Gigi Hadid and Alexander Wang have been photographed for the 2019 Pirelli calendar.
The compilation by the Italian tire company is renowned for its exclusivity and is often given as a gift to customers and celebrities. According to the BBC, this year’s concept is “women who are playing a movie character role” where those involved are “on the road to achieving” or having “already achieved their goals in life”.
Gigi, 23, plays a wealthy and successful, yet melancholic, woman and Alexander, 34, plays her best friend who is there to comfort her.
The fashion duo were shot by British photographer Albert Watson, who has previously worked with iconic brands including Prada, Levi’s, Revlon and Chanel, and is also a Vogue regular while also providing content for publications such as Harper’s Bazaar, Time and Rolling Stone.
“I wanted to make sure that I approached this in a different way to the other photographers, exploring the women with the sense of inquiry to create a situation important for 2019,” he said in a promotional video.
The supermodel and acclaimed designer were both photographed in a flat in New York last April (18), while fellow model Laetitia Casta, as well as Misty Copeland and Julia Garner have also been cast in the prestigious project.
Fashion personalities are often involved in the Pirelli calendar, with last year’s Alice in Wonderland themed shoot, which featured an all black cast of models, actors, and activists, including Duckie Thot, Naomi Campbell and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, who were styled by British Vogue editor Edward Enninful.
The calendar, which will be Pirelli’s 46th edition, is expected to be released in early December.