Yara Shahidi, Kirsten Stewart and Emma Watson play 'Juliet' in new Pirelli Calendar
We're pretty sure that when the female protagonist in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was being cast for its first outing at London's Globe Theatre in 1597, the director's options were pretty slim pickings. The same can not be said for photographer Paolo Roversi who this year has the honour of shooting the famed Pirelli Calendar 2020. His theme? 'Looking for Juliet'
The subjects and themes of the Pirelli Calendar have long piqued the interest of the fashion world - espeically since it evolved into more of a high-concept calendar shoot - and in 2020 it will feature the likes of model Yara Shahidi, and actresses Claire Foy (below) and Emma Watson, each shot by Roversi in a would be casting call to find the person most suited to playing the Shakespeare's Juliet.
Shot in both Verona and Paris the eight women embody a concept of love and who, because of the roles they have performed and the lives they have lived, could easily play the part of a modern day Juliet.
British actor and activist, Emma Watson, would certainly be the Juliet with the biggest audience, with her with her 100 million social media followers amassed from her cinematic portrayals of two iconic female characters; Hermione Granger from Harry Potter and Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Watson is an acclaimed women and girls’ rights activist. She is a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UN WOMEN, for whom she launched the #heforshe campaign, encouraging men to join the fight for gender equality.
The presence of Yara Shahidi in the cast is confirmation that at a strong social commitment might well be a characteristic of Juliet in the 21st century. Shahidi is an actress, model and activist best known for her breakout role in beloved comedy series Black-ish. Like Watson, Shahidi is an advocate for women’s issues and has worked with the United Nations Girl Up on global initiatives. Her work has been spotlighted in the New York Times, TIME Magazine’s annual 30 Most Influential Teens list, and Forbes 30 Under 30.