- LIMEI HOANG
Kendall Jenner Covers Vogue India, Balmain x L'Oréal Paris
Kendall Jenner is the cover star of the latest issue of Vogue India, guest-edited by Mario Testino.
The photographer's collaboration with Vogue India forms part of the title's 10th anniversary celebrations. The issue also features Bollywood actors Katrina Kaif and Sushant Singh Rajput, fashion stories that mix India's local talent with international models and a collaboration between Testino and artists Mithu Sen and Thukral & Tagra.
Testino said he was influenced by India's people, art and colours for the issue.“I wanted to bring my world truly to this amazing nation by shooting the issue in India. I wanted it to stay true to the Indian spirit,” he said.
Vogue India editor Priya Tanna called Testino's vision "a fresh perspective on the familiar ... Mario Testino is to fashion what Milan is to fashion weeks — simply indispensable," she said. "I’ve always admired Mario’s repertoire. So to work with him, and share his creative vision was nothing short of spectacular."
Testino's Kendall Jenner cover shoot, which was shot at the Samode Palace outside Jaipur, serves a purpose beyond the magazine. A print from the shoot will be sold as a limited edition to raise funds for actress Freida Pinto's charity Girl Rising, a global campaign that promotes young girls' empowerment through education.
"Freida Pinto and I both spoke last year at BoF's VOICES," Testino revealed. "She talked about her charity work with Girl Rising India, and was passionate about its mission educating girls in her home country and, through education, improving their quality of life.
"I can relate to this with my own endeavours in Peru," he continued. "My experience in India gave me so much — I want to give back."
Just 500 editions of the print will be sold via Testino's website. The latest issue of Vogue India will be on sale from May 4.