Rio de Janeiro in Brazil was chosen as the setting for the famous motoring calendar, starring a mix of top models - all fully clothed, captured by Steve McCurry.

Brazilian Victoria's Secret 'Angel' Adriana Lima was the first visibly pregnant model to pose for the famous calendar, now in its 39th year.

Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Petra Nemcova, Summer Rayne Oakes and Elisa Sednaoui,
all stars of the 2013 edition.

 

The 40th edition of the calendar includes 34 colour photographs, including 23 portraits of actresses, singers and models, nine photographs depicting Rio de Janeiro’s everyday life, and two pictures of graffiti art and murals.

Adriana Lima, is joined in the calendar by Elisa Sednaoui, Petra Nemcova, Isabeli Fontana, Sonia Braga, Liya Kebede and Karlie Kloss.

All of the photographs were taken in the streets of Rio and its favelas. Together, they shed light on the history and evolution of the iconic city, documentary-style.

“I tried to portray Brazil, its landscape, its economy and its culture, along with the human element. This was the story I wanted to tell through my lens.”

“For me photography is an important expressive means to tell large and small stories of daily life,” explained Steve McCurry.

The calendar stars Summer Rayne Oakes, an American model with a background in environmental science and entomology.

Steve McCurry turned his lens on the local inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro, too.

Unusually for the glamorous calendar, some of McCurry's pictures don't even feature live subjects.

Brazilians captured mastering the traditional martial art of Capoeira in Rio star in the calendar.

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