Fans of the Pirelli calendar (see issues from 2017 and 2016) are in luck – the wait is over and some of the fairytale-like images for the 2018 edition have finally been unveiled.
Tim Walker, a renowned British fashion photographer, has picked a stellar all-black cast for his 12-month fable, based on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. It was styled by British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful, the first black man to steer a mainstream women’s fashion magazine.
“This is an important step in culture development – to push images that aren’t generic, that don’t conform to stereotypes,” said model Thando Hopa, who portrays the Princess of Hearts.
The whole cast of the 45th edition of the calendar is as follows: Adwoa Aboah is Tweedledee; Naomi Campbell and Sean “Diddy” Combs are The Royal Beheaders; Slick Woods is The Madhatter; Lupita Nyong’o is The Dormouse; Whoopi Goldberg is The Royal Duchess; Djimon Hounsou is The King of Hearts; Ru Paul is The Queen of Hearts; Adut Akech is The Queen of Diamonds; Alpha Dia is the Five-Of-Hearts-Playing-Card Gardener; King Owusu is the Two-Of-Hearts-Playing-Card Gardener; Lil Yachty is The Queen’s Guard; Thando Hopa is The Princess of Hearts; Wilson Oryema is the Seven-Of-Hearts-Playing-Card Gardener; Zoe Bedeaux is The Caterpillar; Sasha Lane is The Mad March Hare; and Duckie Thot is Alice.