What happens when you pair a reality-TV siren with one of the most highly regarded photographers in the world? Here’s a behind-the-scenes glimpse: On set at Bruce Weber’s beachfront home in low-key Golden Beach, Florida, newly pregnant Kim Kardashian transformed into the exotic Tahitian princess Weber had envisaged, moving from his guest house to his garden and backyard beach (with paparazzi silently lurking, of course). Just as the sun began to set on the Atlantic, the photographer’s shaded gunite pool served as the backdrop for the final shot—an image that ultimately became one of our two spring covers.
Later in the evening, Kardashian sat down with entrepreneur and former Warhol darling Cornelia Guest—who, like Kardashian, knows a thing or two about living in the cultural spotlight. For their on-camera interview, the two headed to C. Madeleine’s, a 10,000-square-foot vintage showroom on Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami Beach. From ’30s-era furs to exotic-skin bags and everything couture in between, C. Madeleine’s is a bona fide fashion wonderland—and it also happens to be one of Weber’s favorite hunting grounds for unique pieces to use on set. (Guest was so taken by the store that she ended up falling in love with—and taking home—a sharp Thierry Mugler suit.) During their chat, Kardashian opened up about the experience of working with Weber for the first time. “I’ve been such a huge fan of his work for so long,” she said. “It was just such a dream come true.”