Annie Leibovitz, Jewish photographer and goddess of ethereal lighting, shot Pirelli’s 2016 calendar. For its 43rd edition, Leibovitz decided to break away from tradition; instead of choosing famous models, she chose to photograph a diverse group of badass women. Amy Schumer, of course, is one of them. And she’s nude.
Jewish comedian and actress Schumer tweeted the photo with the caption, “Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman. Thank you @annieleibovitz.”
The caption perfectly encompasses everything women need to hear about their bodies–bodies are complicated, they aren’t just one thing. And women should feel confident regardless of their shape or size, because complexity is gorgeous.
In a promo video for the shoot, Schumer stated how she “felt I looked more beautiful than I’ve ever felt in my life, and I felt like it looked like me.”
Schumer isn’t the only Jewish woman to be featured in the calendar–she is joined by Rookie Magazine founder Tavi Gevinson and writer Fran Lebowitz. The fact that Leibovitz chose women who are leaders in their fields indicates a cultural shift–the need for women’s accomplishments to be what’s engaging, not just a random naked body.
Gevinson explained why this shift is taking place succinctly, stating:
“A white, able-bodied cis-gendered woman being naked is just not revolutionary anymore,” she said. “I don’t think anyone is going to be like, ‘Damn, I wanted those naked chicks.’”
Ranging from arts, sports, entertainment, and philanthropy, the rest of the list includes Serena Williams, Yoko Ono, Patti Smith, Natalia Vodianova, Kathleen Kennedy, Yao Chen, Mellody Hobson, Ava DuVernay, Agnes Gund, and Shirin Neshat.
Don’t forget to check out the other photos from the shoot here.