Zayn Malik’s Indian fans are going crazy over a latest cover shoot and interview which he gave for Elle India magazine. Zayn can be seen in a cropped hair cut, flaunting his piercings and tattoos in a Tommy Hilfiger cricket jumper. This is the first time ever that the British-Pakistani singer has appeared in an Indian magazine.

Elle’s fashion editor, Rahul Vijay oversaw the styling and conducted the interview of the former One Direction band member. Revealing the idea behind the look, Vijay said that he tried to keep the mood true to the singer’s ‘rock n roll’ personality.

He went on to talk about how he did not know much about Zayn before. “I hadn’t heard his music before… I just knew of him as a pop star who was dating Gigi Hadid. I would sometimes play his tracks in preparation for the shoot while doing call-ins.”

Speaking of the wardrobe, Rahul shared, “The white cricket sweater from the Hilfiger Collection with the neck adjusted to show off his tattoos seemed like an appropriate cover image. It’s preppy.”

The editor also revealed that before the interview, he was not aware how popular Zayn was in India and how ‘Indian’ Zayn himself is. “He loves Indian food and claims his mom makes the best Indian food around,” Rahul further stated.

According to Vijay, Zayn’s favorite Bollywood actor is Shah Rukh Khan and he has even made his model girlfriend, Gigi Hadid, watch Devdas with him. Zayn had met Shah Rukh Khan back in 2015 at the Asian Awards and the latter had shared a selfie with the singer which made rounds on the internet. Shah Rukh’s caption read as, “This kid is so cool. May Allah bless him. Dinner time at the Asian Awards.

Elle India February issue featuring Zayn in scheduled to hit the stands soon.