Tupac Shakur photographed by David McLean during Milan Fashion Week, June 1996.
The Versace shows always had the best guests. Milan was a rock and roll circus, and Versace was always at the top of it. I knew Tupac was in town and would be walking in the show, so I just waited outside to get his picture. And sure enough, afterwards, he came down the road – Via Gesù – with one bodyguard, wearing this incredible leather outfit. At the time, Tupac was famous in America but he wasn’t really famous in Italy. But some people just have an aura, they stand out from the crowd. Tupac was very sexy, very attractive: he was wearing this fierce Versace waistcoat with his tattoos and beautiful eyelashes. That’s what the aura was. I ran after him, and I got three shots. I developed them and noticed that, in one of the images, he looked very pensive. And it did make me wonder what he was thinking about. He’d just walked the show, and then he’d left. A few months later, he was dead.
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