By Quinn Connors
For Vogue Paris April 2013, guest star and photographer Mario Testino took us to his homeland to see the history, culture and beauty of Peru. Vogue Paris discovered the best restaurants, bars and shops from the beaches of Lima to the historical Cuzco, as well as the breath-taking scenery that plays a huge part in the country's identity. Within the April issue, models Isabeli Fontana, Aymeline Valade, Erin Wasson, Kasia Struss, Kate Moss and more strike a pose, surrounded by gorgeous sites atop Machu Picchu and among Inca ruins, or along the legendary geoglyphs in the Nazca desert.
Flipping through the issue, see cover girl Isabeli Fontana alongside Aymeline Valade, as the two models embody the styles and personalities found in Peru for Mario Testino. Kasia Struss is also found in the glossy pages as she appears in an editorial dedicated to the Peruvian mountain style, wearing denim, knits, colourful layers and folky jewels. In the last portion of Testino's fashion triptych, Erin Wasson draws inspiration from German archaeologist Maria Reiche and searches the Nazca desert for insight into the mysterious geoglyphs of stylized hummingbirds, monkeys, dogs and other animals, carved into the earth. Don't miss our exclusive video of life behind the scenes on this desert shoot. And, the issue starring Mario Testino wouldn't be complete without an appearance by his longtime friend, Kate Moss. Testino first met Moss backstage after her first John Galliano runway show when he went to congratulate the young model and found her in tears, upset over her runway walk. 15 years later, the photographer and model are still fashion superpowers, and together, created an editorial spread that exudes Lima's artistic lifestyle.
See our gallery below with some of the models featured in the April Peru issue, and exclusive behind the scenes shots of Peruvian sights seen, dishes tasted and places visited from our photo journal while Vogue Paris toured the South American country. And for even more Peruvian insight, visit our Peru channel on Vogue.fr for more on Mario Testino's homeland, with special shopping and fashion features, interviews, a travel guide and more.