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

The 2018 Pirelli Calendar

Model Duckie Thot stars in the calendar, as Alice in Wonderland.

The 2018 Pirelli Calendar

Model Slick Woods plays the Mad Hatter in the Tim Walker shoot.

The 2018 Pirelli Calendar

RuPaul and Dijmon play the King and Queen of Hearts from the childhood tale.

The 2018 Pirelli Calendar

Actress Lupita Nyong’o stars in the 2018 calendar as the dormouse.

The 2018 Pirelli Calendar

Naomi Campbell and Sean Combs also star in the stellar cast as Royal Beheaders.

The 2018 Pirelli Calendar

South African model and lawyer Thando Hopa stars alongside Whoopi Goldberg in the calendar as the Princess of Hearts.

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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