The wise Cate Blanchett has praised Annie Leibovitz and Pirelli for celebrating diversity and reminding women everywhere of their achievements with the 2016 Pirelli calendar.
Speaking at the Pirelli Gala dinner at Camden’s Roundhouse in London on Monday night, the Australian actress said that photographer Annie “has staged her own kind of mini-revolution” by choosing women like Amy Schumer and Serena Williams instead of conventional models.
“We as women can speak to our strength and our good humor, our achievements and the fact that we come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and different colors, and we can speak to all of this in the sometimes receptive corners of the world and synthetic outlets,” Cate said.
“We have a new opening, The Pirelli Calendar has long been a gold standard for traditional images of female beauty and so-called ‘sexy women’ — which I am trying to imitate ce soir,” she continued.
“Pirelli is reminding us that women are grand and spectacular, diverse and fascinating creatures, who are not only capable of, but are actually doing, extraordinary things in the world.”