana - and the Okavango River delta and Kalahari Desert - to give people a reminder of what is happening in the world.

"My real concern is the destruction of nature on a global scale. We've totally lost track of what evolution is based on, and how important diversity is in nature," says Beard.

"This concept is the very foundation of survival."

The calendar has been printed for the first time on natural, lead-free paper to minimise its environmental impact and, as well, Pirelli says it is contributing to the creation and protection of a forested area in Costa Rica. The plan, in conjunction with a group called LifeGate, is to offset the C02 generated by the production and printing of the calendar.

The models for the 2009 Pirelli Calendar are as beautiful as always, for a day chart produced since the 1960s, with Daria Werbowy of Canada, Emanuela de Paula and Isabeli Fontana from Brazil, Lara Stone and Rianne Ten Haken from Holland, Malgosia Bela of Poland and Italy's Mariacarla Boscono posing for the pictures.

Even so, Beard has managed to shoot them with animals and landscapes to give a very natural feel.

The Pirelli Calendar is so exclusive because only 10,000 copies are printed each year - with only 238 being shipped to Australia this year - and it cannot be bought.

The calendar is only ever given away, with the mailing list held as a closely-guarded secret.


Comments on this story

Displaying 3 of 6 comments

  • The pictures are bizarre because beautiful models are rarely photographed in the jungle with wild animals in circumstances they're not at ease with. However the blending of wild and sexy against a stunning background is spectacular.

    J Foskett Posted on 16 January 2009 12:02pm
  • That meer cat wasn't wearing any trousers.. Disgusting. I feel like a mango.

    David Robert of Melbourne Posted on 15 January 2009 3:15pm
  • The process of making anything even remotely artsy looks bizarre to any bystander, only those looking through the lense witness the beauty of the shot. The finished product will speak for itself.

    Dave Cooper Posted on 15 January 2009 11:39am
  • I think the calendar will be bizarre. It just doesn't make any sense what they are doing, and they look like they are in Africa making a mess of their lives. I'm surprised the elephants didn't kill them in the last scenes from the video.

    Jimmy of Cranbourne Posted on 14 January 2009 5:25pm
  • I found the calendar both beautiful and artistic but was distracted by the sheer uncertainty of the circumstances the models were in...maybe this was the aim of the and earth is fragile!

    Lyndel Tasovac of Perth Posted on 14 January 2009 12:20am
  • This calendar is beautifully wild and natural. Reminding us of the diversity of our world.

    andy oldland of Perth Posted on 12 January 2009 11:16pm
Read all 6 comments

Add your comment on this story

Indicates required

We welcome your comments on this story. Comments are submitted for possible publication on the condition that they may be edited. Please provide your full name. We also require a working email address - not for publication, but for verification. The location field is optional.

Share your feedback