US Vogue – Mario Testino – Kenya

Photographer: Mario Testino

Talent: Lupita Nyongo

Make Up Artist: Nick Barose

Location: Kenya

Photo Production: Baker & Co

Shot in the second biggest city in Kenya, Kisumu is the home of Lupita Nyongo. We visited her in and around her humble beginnings. With a full fashion crew out of London and New York descending on what is essentially a sleepy rural village made for many excited kids and village locals. In true Testino fashion he worked the environment as if he had lived there all his life. Testino’s charisma encapsulated the locals, Lupita and her family. Lupita eased into the shoot, getting on with Testino wasn’t difficult and  the pictures are proof of that. Traveling to beautiful locations to capture these images made for an amazing trip on roads less traveled. Kit Mikayi was a hit with both the crew and the locals. Its an impressive rock formation 23km outside the main town of Kisumu. With various religious practices taking place everyday at Kit Mikayi. Its a location held dear to many locals in the area. Team Vogue had an amazing, different and humbling experience, definitely one for the books.