At long last, Pirelli’s annual calendar has been revealed to the expectant masses, and it would be a grave understatement to say it doesn’t disappoint.
With a star-studded cast including Naomi Campbell, Sean “Diddy” Combs, RuPaul, Lupita Nyong’o, Whoopi Goldberg, Adwoa Aboah, Duckie Thot, Lil Yachty, and a slew of talented others, the calendar’s 2018 edition puts a modern twist on a classic tale: Alice in Wonderland.
Featuring an all-black cast, Pirelli depicts the new normal with its otherworldly images, shot by photographer Tim Walker.
“What you see in these images is the future, and the past,” Diddy explained during a press conference in N.Y.C. on Friday. “We were born Kings and Queens. Pirelli was smart enough to see the future, and this is the future: black excellence.”
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RuPaul expounded upon the calendar’s importance, telling the audience, “Alice in Wonderland is about the line between fantasy, fairytale, and reality—it’s blurred, that line doesn’t actually exist. So we are in a very important time in the history of humans on this planet to be able express that and go beyond, go beyond where we’ve been. This calendar represents one of the first steps in that forward-thinking, that forward motion.”
Scroll down below to see the first official images from the exclusive calendar.
1. Thando Hopa (The Princess of Hearts) and Whoopi Goldberg (The Royal Duchess)
2. RuPaul (The Queen of Hearts) and Djimon Hounsou (The King of Hearts)
3. Duckie Thot (Alice)
4. Sean Combs and Naomi Campbell (The Royal Beheaders)