Behind The Scenes At The Pirelli Calendar Shoot 2014

Bianca Balti

What does it take to be a Pirelli Calendar girl? If you’re Bianca Balti, then it requires very little preparation.

I have not done one exercise in my whole life,” she confessed before posing in the 2014 calendar. And in order to get ready for such a high-profile job, the 29-year-old model just gets “a pedicure from somewhere down the street.” This is Balti’s second time appearing in the shoot renowned for its nude, or nearly nude, portraits of the world’s most beautiful women. The Dolce & Gabbana muse made her debut for the 2011 offering.

Karl Lagerfeld wanted me because he thought the other girls were too fit,” she explained of her first Pirelli outing, which was photographed by the designer himself. “He told me I had a butt like a goddess, and that I shouldn’t ruin it.” 

Marking its 50th anniversary, this year’s calendar is yet to be unveiled and, aside from Balti, it has not yet been confirmed who will appear in it. If the 50th anniversary shoot is anything to go by, the calendar is likely to feature seasoned Pirelli models Miranda Kerr, Isabeli Fontana, Alek Wek, Helena Christensen, Karolina Kurkova and Alessandra Ambrosio.

Look at her legs!Balti said of Ambrosio on the set of the shoot. “See, she works out.” Despite her credentials as one of the longest-serving Victoria’s Secret Angels, Ambrosio admits to not feeling entirely comfortable with baring all.

I never really did a nude shoot,” she claimed. “I’m not comfortable doing them, so I always had a G-string, or I cover my boobs so it looks like I’m nude.

Speaking of how she prepared for her Pirelli moment, Ambrosio said: “I lay out in the sun yesterday, just for a few minute.” It seems that when you’re as genetically blessed as Balti and Ambrosio, it all comes naturally.

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