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Serena Williams and comedian Amy Schumer stripped down for the anticipated 2016 Pirelli calendar, a 12-month spread that is believe it or not, much more reserved than past years.

Known for featuring supermodels and their perceived killer bods, Pirelli took a different angle this year and featured people based on their achievements, not their sex appeal.

Shot in black and white by world renowned photographer, Annie Leibovitz, each subject poses in a way that perfectly depicts what we know them for.

Serena, clad in a pair of black undies, shows off her muscular physique for the month of April by standing like an Egyptian sculpture, while Schumer, appears to be a little more comical in her pose; sitting in a chair slumped over while holding what appears to be a cup of coffee for the month of December.





“I started to think about the roles that women play, women who have achieved something. I wanted to make a classic set of portraits,” Leibovitz said in a press release back in September. ” I thought that the women should look strong but natural and I decided to keep it a very simple exercise of shooting in the studio. This calendar is so completely different. It is a departure. The idea was not to have any pretense in these pictures and be very straightforward.”

Other features include Patti Smith, Yao Chen, Tavi Gevinson and 65-year-old author, Fran Lebow.


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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