The 2018 Pirelli Calendar is fiercer than ever: this year art director Tim Walker assembled an all-black cast to delve into the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
In this colorful new version of the classic children’s tale, supermodel Duckie Thot is Alice, Lupita Nyong’o plays the Dormouse, and RuPaul is, of course, the Queen of Hearts.
“The story of Alice has been told so many times and in so many ways, but always with a white cast,” told the Times. “There has never been a black Alice, so I wanted to push how fictional fantasy figures can be represented and explore evolving ideas of beauty.”
Exclusively offered to Pirelli’s upscale clientele, the calendar also sees Djimon Hounsou as The King of Hearts, Adut Akech as The Queen of Diamonds, Whoopi Goldberg slays as The Royal Duchess, as well as Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’O, Sean Diddy Combs and Little Yachty.
Photographer Alessandro Scotti captured the fantastical landscape, with styling by British Vogue’s new editor-in-chief, Edward Enninful.
“Inclusivity is more part of the conversation than it has ever been before, but it goes far beyond black and white,” Enninful told The New York Times.
“It is about all creeds, all colors, all sizes and people just living their truths. A lot of this is about digital giving people voices, and a new generation who refuse to compromise and want answers to the questions that matter to them. Given the state of the world we live in, sometimes I think we all feel like we’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. For me, a retelling of Alice for the modern world was a perfect project, particularly once the cast fell into place.”