When legendary fashion photographer Mario Testino asks you to strip, you don’t question it.
That’s what Cody Simpson imparted in a Thursday conversation with HuffPost Live’s Caitlyn Becker, reflecting on his recent experiences shooting Testino’s iconic Towel Series alongside supermodel girlfriend Gigi Hadid.
“It was a weird scenario,” Simpson recalled. “We were shooting Vogue with Mario, and at the end of the day he was like, ‘Cody, take off your clothes. I’ll put a towel around you.'”
The singer got on board when Hadid urged him to play along.
“Gigi was like, ‘Babe, this is the Towel Series!'” he continued. “I was like, ‘Okay, alright, I’m in.’ I’m not a male model, that’s not what I do at all. I’m a musician, and people start judging me on my looks and everything now — that’s kind of weird.”
The teen pop star had been participating in Vogue’s “Hollywood’s New Rat Pack” shoot alongside such celebs as Kendall Jenner, Ansel Elgort and Justin Bieber. A Testino side project hadn’t been on the docket, but luckily Simpson had Hadid at his side to help him strike the right pose.
“She’s a pro at that stuff,” he said. “And I was in there, and he [Testino] kept pushing the towel smaller. It started off like, more of my thigh, and then he pushed it down. We wearing clothes underneath the towel, but it looks pretty … pretty funny.”
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