Unbeaten racehorse Black Caviar has hit newsstands in Australia — as the cover model of Vogue’s December issue.
Usually the domain of supermodels and actresses, this is the first time in Vogue Australia’s 53-year history that a horse has starred on the magazine’s cover.
Black Caviar, or Nelly as she’s known at home, has won 22 races in a row. She was photographed by Benny Horne for the cover alongside Australian model Julia Nobis.
And due to the massive interest in the mare, the magazine has even been forced to bring its on sale date forward — to 2 November, the eve of Derby Day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival in Australia.
The feature inside has an interview with the mare’s trainer Peter Moody and her owners, as well as more photos of Nelly.
In her editor’s letter in the magazine, Vogue editor-in-chief Edwina McCann writes: “Black Caviar certainly knows when the lens is focused on her, and it’s terrific to celebrate her beauty, rather than just her speed.”
Black Caviar was last seen on the racetrack when she ran, and won, in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. She was later found to have sustained an injury during the race and had the summer off, with the aim of running her again next year, if she is ready.