See Diddy, Lil Yachty & More in Pirelli Calendar's First All-Black Issue

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Alessandro Scotti
The behind the scenes imagery from the 2018 Pirelli Calendar by Tim Walker. 

For the 45th edition of the Pirelli Calendar, an annual publication filled with an artistic array of high fashion, glamorous and sensual images of culture shifters within the modeling and acting spheres, is now making history for introducing its first-ever all black cast. 

The 2018 edition, sees music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, rapper Lil Yachty, supermodel and actress Naomi Campbell, and 14 other entertainers dressed as characters from Alice in Wonderland. Diddy and Campbell are the forefronts of the images, both dressed as the Royal Beheader, while Yachty plays The Queen’s Guard.

Styled by British Vogue's editor-in-chief Edward Enniful and lensed by British photographer Tim Walker, the eclectic cast, which includes Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o, Whoopi Goldberg, and Ru Paul who is dressed in a red hooded dress by Comme Des Garcons, are seen posing on Shona Heath-designed set.

While the full photographs from the calendar will be available in their entirety in November of this year, Billboard can share a few behind-the-scenes snaps along with a full list of talent and the characters they are playing below.

Full Cast in the 2018 Pirelli Calendar in alphabetical order: 

Adut Akech, Sudanese-Australian model:  The Queen of Diamonds
Adwoa Aboah , Ghanaian-British fashion model and feminist activist: Tweedledee
Alpha Dia, Senegalese-German model: 5 of Hearts Playing Card Gardner
Djimon Hounsou, Beninese-American actor and model: The King of Hearts
Duckie Thot, South Sudanese-Australian model: Alice
King Owusu, British model: Tweedledum, 2 of Hearts Playing Card Gardner
Lil Yachty, American rapper and singer: The Queen's Guard


Lupita Nyong’o, Mexican-Kenyan actress: The Dormouse
Naomi Campbell, British supermodel and actress: The Royal Beheader
RuPaul, American actor, drag queen, television personality, and singer/songwriter: The Queen of Heart
Sasha Lane, American actress: The Mad March Hare

Sean “Diddy” Combs, American rapper, singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur: The Royal Beheader
Slick Woods, American Model: The Mad Hatter
Thando Hopa, South African Model and Lawyer: The Princess of Hearts
Wilson Oryema, British model: 7 of Hearts Playing Card Gardner
Whoopi Goldberg, American actress, comedian, author and television host, Activist: The royal Duchess
Zoe Bedeaux, British fashion stylist, designer and singer: The Caterpillar