Chandalier was personally chosen by world renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino to pose for his 50 pages article “Extreme World” for the British VMan Magazine (issue #12, Winter 2008). It all started as an email from his assistant Jemima Hobson which I naturally ignored thinking it was a joke from some friends of mine pulling my leg but low and behold the next day another email came in and then a phone call. At this point I started believing that this was true and after a few days I was booked to be in Los Angeles to pose for him and the VMan Magazine. It was a day I will never forget. The shoot was in the beautiful Miauhaus Studios in Los Angeles. We arrived (a true diva always has an entourage) and were welcomed warmly and assigned a private dressing room. While I was getting ready Mario Testino came to introduce himself personally and take some pictures with his Leica camera for his own archive. He is such a down to earth guy and we had a little talk about the shoot. Lunch time came and we all ate outdoors under tents (yes Mario Testino too). I was wearing make-up already and he was surprised about the transformation. In the afternoon I posed for the shoot and with him for my archive too. Everything was so professional without any drama considering a lot of talents, sets and assistants were involved.
After a few weeks they sent me a couple of magazines via mail but I also found copies at Barnes & Noble. There I was, in my own spread photographed by a world famous artist who has shot fashion stories for Vogue, V, Gucci, and Vanity Fair. Celebrity subjects have most famously included Diana, Princess of Wales and her sons. Other subjects have included many actresses such as Kim Basinger, Emma Watson, Cameron Diaz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, models such as Tyra Banks, Claudia Schiffer, Gisele Bündchen, Elizabeth Hurley, and Kate Moss, performers such as Janet Jackson, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Kristen Stewart, Britney Spears, and Lady Gaga, and public figures like Baroness Thatcher. Living in London, he continues to photograph the British Royal Family as well as contributing to the image development of Burberry, Gucci, Zara, Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Estée Lauder, Valentino and Versace and now Chandalier……lucky me.
Men playing women, women playing men – this Starz Originals special takes a playful look at some of the most daring cross-sexual performances in Hollywood history, from ‘Some Like it Hot‘ to ‘Mrs. Doubtfire‘ to ‘Big Momma’s House‘.
Chandalier is featured in the opening sigla from shaving to applying make-up. The production company (Prometheus Entertainment in Los Angeles) under Kim Sheerin, Co-Executive Producer, made this shoot fun and very professional. Although it was a very hot day in LA and the air conditioner b roke, we all pulled through beautifully.