‘The Lady in Red’: 2013 Campari Calendar Starring Penelope Cruz [Gallery]

NEW YORK | Thursday, November 15th, 2012 1:50am EDT

Actress Penelope Cruz is the star of the 2013 Campari calendar, featured in 12 striking shots inspired by the theme “Kiss Superstition Goodbye.”

  • The 2013 Campari calendar features Spanish actress Penelope Cruz defying various superstitions, such as black cats, broken mirrors and walking under ladders. Photo: Kristian Schuller/CampariThe 2013 Campari calendar features Spanish actress Penelope Cruz defying various superstitions, such as black cats, broken mirrors and walking under ladders. Photo: Kristian Schuller/Campari
  • January - Black Cats: In western history, black cats have often been looked upon as a symbol of evil omens, specifically suspected of being related to witches. Most of western and southern Europe considers the black cat as a symbol of bad luck, especially if one crosses paths with a person, which is believed to be an omen of misfortune. Photo: Kristian Schuller/CampariJanuary - Black Cats: In western history, black cats have often been looked upon as a symbol of evil omens, specifically suspected of being related to witches. Most of western and southern Europe considers the black cat as a symbol of bad luck, especially if one crosses paths with a person, which is believed to be an omen of misfortune. Photo: Kristian Schuller/Campari
  • February - 13 Being Unlucky: The fear of the number 13 is so pervasive that it is officially known as triskaidekaphobia. There are many thoughts as to why this belief is held including: Witches’ covens traditionally having 13 members and an old legend which says that the first person to get up from a table containing 13 people will die within the year. Photo: Kristian Schuller/CampariFebruary - 13 Being Unlucky: The fear of the number 13 is so pervasive that it is officially known as triskaidekaphobia. There are many thoughts as to why this belief is held including: Witches’ covens traditionally having 13 members and an old legend which says that the first person to get up from a table containing 13 people will die within the year. Photo: Kristian Schuller/Campari
  • March - Opening An Umbrella Indoors: One theory as to why opening an umbrella indoors brings bad luck borrows from the idea of an umbrella as a protector against the storms of life. If you open one in your home, the household guardian spirits might think you felt their protection was insufficient and they would leave, cursing your household as they go. Photo: Kristian Schuller/CampariMarch - Opening An Umbrella Indoors: One theory as to why opening an umbrella indoors brings bad luck borrows from the idea of an umbrella as a protector against the storms of life. If you open one in your home, the household guardian spirits might think you felt their protection was insufficient and they would leave, cursing your household as they go. Photo: Kristian Schuller/Campari
  • April - Broken Mirror Is Worth Seven Years Of Bad Luck: One's reflection in a mirror has traditionally been thought to be the representation of his or her soul, or spiritual state. Breaking the mirror, and therefore the person's reflection, would bring damage to their soul and spiritual hardship. Photo: Kristian Schuller/CampariApril - Broken Mirror Is Worth Seven Years Of Bad Luck: One's reflection in a mirror has traditionally been thought to be the representation of his or her soul, or spiritual state. Breaking the mirror, and therefore the person's reflection, would bring damage to their soul and spiritual hardship. Photo: Kristian Schuller/Campari
  • May - Sweeping Someone’s Feet: It was thought that a woman who couldn’t sweep a floor properly wouldn’t be a good wife and would never get married. If you swept your own feet, or someone else does it to you, it meant you were not concentrating or paying attention to what you/others are doing and are therefore not suited for marriage. Photo: Kristian Schuller/CampariMay - Sweeping Someone’s Feet: It was thought that a woman who couldn’t sweep a floor properly wouldn’t be a good wife and would never get married. If you swept your own feet, or someone else does it to you, it meant you were not concentrating or paying attention to what you/others are doing and are therefore not suited for marriage. Photo: Kristian Schuller/Campari
  • June - Hats On Beds: It was believed that evil spirits lived in the hair and that by placing your hat on the bed you would transfer the evil spirits from hair, to hat and then to the bed, thus allowing the evil spirits to get you at night. Photo: Kristian Schuller/CampariJune - Hats On Beds: It was believed that evil spirits lived in the hair and that by placing your hat on the bed you would transfer the evil spirits from hair, to hat and then to the bed, thus allowing the evil spirits to get you at night. Photo: Kristian Schuller/Campari
  • July - Bird Flying Into One’s House: Historically, when unusual incidents happened it was viewed as an urgent message falling directly from the lips of the Gods and usually a bad sign. Strange behaviour of animals was subsequently a cause for concern and wild birds that tried to get inside houses were believed to signify death. Photo: Kristian Schuller/CampariJuly - Bird Flying Into One’s House: Historically, when unusual incidents happened it was viewed as an urgent message falling directly from the lips of the Gods and usually a bad sign. Strange behaviour of animals was subsequently a cause for concern and wild birds that tried to get inside houses were believed to signify death. Photo: Kristian Schuller/Campari
  • August - Don’t Spill The Salt!: To spill salt was seen as an extraordinary waste as it was such a high value commodity, and the word ‘salary’ actually comes from the Roman tradition of paying soldiers in salt. The superstition claims bad luck will visit anyone who spills salt, and was invented specifically to deter people from wasting it. Photo: Kristian Schuller/CampariAugust - Don’t Spill The Salt!: To spill salt was seen as an extraordinary waste as it was such a high value commodity, and the word ‘salary’ actually comes from the Roman tradition of paying soldiers in salt. The superstition claims bad luck will visit anyone who spills salt, and was invented specifically to deter people from wasting it. Photo: Kristian Schuller/Campari
  • September - Step On A Crack: Historically there have been various permutations of this well know superstition: “Step on a crack, break your mother's back” or “Step on a crack and you'll be abducted by bears”, as well as the belief that the number of cracks you step on will correspond to the number of dishes you'll break that day. Photo: Kristian Schuller/CampariSeptember - Step On A Crack: Historically there have been various permutations of this well know superstition: “Step on a crack, break your mother's back” or “Step on a crack and you'll be abducted by bears”, as well as the belief that the number of cracks you step on will correspond to the number of dishes you'll break that day. Photo: Kristian Schuller/Campari
  • October - Picture Falling Off The Wall: Traditionally, if a picture of someone specific and/or of significance falls off the wall, it was thought that someone you know will die soon. Photo: Kristian Schuller/CampariOctober - Picture Falling Off The Wall: Traditionally, if a picture of someone specific and/or of significance falls off the wall, it was thought that someone you know will die soon. Photo: Kristian Schuller/Campari
  • November - Horseshoes: To hang the horse shoe with the ends pointing upwards has long since been considered good luck as it acts as a storage container of sorts for any good luck that happens to be floating by. However, to hang it with the ends pointing downwards is viewed as bad luck as all the good luck will fall out. Photo: Kristian Schuller/CampariNovember - Horseshoes: To hang the horse shoe with the ends pointing upwards has long since been considered good luck as it acts as a storage container of sorts for any good luck that happens to be floating by. However, to hang it with the ends pointing downwards is viewed as bad luck as all the good luck will fall out. Photo: Kristian Schuller/Campari
  • December - Walking Under A Ladder: One origin of this superstition is in relation to the similarities between a ladder leaning against a wall and a gallows. Anything associated with a gallows is traditionally considered ill luck, so walking under one - or a ladder that looked like one - is not advisable. Photo: Kristian Schuller/CampariDecember - Walking Under A Ladder: One origin of this superstition is in relation to the similarities between a ladder leaning against a wall and a gallows. Anything associated with a gallows is traditionally considered ill luck, so walking under one - or a ladder that looked like one - is not advisable. Photo: Kristian Schuller/Campari

