Mario Testino on Gisele: "Nobody Liked Her, Nobody Wanted Her"
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Mario and his model masterpiece, Gisele.
In a new interview with The Observer, the Peruvian fashion photographer says that he was an early supporter of the Brazilian bombshell, who was criticized for her looks as a young model. Hard to believe, right?
"Nobody liked her, nobody wanted her," says Testino, who also admits snapping Anna Wintour's passport photo for her.
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"I had to fight to get her into my stories because nobody thought she was right—too this, too that, the nose, the breasts, the waist. But I believe in being obsessed, in getting obsessed."
Luckily for Gisele, Testino's obsession helped transform her into the world's highest-paid supermodel.
Surely that's worth a thank you card?