V Legends: Mario Testino

V Legends: Mario Testino

FOR THE 100TH ISSUE, V PAYS HOMAGE TO THE EDITORS, IMAGE-MAKERS, AND RULE-BREAKERS WHO HAVE SHAPED THE MAGAZINE. YOU CAN CALL THEM LEGENDS. WHILE MARIO TESTINO HAS MADE A NAME FOR HIMSELF TAKING ICONIC IMAGES OF CELEBRITIES (INCLUDING BRITNEY SPEARS FOR V100), THE FAMED PHOTOGRAPHER HAS ANOTHER FORTE: MAKING MODELS SUPER

FOR THE 100TH ISSUE, V PAYS HOMAGE TO THE EDITORS, IMAGE-MAKERS, AND RULE-BREAKERS WHO HAVE SHAPED THE MAGAZINE. YOU CAN CALL THEM LEGENDS. WHILE MARIO TESTINO HAS MADE A NAME FOR HIMSELF TAKING ICONIC IMAGES OF CELEBRITIES (INCLUDING BRITNEY SPEARS FOR V100), THE FAMED PHOTOGRAPHER HAS ANOTHER FORTE: MAKING MODELS SUPER

Photography: Mario Testino

Text: William Defebaugh

Though his V portfolio is prolific in terms of subjects (if you have any doubt, simply count the number of times his name appears throughout our archives), when looking through Mario Testino’s multitude of contributions to the magazine, his supermodel stories stand out. From his V14 Linda Evangelista story to his V41 golden girls moment and his sexy summer swimsuit six-cover special for V59, Testino’s stories are proof that the models he finds have an unfailing tendency to ascend to a category of superwomen. While some photographers make models into mannequins and choose to focus only on the fashion, Testino’s images read as fun, sexy stories that are actually about the women he pictures. He adores a model with personality, and the feelings are clearly mutual. As the man who pretty much invented Gisele and made skin stylish, it’s not surprising that Testino’s archive has come to stand out as a symbol that fashion can be more than beautiful, it can be sexy as well. With his endless catalogue (including his famous Lady Diana pictures), Testino has proven to be one of the world’s most sought-after photographers, and his work in V is a testament to why. Click through the slideshow above for a sampling of Testino's work with supermodels from throughout V's archive.

This is an excerpt from V Legends: a special supplement to V100. To read the full compendium, order your copy of V100 here, or pick up your copy of the issue on stands March 8th.

GISELE BUNDCHEN STYLED BY NICOLA FORMICHETTI FOR V54.

FREJA BEHA, DARIA WERBOWY, AND GEMMA WARD STYLED BY ANDREW RICHARDSON FOR V41.

GISELE BUNDCHEN STYLED BY NICOLA FORMICHETTI FOR V54.

 LINDA EVANGELISTA STYLED BY CARINE ROITFELD FOR V14.

CLAUDIA SCHIFFER STYLED BY BEAT BOLLIGER FOR V59.

DARIA WERBOWY STYLED BY BEAT BOLLIGER FOR V59.

GISELE BUNDCHEN STYLED BY BEAT BOLLIGER FOR V59.

NAOMI CAMPBELL STYLED BY BEAT BOLLIGER FOR V59.

KATE MOSS STYLED BY BEAT BOLLIGER FOR V59.

EVA HERZIGOVA STYLED BY BEAT BOLLIGER FOR V59.

RIHANNA AND KATE MOSS STYLED BY MELANE WARD FOR V82.

LARA STONE STYLED BY CARINE ROITFELD FOR V73.

EMILY DIDONATO AND SEAN O'PRY STYLED BY SARAJANE HOARE FOR V90.

LARA STONE STYLED BY CARINE ROITFELD FOR V73.

JOAN SMALLS AND AURELIEN MULLER STYLED BY SARAJANE HOARE FOR V90.

ADRIANA LIMA AND DOUTZEN KROES STYLED BY NICOLA FORMICHETTI FOR V76.

NAOMI CAMPBELL STYLED BY BEAT BOLLIGER FOR V59.

KATE MOSS STYLED BY ALEX WHITE FOR V16.

GISELE BUNDCHEN STYLED BY BEAT BOLLIGER FOR V59.

DARIA WERBOWY STYLED BY SARAJANE HOARE FOR V64.

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