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The two stars, who are often criticized by Internet trolls for their bodies anyway, stripped down for the 2016 Pirelli calendar. The calendar itself is pretty groundbreaking, featuring women of “of outstanding professional, social, cultural, sporting and artistic accomplishment” rather than the usual scantily clad models in tropical settings. And while not everyone featured in the calendar — think Yoko Ono, Patti Smith and others — chose to bare all, Schumer and Williams posed in nothing but their skivvies.
We personally think they look great, and we love seeing women embracing their shapes with so much confidence. But of course, the Internet has other ideas. Comments on a People magazine article about the calendar got pretty nasty pretty quickly.
“Guess I just don’t understand why everyone wants to see nude celebrities,” one commenter wrote. “It’s not about confidence it’s about money. Instead of being like everyone else she is just the same only fatter.”
Another chimed in, “I don’t like the picture below of Serena at all. I’d take Amy’s body over Serena’s any day. It’s too much.”
Obviously, both Schumer and Williams are well used to the hate that gets thrown at them for being fuller-figured women in the public eye. They don’t seem too bothered by the comments being made about their recent photos, especially Schumer, who posted hers on Instagram with the caption, “Beautiful, gross, strong, thin, fat, pretty, ugly, sexy, disgusting, flawless, woman.”
Schumer also shared her thoughts about the calendar at a press conference in London where it was debuted.
“I’ve never felt more beautiful or more like myself,” she said.
“When Pirelli approached me, they said they wanted to make a departure from the past,” photographer Annie Leibovitz said about the calendar. “They suggested the idea of photographing distinguished women. After we agreed on that, the goal was to be very straightforward. I wanted the pictures to show the women exactly as they are, with no pretense.”