Pirelli calendar 2017 may be an anti-Photoshop statement, but there's just 1 problem

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For the past 50 years, the Pirelli calendar has stood as the fashion industry's annual celebration of female beauty, with sensuous black and white images of top models, celebrities and notable figures in various stages of undress.

But over the past year in particular, the Cal, as it's known, has seen a shift. For the 2016 Pirelli calendar, photographer Annie Leibovitz focused on women with spectacular careers, from Serena Williams to Patti Smith and Yoko Ono, rather than women with spectacular measurements. And now for the 2017 Pirelli calendar, which was revealed on Tuesday, it's all about celebrating raw, real beauty without any face or body retouching.

In a press release, the calendar's photographer, Peter Lindbergh, explained that he wanted "to create a calendar not around perfect bodies, but on sensitivity and emotion, stripping down to the very soul of the sitters, who thus become more nude than naked."

Pirelli calendar 2017 may be an anti-Photoshop statement, but there's just 1 problem
Nicole Kidman
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Pirelli calendar 2017 may be an anti-Photoshop statement, but there's just 1 problem
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Among the women featured this year are movie stars like Uma Thurman, Rooney Mara, Penelope Cruz, Robin Wright, Léa Seydoux, Alicia Vikander, Helen Mirren, Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, Charlotte Rampling, Lupita Nyong'o, Kate Winslet and Zhang Ziyi. There's also an appearance by one woman who isn't a movie star — Anastasia Ignatavor, who teaches at Moscow State University of International Relations.

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SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 15: Actress Nicole Kidman attends Swisse promotional event on July 15, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 15: Actress Nicole Kidman attends Swisse promotional event on July 15, 2016 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Nicole Kidman attends the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by C Flanigan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 05: Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman attend 'Genius' New York premiere at Museum of Modern Art on June 5, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman arrives for the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art May 2, 2016 in New York. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Actress Nicole Kidman attends the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Venturelli/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Actress/producer Nicole Kidman attends 'The Family Fang' Premiere during 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at John Zuccotti Theater at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center on April 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 03: Actress Nicole Kidman attends the 51st Academy Of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Nicole Kidman with her Best Actress in a Play award for Photograph 51 during the 16th Annual WhatsOnStage Awards at The Prince of Wales Theatre on February 21, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Actress Nicole Kidman attends the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON / AFP / MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 14: Actress Nicole Kidman attends the Opening Ceremony and the 'Grace of Monaco' premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 14, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman, left, and Keith Urban arrive at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Actress Nicole Kidman, right, and actor Tim Roth pose on the red carpet for the opening ceremony and the screening of Grace of Monaco at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
This image released by Cannes Film Festival shows Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in a scene from "Grace of Monaco." (AP Photo/Cannes Film Festival)
This image released by Cannes Film Festival shows Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in a scene from "Grace of Monaco." (AP Photo/Cannes Film Festival)
Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers during a photo call for Grace of Monaco at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)
Actress Nicole Kidman during a press conference for the film Grace of Monaco at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
FILE - In this May 14, 2014 file photo, actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers during a photo call for "Grace of Monaco" at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, in southern France. Kidman stars in a new thriller “Before I Go To Sleep,” in U.S. theaters on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The 47-year-old actress plays a woman whose memory is wiped clean every night, and begins questioning her husband and others as she tries to unravel what happened to her. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
Chiwetel Ejiofor, left, and Nicole Kidman present the award for best foreign language film at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers upon arrival on the red carpet for the film Queen of the Desert at the 2015 Berlinale Film Festival in Berlin Friday, Feb. 6, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
Keith Urban, left, and Nicole Kidman attend the 2015 G’DAY USA GALA at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rob Latour/Invision/AP)
Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers during a photo call for Grace of Monaco at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
SHANGHAI, CHINA - JUNE 15: (CHINA OUT) Actress Nicole Kidman attends 'Grace of Monaco' premiere during the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival on June 15, 2014 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Australian actress Nicole Kidman arrives on the red carpet of Shanghai International Film Festival openning ceremony in Shanghai on June 14, 2014. Kidman, who is promoting 'Grace of Monaco' at the festival, received an award for outstanding contribution to film. Shanghai kicked off its annual film festival, a nine-day event with a heavy emphasis on Chinese cinema and a sprinkling of Hollywood stars promoting their latest works. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
This image released by Cannes Film Festival shows Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly in a scene from "Grace of Monaco." (AP Photo/Cannes Film Festival)
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"In a time when women are represented in the media and everywhere else, as ambassadors of perfection and youth, I thought it was important to remind everyone that there is a different beauty, more real and truthful and not manipulated by commercial or any other interests, a beauty which speaks about individuality, courage to be yourself and your own private sensibility," Lindbergh said in the release.

