The 2018 Pirelli calendar drives change in the fashion industry with an all-black cast

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Just days after welcoming a more diverse era for British Vogue with his debut cover, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful unveils this year’s Pirelli calendar.

Shot by legendary fashion photographer Tim Walker and directed by Enninful, the all-black cast tells the story of Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

The likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Naomi Campbell, upcoming British model Adwoa Aboah and RuPaul play the novel’s most cherished characters and the 2018 edition signifies a long-awaited shift in the fashion industry.

“The message is so big, and the timing could not be more perfect,” Naomi Campbell told The Guardian. “It’s great to see these beautiful girls get this opportunity. I just don’t want it to be a trend, and I think we all feel that way.”

In recent years, the Pirelli calendar has strived to celebrate diversity with last year’s issue seeing photographer Annie Leibovitz emphasise women’s accomplishments, not their looks.

Tim Walker told British Vogue: “I think it’s exciting, it’s a celebration of black beauty but it could be any skin colour to me. It’s in tune with what feels right for now.”

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