Pirelli's ‘Africa' 2009

The 2009 edition of the prestigious Pirelli Calendar has just been released.

The shoot, which includes only women, took place in a remote area called Okavango Delta, located in the Southern African country of Botswana. Famed fashion photographer Peter Beard was given the assignment by Pirelli this year.

I usually frown upon these sort of things because I feel that these fashion shoots in so-called "exotic" and semi-remote areas interfere with human and animal habitats.

Having said that, the collection of photos, many of which could not be displayed here, is really exceptional as we are given a glimpse of the stunning natural beauty of the Okavango Delta.

The models gracing this year’s calendar are Rianne Ten Haken, Malgosia Bela, Mariacarla Boscono, Isabeli Fontana, Kemp Muhl, and Daria Werbowy.

The list of celebrities and uber models that have previously been featured in Pirelli’s annual calendar include Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, Agyness Deyn, Kate Moss, Jennifer Lopez, Hilary Swank, and Sophia Loren.