Video: The Torture of the 2009 Pirelli Calendar Shoot


Remember the America's Next Top Model challenge where Tyra made the girls pose with things like tarantulas on their faces? Turns out that's a real-life modeling application, or whatever you call it. In the just-released behind-the-scenes video footage of the 2009 Pirelli calendar shoot in Botswana, which took place in May, Isabeli Fontana undergoes possibly worse bug-to-face torture with some sort of freaky giant grasshopper, and even sheds a tear mid-shoot because of the trauma. Peter Beard shot this year's calendar, which boasts an all-star model cast, including Mariacarla Boscono, Malgosia Bela, Lara Stone, and Daria Werbowy. A behind-the-scenes video on Spiegel reveals the models endured getting splashed with muddy water by full-grown elephants, clutching bird carcasses to their chests, and standing on high tree limbs all while wearing hardly more clothing than a loin cloth. The calendar isn't sold commercially but given as a corporate gift to important people, like celebrities. Click on for the disturbing footage and remind yourself why it's good not to be a model. You can view the NSFW photos that made the calendar here.

Making Of Pirelli Calendar [Spiegel Online via Jezebel]
Behind the scenes of the 2009 Pirelli calendar in Botswana [Sassybella]