Gisele Bundchen graces the cover of ‘s October issue, but at first glance, you may not realize that it’s her. The supermodel is totally unrecognizable as she channels Italian singer Mina Mazzini in the image.
The Brazilian beauty rocks an auburn wig and sports dramatic smoky makeup with a bold red lip, a Dior dress and hoop earrings on the cover, which celebrates the 60th career anniversary of the legendary artist.
“We wanted to celebrate not only Mina the performer but also Mina the extraordinary creator and influencer of style, and her impact on fashion, on beauty, on pop culture,” said the magazine’s editor in chief Emanuele Farneti of the new issue.
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Sharing the cover on her own Instagram page, the 38-year-old model wrote, “It’s always fun when I get to play different roles while modeling and feel what is like to look completely different. Thank you to my sweet friends @luigiandiango @gb65 @efarneti @patti_wilson @danielhernandezdh and @ginaedwards_ for making me look like the most iconic italian singer of all times for a day @mina_mazzini_official.”
Photographers Luigi and Iango took the picture and felt so honored. They wrote on Instagram, “A VOGUE tribute to The most Iconic Italian singer of all time: Mina @mina_mazzini_official What could be the most beautiful gift: our first @vogueitalia cover with our favorite model and best friend @gisele transformed as the legendary Mina Thank you so much @vogueitalia @efarneti @gb65 @kevintekinel for believing on us for this amazing project @gisele for your participation to this transformation.”
Luigi and Iango suggested that Bundchen watch videos of Mazzini’s performances to draw inspiration for mannerisms and expressions during the photo shoot.
Farneti added about the issue dedicated to Mazzini, “Mina’s camp came to us last year, telling us how they loved the idea of a 60th-anniversary collaboration with Vogue Italia. We thought it would be interesting to celebrate not so much Mina the performer as Mina the extraordinary creator and influencer of style, and her impact on fashion, on beauty, on pop culture. We asked a number of photographers and stylists, both Italian and international, to reference her image. The result is an incredibly varied special issue, which shows how rich her imagination is, and how contemporary – there is nothing ‘vintagey’ in this project.”