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He is Known through his work for fashion magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair and traveled the world to shoot numerous celebrities and royalty. Peruvian fashion photographer Mario Testino is an internationally recognized name and, early this year, he received an honorary OBE award (Order of the British Empire) by the hands of UK minister for culture Ed Vaizey.
"I arrived in London from Peru in 1976 and it was here that I found my profession and a world of opportunities that I could never have imagined", said Testino during the ceremony.
In 1997, Diana Princess of Wales, employed him for her photo shoot in Vanity Fair, which was a milestone for his career. Ever since, the British Royal family has employed him several times. Among the people he photographed throughout his career are names like Kylie Minogue, Kate Moss, Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lady Gaga, just to name a few. It is said that it was his passion to shoot Gisele Bündchen that turned her into the international Super model she is today.
Mario Testino is also known for his philanthropic work and his contribution to Save the Children as well as Elton John's AIDS foundation.