2018 Pirelli Calendar turns to 'Alice' and all-black cast for inspiration

By CARSIFU | 13 November 2017

NEW YORK: Every year, the Pirelli Calendar or The Cal is eagerly awaited for its artistic expression and the stories they tell through the use of celebrities.

The trend continues with British literature Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland  becoming the theme for the 2018 calendar.

For the 45th calendar edition, shot in London last May, British photographer Tim Walker applied his style of extravagant sets and romantic motifs, to revisit Alice and feature an all-black ensemble.


Alice has been told so many times”, Tim Walker said at the calendar reveal here last Friday, “and I think I wanted to go back to the genesis of the imagination behind Lewis Carroll so that you could tell it from the very beginning again. I wanted to find a different and original angle”.

To convey his idea of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Walker portrayed a cast of 18 personalities, both established and upcoming, including musicians, actors, models, and political activists. In Walker’s calendar, they become 28 shots consisting of 20 different and extraordinary sets for a unique Alice.


It features Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech, Ghanaian-British fashion model and feminist activist Adwoa Aboah, Senegalese-German model Alpha Dia, Beninese-American actor and model Djimon Hounsou, South Sudanese-Australian model Duckie Thot, Gambian women’s rights activist Jaha Dukureh, British model King Owusu, American rapper and singer Lil Yachty, Mexican-Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o, British supermodel and actress Naomi Campbell, American actor, television personality and singer/songwriter RuPaul, American actress Sasha Lane, American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs, American model Slick Woods, South African model and lawyer Thando Hopa, American actress, comedian, author and television host Whoopi Goldberg, British model Wilson Oryema and British fashion stylist, designer and singer Zoe Bedeaux.

All together they form an all-black cast, for the second time after the 1987 Pirelli Calendar in which British photographer Terence Donovan shot five black women, including a then 16-year-old Naomi Campbell and model, writer and activist Waris Dirie.

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