Calvin Klein has announced that both Irish Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan and Kenyan-Mexican Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o are the faces of their new perfume campaign.

The actresses will feature in the ads for Calvin Klein Women where director Anne Collier has chosen to highlight both iconic women and modern-day heroines.

The campaign features beautiful colourful portrait shots of the actresses next to monochrome images of women throughout history who have inspired them.

"Award-winning actors and voices of their generation, both women are universally recognized for their unique talent, creativity, intelligence and strength of character," a statement from Calvin Klein said. 

The company's Chief Creative Officer, Raf Simons, added: "With this fragrance, we wanted to put the concept of plurality center stage.

"The campaign is an exploration of femininity - a group of women bonded by a common thread; the desire to have the power to create their own identity, and to support and lead the way for those that come after them."

In the print and TV ads Lupita and Saoirse are featured next to chosen figures from the past who have inspired them: – Saoirse will appear with award-winning actress Sissy Spacek and singer/civil rights activist Nina Simone. Lupita is pictured beside performer Eartha Kitt and legendary actress Katharine Hepburn.

The news comes just a week after Saoirse was announced as the cover star for the August edition of Vogue - read more here.