Amy Schumer Poses Practically Nude in Sheer Underwear for 2016 Pirelli Calendar, Plus, Serena Williams, Patti Smith and More!

11/30/2015 at 11:28 AM ET

This year’s Pirelli calendar broke the mold. The Italian tire brand usually features scantily clad models posing in exotic locales in its annual 12-month spectacular. But to celebrate its 43rd year, Pirelli honors 13 women “of outstanding professional, social, cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment” — minus the palm trees. And most of them were clothed.

Amy Schumer 2016 Pirelli CalendarCourtesy Pirelli

Annie Leibovitz teamed up with Pirelli to shoot the diverse group of women including Amy Schumer, Serena Williams, Patti Smith and Yoko Ono. Schumer and Williams still stripped down to their underwear, but not in the typical Pirelli way.

“I’m a great admirer of comediennes. The Amy Schumer portrait added some fun,” Leibovitz says in a statement. “It’s as if she didn’t get the memo saying that she could keep her clothes on.”

At a London press conference debuting this year’s calendar, Schumer shared: “I’ve never felt more beautiful or more like myself.”

Leibovitz adds that she was happy to take the calendar in a new direction.

“The 2000 Calendar was an exercise in photographing nudes. It was a simple concept,” Leibovitz explains. “For 2016, we did something completely different, but it is still simple. It is a classic set of black-and-white portraits made in the studio. When Pirelli approached me, they said they wanted to make a departure from the past. They suggested the idea of photographing distinguished women. After we agreed on that, the goal was to be very straightforward. I wanted the pictures to show the women exactly as they are, with no pretense.”

Courtesy Pirelli

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Shot against a gray studio backdrop, wearing mostly muted colors, the wide-ranging group of women (from supermodel Natalia Vodianova to Chinese actress Yao Chen to director Ava Duvernay) posed for the legendary fashion photographer.

“I’ve seen a few of the photographs and they’re striking,” iconic singer Patti Smith told Vogue. “I have no idea what the average recipient would [think], but I think that they should appreciate a bold move. We’ll see.”

Patti Smith 2016 Pirelli CalendarCourtesy Pirelli

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Schumer, 34, shared her feelings about being featured on Instagram, captioning the striking photo with a series of adjectives.

“Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman. Thank you Annie Leibovitz!,” she wrote.

This isn’t the first time the star has stripped down for the camera. Schumer has spoken out about her weight in the past and celebrates body confidence.

What do you think of this year’s calendar? Are you happy the brand strayed from tradition? Sound off below.

–Brittany Talarico

FILED UNDER: BodyWatch , Celebs
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Danni on

I don’t understand for the life of me why she would want people to see her nude but I commend her for having enough confidence to do so. She doesn’t look half bad. Almost everyone’s stomach looks like that when they did down and if they tell you it doesn’t they’re not being truthful… My stomach looks almost exactly like that LOL

arabrabbra on

GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Roro on

I don’t like the picture below of Serena at all. I’d take Amy’s body over Serena’s any day. It’s too much.

Edyie on

She looks fine but she’s so overrated as a comedienne! She’s nasty and has no class. Ewwww

sarah on

That underwear is ugly.

sahra on

that underpants is ugly.

krisi on

They should have chosen beautiful underpants.

Mary on

Guess I just don’t understand why everyone wants to see nude celebrities. It’s not about confidence it’s about money. Instead of being like everyone else she is just the same only fatter.

Brandy on

They’re all very beautiful photos.

stinky on

amy schumer looks great and is so damn funny….patti smith still rocking her combat boots.

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