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Kate Hudson’s Wild African Photo Shoot – Pictures

Here’s a sneak peek at the making of Kate Hudson‘s new ad campaign in Africa – what the star had to say about everything from hair care to lion cubs!

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Hudson headed to Africa with famed photographer Peter Lindbergh to shoot the ad campaign for her new eco-friendly haircare line, David Babaii for WildAid (done in partnership with her longtime hairdresser). She says of Babaii,

“We have a blast together. I’m just lucky to have him as my companion while I travel and work.”

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Hudson, whose line will donate 10 percent of all sales to WildAid, shares camera time with a cheetah.

“I really have a thing about natural product. It’s very difficult to make things that are completely organic and sustainable. David and I got so excited about making something like that. Making something conscious and making it good.”

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Of the shoot, Hudson said that working with a cheetah was…

“the most fun. He was purring. I remember listening to it and [asking], ‘Should I be running right now because his purr sounds more like a growl?’ But they’re like, ‘No. He’s just super happy.’ And I got really comfortable with it. And I would literally lay on the cheetah. It was really pretty cool.”

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The self-described “low-maintenance” star credits Babaii with keeping her blonde locks looking fabulous. “I’m really not good at doing my own hair,” she admits, relying on “sleep and water” to look good otherwise.

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At the wildlife preserve, mom Hudson also bonded with some little ones – lion cubs!

“Even though they’re babies, they are lions. They were very sweet. I would put them on their back and rub their tummy. And they would love it!”

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