On Wednesday, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle joined the scores of fashion insiders paying tribute to legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh, who died on Tuesday at the age of 74.
“His work is revered globally for capturing the essence of a subject and promoting healthy ideals of beauty, eschewing photoshopping, and preferring natural beauty with minimal makeup,” a post on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s official Instagram account reads.
“The Duchess of Sussex had worked with Peter in the past and personally chose him to shoot the 15 women on the cover for the September issue of British Vogue, which she guest edited. There is no other photographer she considered to bring this meaningful project to life.”
In fact, according to the British Vogue team, it was Lindbergh’s iconic January 1990 cover for the publication — starring supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz and Christy Turlington — that served as a reference for Markle’s “Forces for Change”-themed issue.
“My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!’” the late photog told the glossy at the time, adding, “I hate retouching, I hate make-up. I always say, ‘Take the make-up off!’ The number of beautiful women who have asked me to lengthen their legs or move their eyes further apart … You would not believe. It’s a culture of madness.”
“Forces for Change,” featuring the likes of Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda and Jameela Jamil along with Turlington, marked one of Lindbergh’s final published projects.
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