The glorious Spanish diva is the center subject of the 2013 Campari calendar amazingly shot by fashion Paris-based photographer Kristian Schuller (check out all the sizzling shots from the gallery above.)

Kristian comments on the shoot: “Campari has a history of creating powerful and visually-stunning imagery, both in its advertising campaigns and the Calendar.”

The photographer also mentioned: “My intention was to continue this story of success by pushing the boundaries even further which I feel we have achieved.

“It is magnificent to work with someone as talented as Penelope, who truly embodied the theme for the latest edition of the Calendar by bringing her flair and versatility to the set,” he added.

Penelope Cruz, one of the most beautiful actresses, appears in a red-hot calendar by alcohol brand Campari. She joins some fabulous women who have been on the pages of previous Campari calendars, including Salma Hayek, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Milla Jovovich, and Olga Kurylenko.

The calendar consists of 13 vivid shots which present a femme fatale Penelope Cruz. “Kiss Superstition Goodbye” is the one of the Campari Calendar themes, in which the Spanish actress challenges various superstitions and poses with black cats, among broken mirrors and walks under ladders.

“The theme itself is intense, captivating and chic,” says Penelope Cruz.”I found the superstitious theme extremely intriguing and stimulating.”

It is also worth mentioning another theme that definitely comes across the whole calendar: “The Lady in Red.”

On the pages of the calendar Penelope shines in various stunning scarlet dresses from top fashion houses including Vivienne Westwood, Monique Lhuillier and Ferragamo, as well as jewellery by Chopard.

It was announced in July that Cruz was to become the 14th star face of the world famous calendar for 2013, as The Daily Mail writes. The Campari Calendar 2013, of which only 9,999 copies are printed, will not go on sale but will be distributed to friends of Campari internationally.

The promotion of the calendar has already begunin Milan, Italy, where Penelope drew all the attention in her oxblood coloured gown.

Spanish beauty was wearing her hear in a very elegant and classic side do, she had dark eye make-up and deep red coloured lips. The whole image looked finished with simple accessories: a pair of silver drop earrings and a wedding ring sparking on her finger.

In her interview with the Brisbane Times Penelope, who is married to the actor Javier Bardem, spoke about her new found family happiness and claimed that becoming a mother to one-year-old son Leo has made her life completely different.

“From the moment you have a child everything changes, everything. You look at the world in a completely different way through your child’s eyes. It’s everything you’ve heard about, but it’s so many other things as well.”

The stills from Penelope’s calendar were released on Wednesday and she stuns in each image. Every picture tells a story of a daring and beautiful woman ready to strike!

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