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Rita Ora, Cher and Grimes smoulder in Pirelli Calendar 2022 shot by Bryan Adams

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(Bryan Adams/Pirelli)

Rita Ora’s bathtime took centre stage at the unveiling of the 2022 Pirelli Calendar shot by rockstar turned photographer Bryan Adams.

Cher, Iggy Pop, Jennifer Hudson also modelled for the “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” singer for the “On The Road” calendar which depicts a regular day in the life of a touring musician.

Cover star St. Vincent wakes up at a hotel, Kali Uchis’ day off by the pool, Saweetie checks out her luggage before another trip, and Cher relaxes backstage.

It shows Normani resting before a sound check and Jennifer Hudson arriving at the venue, Grimes in the recording studio, Bohan Phoenix back in the hotel post-performance, and Rita Ora bathes in a dry bath after the show.

The 62-year-old Canadian was unable to unveil his take of the famed calendar in person in Milan after testing positive for Covid-19 upon arrival in Italy last week.

The photos were taken last summer, in three days, at two locations in Los Angeles – the Palace Theatre and Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont hotel – and at the Scalinatella hotel in Capri.

“It would be very, very hard to encapsulate everything that happens on the road in a couple of days.

“So what I tried to do was to represent some of the aspects of it… for example, musicians never really see the front of the building, they see the back of the building, we see the stage door, we see the backstage area, we see the basement of a building… you go from the stage door to the car door to the hotel door to the train door to the bus door, so it’s a bunch of doors, but it’s always about travelling...”, Bryan Adams said.

As a photographer, he has snapped Mick Jagger and Naomi Campbell, as well as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. He has also published books of his photos, including one on injured British soldiers.

The Pirelli Calendar was first published in 1964, given as a limited edition gift to a number of its namesake tyre brand’s clients and celebrities. In 1974 it was discontinued but was brought back a decade later.

In recent years, it has moved away from featuring images of scantily-dressed models to more artistic themes, featuring various celebrities.

The 2021 edition was suspended due to the pandemic.

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