For this project, Roversi decided to focus on only half of the titular duo.
For him, the shoot is the culmination of a yearslong exploration of the themes of love and beauty. That search led him to Juliet, a woman who fought and ultimately died for her beliefs.
Roversi cast eight actors and models, chosen for their embodiment of the qualities he sees in Juliet: strength, femininity and tenderness.
Kristen Stewart by Paolo Roversi for Pirelli’s 2020 calendar. Credit: Paolo Roversi/Pirelli
“I was looking not just for beautiful girls,” said Roversi. “I was looking for girls that are their own character, (with their) own personality, independent… like Juliet.”
Indya Moore by Paolo Roversi for Pirelli’s 2020 calendar. Credit: Paolo Roversi/Pirelli
Each artist represents a fragment of Juliet’s multifaceted character, captured by Roversi, one of the world’s most respected commercial and fashion photographers.
Yara Shahidi by Paolo Roversi for Pirelli’s 2020 calendar. Credit: Paolo Roversi/Pirelli
Known for his monochromatic shots, Roversi plays with light to accentuate models’ features in work that has been exhibited worldwide.
The story of Romeo and Juliet remains contemporary at its core — family, femininity, and cultural confines are themes that remain just as relevant now as they were when the play was first conceived.
“I think it can touch everybody,” said Roversi. “There’s a Juliet in every woman.”