“For the 1990 issue, we shot in St. Vincent. I noticed this huge piece of driftwood floating and we dragged it up on the beach. I took a shot of Rachel Hunter with the driftwood, and we went back to New York and they told me they wanted me to go back down. The original was shot in 35 millimeter, and they wanted me to shoot it in 4-by-5, which gives you a sharper image, and they wanted me to get the clouds differently. So back we went. Rachel Hunter was not available, so we took Ashley Richardson and the wood was still on the beach. The photo became a four-page foldout, with Ashley Richardson lying on this humongous piece of driftwood.”
I fondly remember that four-page foldout. But I feel kind of bad for Rachel, since it sounds like she missed out on it. So I’m happy to see an additional pic of Rachel accompanies the story!
The anecdote is apparently in 50 Years of Beautiful, which by accounts I’ve heard is a pretty massive, high-quality piece of work. And the cover girl, according to the Bellazon freckle forensics squad, is Nina Agdal.