The Pirelli calendar is quite possibly the sexiest calendar in the world. Which is why the news from that Victoria Secret’s Angel Adriana Lima is baring her bump for the 2013 edition is quite something.
Shot by Steve McCurry, famed for his instantly recognisable Afghan Girl image that appeared on the cover of the 1985 National Geographic, Lima is the first woman to pose for the iconic calendar whilst pregnant.
Wearing a cropped black vest top that shows off her swollen belly, the model pregnant with her second child by husband Marko Jaric, a Serbian basketball player, takes the whole celebrities-posing-nude-whilst-pregnant phenomenon in an entirely different direction. Sexy rather than smutty, and in no way reminiscent of those oft-replicated Demi Moore shots for Vanity Fair, Lima looks every inch the gorgeous glowing soon-to-be mum.
In yet another first for the Pirelli calendar, the 2013 edition, according to Vanity Fair Italy who were on set during the shoots, is expected to offer more of a political slant than it has in the past. Named ‘calendar of the soul’ the famous faces, including Elisa Sednaoui, Liya Kebede, Petra Nemcova, Isabeli Fontana, who accompany Lima, have been chosen as much for their involvement in charitable foundations, NGOs and humanitarian projects, as their beauty.