Chen, the first Chinese United Nation Refugee Agency goodwill ambassador
is among the notable women of the 2016 Pirelli calendar.
Shot by the incomparable Annie Leibowitz, this year’s Pirelli Calendar
includes 13 women that were chosen for their achievements and voices.
Among the 13 women of "outstanding professional, social, cultural,
sporting and artistic accomplishment", Yao Chen is the very first
Chinese image on the forward of the calendar.
Yao is a film and TV actress whose first postings appeared in 2009, when
Weibo, (a Chinese social media platform comparable to Twitter) was
launched and uses her platform to express ideas on hot topics.
Since 1964, the Italian tire company has released a yearly calendar to
20,000 VIPs, including musicians, celebrities, and royalty. And most of
those calendars included hyper-sexualized images of the world’s most
conventionally attractive women.
More than 50 years later, a change has finally come: Leibowitz and
Pirelli selected a group of diverse women, most of whom are fully
dressed and presented in a compellingly powerful way, represented first
and foremost by their achievements over their bodies.
2016’s issue features 13 women of "outstanding professional, social,
cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment" who were shot by the
doyenne of photography, Annie Leibovitz, in her New York studio in July.