Mario Testino Tried to Convince Editors to Accept Gisele Bündchen’s Nose, Waist, and Breasts


The summer blockbuster of fashion books may be Mario Testino's photographic ode to Kate Moss, Kate Moss by Mario Testino. Taschen will publish only 1,500 signed copies, which will each cost $472. Testino promoted the book last week at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where all kinds of fashionable things are happening lately. The Peruvian photographer treated the celebrity-starved city to some gossip on their favorite celebrity Bostonian, Gisele Bündchen, who seems to land in the local papers every time she sneezes.

He also recalled meeting fellow South American Gisele Bündchen at the end of the grunge-waif era and trying to convince editors to use her. “It was, ‘Uh, no, the nose, the waist, the breasts.’ They saw problems everywhere,” he said. “A year later, everyone wanted her.”

Without a book about Gisele coming out, he returned to Moss gossip:

[H]is enduring connection has been to Moss, whom he met when she was 14 and crying backstage over getting only one runway look in a John Galliano show.

Testino and Moss seem to have something in common, and that is a distaste for the plebeian life. "I can’t just have one fabulous thing, I need a hundred,” he added. “That’s why I am always working.”