She also thanked the “brave folks at Vogue CZ for daring to do” the cover.
The picture ran without any filters or photo editing.
“As soon as it came out, Twitter was like, ‘Well, fine, retouch [the photos] and then sure, they’ll look fine,'” she said, adding, “It’s like, no, no, no … it was Marie [Tomonova’s] photography! Obviously, you know, you could take a much worse picture than that of me, but you wouldn’t want to see that on the cover, right?”
She also says she didn’t know the picture was going to land on the cover.
“I just thought we were screwing around, quite frankly,” she said. “You know, we were all just hanging out, speaking Czech, having a good time taking some pictures … I figured we’d have a page or two in the back of Vogue.”
The cover, she likes to emphasize, comes “exactly four decades” after her first German Vogue cover.
“My very first Vogue cover was in May 1981, and it was an extreme close-up on my face,” she told the publication.