Presenting the 2012 Pirelli Calendar image

Pirelli has just unveiled the new 2012 Pirelli Calendar – one of the most sought-after collections of nude photographs since its inception in 1964. Mario Sorrenti shot the upcoming Pirelli 2012 with 13 models and actresses.

Neapolitan by birth and New Yorker by adoption, Sorrenti chose the island of Corsica and its rugged landscape to create his “Swoon”: ecstasy captured by images.

Sorrenti picked Kate Moss, Guinevere Can Seenus, Malgosia, Edita Vilkeviciute, Isabeli Fontana, Natasha Poly, Lara Stone, Rinko Kikuchi, Milla Jovovich, Margareth Made and Joan Smalls as his muses.

The result? A stunning — and classy! — black and white melange of sexy, tropical portraits.

“It’s an incredibly prestigious honor—a huge accomplishment for a photographer,” Sorrenti said at the calendar’s unveiling press conference on December 6 in New York City, where Pirelli screened a behind-the-scenes video of the shoots while models like Poly, Smalls, Fontana and Kikuchi looked on.