Beautiful Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is the backdrop of the upcoming 2013 Pirelli Calendar by war photographer Steve McCurry. An evocative photographer, McCurry has received many awards for his coverage of war zones in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Beirut and Cambodia and brings his lenses to the historic quarters of Rio for a totally new take on the Calendar and its subjects. 

For 2013, the spotlight is on provocative and ethereal feminine figures.  The women of the 2013 Cal will be “sensual without being naked,” as McCurry commented. 

This year’s Calendar cast includes 11 women, all involved in non-government charitable foundations and humanitarian projects. From Petra Nemcova, who created the Happy Hearts Fund to help young victims of natural disasters to Isabeli Fontana who supports amfAR in the fight against AIDS and Adriana Lima, who works with the Caminhos da Luz orphanage in Salvador de Bahia. Then there is Sonia Braga with her Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, as well as Hana Ben Abdesselem who works with the Esmaani organization for the advancement of social right in Tunisia.

The 2013 Calendar will be launch in Sao Paolo, Brazil at the end of November.