Pirelli, founded by Giovanni Battista Pirelli in 1872 in Milan, Italy, is among the world’s most well-known tire companies. But the Pirelli Calendar, which began in 1964, is at least as equally famous as the tires because of its annually published images of topless models and actresses.
The recently released 2012 edition further adds to the calendar's legacy by featuring some of the world's most beautiful models photographed.
The 2012 calender, which features the work of photographer Mario Sorrenti, includes images of Kate Moss, Lara Stone, Milla Jovovich, Malgosia Bela, Isabeli Fontana, Natasha Poly, Saskia de Brauw (above), Joan Smalls, Edita Vilkeviciute, Rinko Kikuchi, and the Italian model/actress Margareth Madè.
Like previous edition, new calender, shot in Corsica, has limited availability. It’s not sold and is only given as a corporate gift to a limited group of Pirelli customers and VIPs.
In previous years, supermodels and celebrities who have appeared in the calendar include: Sienna Miller, Naomi Campbell, Gisele Bündchen, Cindy Crawford, Julia Stiles, Hilary Swank, Selma Blair, Heidi Klum and Sophia Loren.
View a gallery of the models in the 2012 calender by clicking on the images below.