Word of a new Pirelli project came my way recently, and I love that for it, these “elite” ladies are being photographed au natural. Yes, part of me knows that they probably had facials, and undoubtedly have their own selection of skincare and preventative aging measures (in general, but also in preparation!) BUT. . . I still appreciate that they are being photographed withOUT the layers of makeup they usually are seen wearing. Refreshing.
Why would I bother mentioning it, especially given that I don’t follow celebrity media? Because a lot of ladies look up to the “stars.” Young ones, in particular… The faces in the spotlight matter – right or wrong (whatever your opinion) – to many. So it’s great to see them taking it all off to encourage people to love the skin they are in – no one should have to hide, and it is OKAY to be bare-faced.
Per photographer Peter Lindbergh and New Beauty:
“I wanted to use the 2017 calendar to convey a different kind of beauty,” said Lindbergh at a press launch in Paris. “Since it’s based on consumption, the present system offers a single kind of beauty, which is essentially one of youth and perfection, since its objective is to get people to consume. But this idea of beauty has nothing to do with the real world or with women. Through the Pirelli Calendar I’ve tried to convey a different message, which is that beauty is far more than what advertising offers us today. My aim was therefore to portray women in a different way: and I did this by calling in actresses who’ve played an important role in my life, getting as close as possible to them to take my photos.”
While I wish this kind of encouragement was more prevalent, I am thankful for any of it at all – it’s important, in a world of false pretense and facades (grazie, social media!) that people realize a pretty face often has a lot more going on to make it APPEAR that way. Let’s remember that we are human beings – we have dynamic wrinkles because we are alive and laughing! Our skin sometimes has little spots because we see the sun from time to time. We aren’t plastic, and flawless…and there’s nothing wrong with that. We don’t have to live up to “perfect” (someone else’s term and standard, probably!) all the time…or even, how about this…? EVER.
Thank you, Pirelli, for the calendar…and for supporting “us” as we are.