Shirin Neshat

In Pirelli Calendar

Every year since 1964, the iconic calendar produced by the Italian tyre firm has celebrated women’s physical beauty, but for 2016 leading portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz has created a gallery of remarkable women who are leaders in their fields.

They are: actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Yao Chen, model and charity founder Naked Heart Russia, Natalia Vodianova, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy, who is helming the new Star Wars trilogy and spin-offs, Agnes Gund, President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art, tennis player Serena Williams, critic and writer Fran Lebowitz; the President of Ariel Investments, Mellody Hobson; film director Ava DuVernay, blogger Tavi Gevinson, founder of Style Rookie; Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat; artist and musician Yoko Ono; singer Patti Smith and actress and stand-up comedian Amy Schumer.

– Anthony Peacock