Editor Anna Wintour is quietly but persuasively campaigning to land the Duchess of Cambridge for the cover of US Vogue, the New York Post reported Monday.
Sources told the Post that Wintour has been appealing to famed photographer Mario Testino, a close friend of the British royals, to reach out to the elegant newlywed to shoot her for the fashion bible.
There has been huge competition to land the first big cover shoot with Catherine, who married Prince William in April.
One source said, “Anna has been speaking to Mario about winning over Kate. She is really pressing him to shoot Kate for the cover.”
Peruvian-born Testino is famed for his iconic photographs of Diana, Princess of Wales, and has remained a close family friend, photographing William, his brother, Prince Harry, and father Prince Charles. Testino also took William and Catherine’s official engagement photo.
Another source said, “Every magazine has been trying to get Kate, and many assume it will eventually be Vogue. But even with the Mario Testino relationship, it is not clear when this will happen. The palace must approve it, and they are very protective of Kate.”
The duchess turned down the chance to be a British Vogue cover girl before her wedding.
Reps for Vogue, Mario Testino and Buckingham Palace declined to comment.