Lupita Nyong'o

Pirelli calendar stars walk the red carpet at Paris gala dinner

A-list actresses Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman and Charlotte Rampling sparkle on the red carpet at Pirelli calendar 2017 gala dinner.

PARIS, FRANCE (NOVEMBER 29, 2016) (REUTERS) – Hollywood actresses Nicole Kidman, Uma Thurman, Helen Mirren and Charlotte Rampling walked the red carpet at the Pirelli calendar gala dinner in Paris on Tuesday (November 29).

The stars are among 14 internationally-renowned actresses, also including Kate Winslet, Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong’o, to feature in the latest edition of the calendar shot by German photographer Peter Lindbergh.

Lindbergh also included a fifteenth person in the calendar – Anastasia Ignatova, professor of Political Theory at Moscow State University of International Relations, who also graced the red carpet.

The simple, black and white pictures of the celebrities were unveiled at a press conference earlier in the day. The stripped back photographs show the actresses wearing minimal makeup in a bid to portray ‘natural beauty and femininity’.

The Pirelli calendar is known for its images of scantily-clad models.

Asked about the pressures young models might feel today to acheive the perception of a perfect image, Ramping said:

“Yeah, its not realistic at all so it’s just great to see women with not much makeup on looking just not necessarily that extraordinarily perfect and fantastic but just looking great and natural.”

“It wasn’t the same in the 70’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s when I was young, it wasn’t the same. It become that, so it’s nice to come back to photography like Peter and the fact that Pirelli have decided to do it this way is actually very important I think,” she added.

Meanwhile, Mirren called the process of stripping away from lights, makeup and clothes for the shoot “jarring”.

The French capital is gearing up for another glamourous event on Wednesday night – the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, which will see supermodels strut down the runway in lingerie embellished in Swarovski crystals.

“This is exactly what we get rid of for this year(‘s calendar),” Lindebergh said.