And indeed, as seen in the released images, the women's faces show lines and dimples and wrinkles. Their skin has creases. For a calendar that has so long now built a reputation on smooth and supple bodies, it's indeed refreshing.

Pirelli calendar 2017 may be an anti-Photoshop statement, but there's just 1 problem
Uma Thurman
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Pirelli calendar 2017 may be an anti-Photoshop statement, but there's just 1 problem
Robin Wright
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But there's just one thing. Though this is possibly the first calendar sans airbrushing, it's also one that appears to include no plus-size women, or women above a size 8, it seems. For this supposed celebration of real, raw, un-retouched, true beauty, Pirelli decided to leave women above a certain size in the dust.

Yes, the calendar does include both women of color (though just a few) and women 50 and older, like Robin Wright and Charlotte Rampling, but leaving out women above a size 8 or 10 or 12 in this display of beauty makes the project feel less genuine.

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US actress Robin Wright poses for photographers on the red carpet ahead of the world premiere of the television series 'House of Cards - Season 3 Episode 1' in London on February 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / JUSTIN TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 27: (L-R) Ben Foster and Robin Wright attend the Giorgio Armani Prive show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 27, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actors Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright pose for photographers upon arrival at the House of Cards season 3 World Premiere at the Empire Cinema in central London, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: Actors Robin Wright and Ben Foster attend the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Robin Wright and Ben Foster seen at LAX on January 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: Actress Robin Wright attends Lionsgate and Roadside Attraction's premiere of 'A Most Wanted Man' hosted by The Cinema Society and Montblanc at the Museum of Modern Art on July 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 05: Actress Robin Wright attends Netflix's Academy Panel 'Women Ruling TV' at Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre on June 5, 2014 in North Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 04: Actress Robin Wright attends the Los Angeles Confidential celebration of the Women of Influence issue on June 4, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Getty Images for Los Angeles Confidential)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 04: (EDITORS NOTE:Image converted to B/W) Actress Robin Wright attends Los Angeles Confidential Magazine and Cover Star Robin Wright Celebrate The Magazine's Women Of Influence Issue at SIXTY Beverly Hills on June 4, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 03: Actress Robin Wright attends United Friends Of The Children, Brass Ring Awards Dinner 2014 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 3, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Robin Wright arrives at the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC- JUNE 29: Actress Robin Wright speaks during the 2015 MORE Impact Awards Luncheon at The Newseum in June 29, 2015 in Washington DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/ FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 27: Robin Wright arrives at Netflix's 'House Of Cards' screening event held at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on April 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Actress Robin Wright speaks on stage during the Women In The World Summit held in New York on April 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Robin Wright attends the World Premiere of 'House of Cards' Season 3 at The Empire Cinema on February 26, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 27: Ben Foster and Robin Wright attend the Giorgio Armani Prive show as part of Paris Fashion Week Haute-Couture Spring/Summer 2015 on January 27, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Michel Dufour/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 11: 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS -- Pictured: Actress Robin Wright arrives to the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2015. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/NBC/NBC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05: Robin Wright at the 'House Of Cards' Press Conference at The London Hotel on December 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0092 -- Pictured: Actress Robin Wright on July 23, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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That's especially true because even before the Pirelli calendar started getting its own woke makeover, it did feature plus-size women, like model Candice Huffine, who posed almost entirely nude for the 2014 issue. Last year, Serena Williams, a strong, fit and curvy woman, was a proud centerpiece, as well as Amy Schumer, who showed off the rolls on her belly in her shot.

But this time, there's no curvaceous women in sight. What that says is that although plus-size women in various stages of undress are Pirelli-appropriate, an un-retouched plus-size woman isn't yet. In order to be acceptable without airbrushing, you've got to tick the boxes of "thin" and "conventionally pretty" first.

So, although the images remain stunning and are indeed a testament to how beautiful women are regardless of if they've been manipulated by a computer, Pirelli seems to have missed the entire point of inclusive beauty.

You can watch the calendar's official video below:

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