EYE CANDY

Mario Testino’s Best Porno Chic Moments

Up Street Magazine
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Mario Testino might be one of fashion’s biggest photographers, but you won’t find much in the way of clothing in the Peruvian photographer’s new exhibition and tome with Taschen, both out in July and fittingly titled Undressed. Each collects two decades’s worth of Testino’s photos showcasing the naked body, and thereby paying tribute to the legendary photographer Helmut Newton, whose foundation is hosting the exhibition in Berlin, and whom Testino has said “showed me I could be myself.” (He’s also found the fact that Newton died on assignment to be a handy defense when it comes to the topic of his constant 14-hour work days.) Sir, Testino’s previous sexy release, focused entirely on men, but this time around, it’s women like Kate Moss, Amber Valletta, and Linda Evangelista, plus Freja Beja (and her nipple piercing) cozying up to Arizona Muse, who steal the show as Testino’s impeccably toned, tattooed, and often unshaven nudes. They’re not alone: Carine Roitfeld, who was Testino’s original partner in crime in what was then called “porno chic,” also shows up in a Q&A that touches on the pair’s sex lives and penchant for glamorously veering on the edge of vulgarity. (This is, after all, the man who’s convinced even Anna Wintour to be a part of his infamous “Towel Series“.) Take a look through Undressed, here.

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Mario Testino, Marisa Miller, Vogue Italia, Paris, 2000.

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Mario Testino, Los Angeles, 1996.

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Mario Testino, Philippe, Upstreet, Paris, 2000.

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Mario Testino, Paris, Vogue Hommes International, 1999.

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Mario Testino, James Gooding and Donovan Lietch, Los Angeles, 1999.

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Mario Testino, Vogue Paris, Paris, 20001.

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Mario Testino, Marina Dias, The Face, Paris, 2000.