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Kaling tweeted a behind-the-scenes video from her shoot, jokingly adding that her fashion sensibilities and those of Vogue led to "an experiment in contrasting desires."
TODAY.com got Kaling to dish the backstory behind the tweet, and what she was hoping to don for her spread.
"The video was sort of the wonderful stylist Sara Moonves trying to make me look elegant and simple," Kaling told us. "I'm like, 'Let me wear pasties and a tutu! Don't try to make me not wear that.'"
Watch the video to hear more about Kaling's experience behind the scenes at Vogue.
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