Screen legend Sophia Loren is to grace the cover
of the world famous Pirelli calendar at the ripe old age of 72.
The Italian beauty, who still has a figure women half her age would yearn
for, will pose in a slinky see through black dress for the calendar, which this
year has Jennifer Lopez on the front.
Although she will not be naked the picture will leave very little to the
imagination and has been described as very "tasteful with a pair of drop diamond
Loren has had dozens of offers to pose naked in a film career stretching 50
years but has always turned them down although she accepted the Pirelli offer
because of its legendary reputation.
The Pirelli calendar has been going for more than 40 years and is a limited
edition publication given to special VIPs only - Prince Andrew is a regular
This year's 2006, calendar apart from featuring Jennifer Lopez also has
cocaine scandal British model Kate Moss, for July and August.
Other 'month's in the 2006 calendar are illustrated by Giselle Bundchen,
Guinevere Van Seenus and Karen Elson.
In a break from tradition next year's 2007 calendar will not feature so
called supermodels but a more refined set of stars apart from Loren they are
Hilary Swank, Penelope Cruz, Naomi Watts and little known French actress Lou
Yesterday's news that Loren would pose for Pirelli sparked massive interest
in Italy especially as it was initially reported that she would bare all but
this was denied by both Pirelli and her press agent, Enrico Lucherini. Speaking
in Rome Mr Lucherini said: "Sophia is in the Pirelli calendar but she is
certainly not nude.
"In the Sixties she had hundreds of offers to pose nude but she turned them
all down but she still looks fantastic now.
"She will be 72 next birthday and she still has a figure that would be the
envy of women half her age but she would never pose naked."
He would not release the pic of Loren that will be in the calendar, but did
issue one taken from the same photoshoot - but showing her only lying on a bed
with a sheet pulled up to her neck.
Loren's decision to appear in the Pirelli calendar was met with derision by
another Italian screen icon of the Sixties, Claudia Cardinale.
She said:"Everyone is free to do what they want but I would never do it. "
Loren's decision, a few months before her 72nd birthday in September, is set
to spark mixed emotions among her fans, with some struck by eager anticipation
and others fearing she may dent her stately reputation.
However as she herself once said: "You have to be born a sex symbol. You
don't become one. If you're born with it, you'll have it even when you're 100
Speaking of her decision to pose for the Pirelli calendar Loren said: "You
have to be decisive when you want to do something you want and something that
you have maybe wanted to do for some time."
Loren's pictures for the 2007 Pirelli calendar were taken in California last
week by photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.
Last night Loren was quoted on the website of Italian daily Corriere Della
Sera saying of the photo shoot:"I emjoyed myself posing as if I was a little
girl again." A Pirelli spokesman in Milan said: "I can confirm that Sophia Loren
has posed for the 2007 Pirelli calendar.
"The pictures were shot last week on location in America and she looks
fantastic - you wouldn't think she is nearly 72 years old."