Exclusive: "Culo" Photographer On Snapping Nicole Scherzinger's Buff Booty, "We Wanted [Her] To Feel Natural..."

Wednesday, Dec 14, 2011 1:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

With rap mogul Diddy and Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine's new, eye-catching Culo book in stores for the holidays, SOHH reached out to photographer Raphael Mazzucco to find out how they managed to get music stars like Nicole Scherzinger and Fergie to bare their bums on camera.

Taking pride in his art, Mazzucco said the featured women understood his, Diddy and Iovine's concept for the photo collection.

"It's sort of the nature of the beast in a way when you put people like Sean [Diddy] together and Jimmy together and with me being a photographer for 20 years, shooting beautiful women. When you add all of those elements, I think the combination is incredible because through that, you have a lot of different viewpoints and for the people that participated or wanted to participate are really excited. The whole viewpoint from the beginning was to make this 'art' book, to do art shows around the world and make a collector's book. We just wanted them to feel very natural and be really happy and enjoy it. From that point of view, we received a lot of great spirit, which is probably one of the most important elements of the book, to make the girl feel comfortable and want to be there. Some places were more difficult than others as far as time goes but with people like Nicole and Fergie, their schedules were so busy but we managed. We were very fortunate that they would give us their time." (SOHH)

A few weeks ago, reports claimed Scherzinger blushed after shots of her Culo went public.

Global Grind had a little mouse inside Soho House LA last night and we got word that guys were passing around a Nicole Scherzinger nude photo, who also happened to be at Soho House. Nicole was unaware of what was going on in her presence, and guys were foaming at the mouth. Finally, one of the more courageous men stepped up and showed her his iPhone and although she has beautiful brown skin, she turned bright red. Nicole didn't even seem to know that her a** was out there, aside from her one recent Culo by Mazzucco photo. After her initial reaction, she took it with ease and Nicole remained kind and gracious to the men. She may have even made their evenings as the guys got a treat; hanging out with Nicole. (Global Grind)

The singer joins other pop stars like Grammy-winning artist Lady Gaga who are featured in Culo.

The X Factor USA judge and former Pussycat Dolls singer was among a host of stars including Lady Gaga and Irina Shayk to strip of for the new release, Culo. It features a collection of 248 photographs to celebrate the female backside. (Daily Mail UK)

Details of Culo's concept hit the Internet earlier this year.

He's gone by various names, including Sean John Combs, Puff Daddy and P.Diddy, among others. Rapper, recording executive, clothing designer, producer and ex-boyfriend of Jennifer Lopez, are just a few of the many hats he wears. Now, Diddy adds "author" to his list of accomplishments with the publishing of his new book, "Culo." Combs collaborated with Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine and fashion photographer Raphael Mazzucco to bring us a 248-page coffee table book about, what else? Women's backsides. (FOX News Latino)

Check out a recent Raphael Mazzucco interview below:

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