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Every year, Pirelli marks the New Year by publishing a calendar. Traditionally, these types of gigs use “men’s models,” sort of like soft core porn you can call art. What distinguishes the Pirelli Calendar is its inclination to use high fashion models and famous fashion photographers. Maybe it’s a way to appeal to a different clientele or just to create a high fashion nude. Either way, it’s always a big deal this time of year, especially last year when Karl Lagerfeld took the famous photographs.

Well, it’s that time of year again and the first glimpses of the pictures have come out. Mario Sorrenti shot them this year, and the variety of models is a bit disappointing. They seem to all look a bit similar and some seem out of place. Also, many of the poses come off as uninspired. I know Kate Moss is a legend and can do pretty much whatever she pleases, but her appearance among this group of models is a bit strange considering they all represent a different generation. Not to say that age should keep her out of the calendar, but she just comes off as the odd one out, even though she looks gorgeous. And don’t get me started on the choice to put Mila Jovovich in.

And, as always, when you put a group of nude models together, a standout always emerges. This time is no exception. Joan Smalls’ appearance in the 2012 Pirelli calendar solidifies her place amongst the very top at the moment. She looks unbelievable in these pictures and outshines the rest, even though Lara Stone comes in a close second. I’m a bit obsessed with these photos of her.

-Nadjma Sako

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Fashion is often criticized for its lack of diversitywhether it be on the runways or off. That reputation is well-earned when considering the absence of people of non-European descent in the industry. Models are often an easy way to gauge race representation simply because the backgrounds and origins of the models are known and it is easily quantitative.

Considering the end of the year is approaching, every industry attempts to quantify its successes, failures and advances. In fashion, those lists consider the best looks of the year, the most notable moments, the best and worst trends, emerging talents and controversies. Recently, while stumbling upon one of these lists on Fashionista, the topic was diversity among Vogue cover models.

According to the site, “22 percent of Vogue cover subjects were non-white,” which only points to the fact that the other 78 percent were occupied by white models. And it gets worse: amongst the 22 percent, the majority were of non-European or American Vogue editions. Therefore, most non-white cover models were featured on their country’s editions of Vogue (India, China, Taiwan, etc.). Great.