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We’re mad for the 2018 Pirelli calendar.

The annual star-studded shoot features models, actresses and public figures, as per usual. But this year it boasts far more colouring than we’ve seen in recent iterations — both on set and, most notably, in its solely black cast.

Inspired by” Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ,” the kill was styled by British Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful, the first black boy to helm a mainstream women’s style magazine. Its superstars include Lupita Nyong’o, Naomi Campbell, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean “Diddy” Combs and our personal favourite Ru Paul, who portrays the Queen of Hearts.

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The calendar is a powerful but whimsical deviation from the iconic 2017 hit, which featured gorgeous, unretouched images of mainly white celebrities. The selection of an all-black “Alice” has been welcomed by audiences and the stars themselves.

” It is a chance to push social consciousness and break down barricades ,” Combs told the New York Times.” For so many years, something like this would not have happened in the manner world, so it feels like being part of history and playing an active role. I want to lead by example .”

Pirelli has featured an entirely black casting of calendar simulates before, in 1987, when a even younger Campbell starred topless. That Enninful styled the new kill simply adds more punch to its powerful messaging.

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” Inclusivity is more part of the conversation than it has ever been before, but it goes far beyond black and white ,” he told the Times.” It is about all tenets, all colors, all sizes and people merely living their trues .”

Preach. Check out a behind-the-scenes look at the calendar, which was conceived of and shot by photographer Tim Walkerand is slated for release in November.

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Thando Hopa as the Princess of Hearts
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Thando Hopa as the Princess of Hearts
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Alpha Dia as the Five-Of-Hearts-Playing-Card Gardener and King Owusu as the Two-Of-Hearts-Playing-Card Gardener.
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Alpha Dia as the Five-Of-Hearts-Playing-Card Gardener and King Owusu as the Two-Of-Hearts-Playing-Card Gardener.
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Slick Woods as the Madhatter.
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Slick Woods as the Madhatter.
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Lupita Nyong’o as the Dormouse.
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Lupita Nyong’o as the Dormouse.
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Djimon Hounsou as the King of Hearts.
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Djimon Hounsou as the King of Hearts.
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Sasha Lane as the Mad March Hare and Lupita Nyong’o as the Dormouse.
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Sasha Lane as the Mad March Hare and Lupita Nyong’o as the Dormouse.
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Adwoa Aboah as Tweedledee.
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Adwoa Aboah as Tweedledee.
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Behind the scenes.
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Behind the scenes.
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Wonderful wonderland.
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Wonderful wonderland.
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Ru Paul and Djimon Hounsou.
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Ru Paul and Djimon Hounsou.
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Duckie Thot as Alice.
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Duckie Thot as Alice.
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Whoopi Goldberg as the Royal Duchess, Thando Hopa as the Princess of Hearts.