Australian model Adut Akech stuns in UK Vogue’s February cover

An Australian model landed a groundbreaking British Vogue cover, wearing a sultry and brooding ensemble from Louis Vuitton.

Australian model Adut Akech performed British Vogue ‘Fashion Now’ cover for February, in a stunning all-black set.

The 22-year-old wore a spectacular Louis Vuitton dress and jacket with pointy heels by Gianvito Rossi, in the captivating image taken by Rafael Pavarotti.

The issue featured two covers – one with Akech and one where she was joined by eight other prominent African models: Anok Yai, Majesty Amare, Amar Akway, Janet Jumbo, Maty Fall, Nyagua Ruea, Abény Nhial and Akon Changkou.

Cover presentation on British Vogue, the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful said the shoot was a “time to reflect” on how fashion has become more inclusive “in the past few relatively short years,” while championing African beauty and black.

“They may all be citizens of the world these days, but each of these brilliant role models is of African descent,” he writes.

“The rise of African representation in modeling is not just a question of symbolism, nor even of simple standards of beauty. It is about the rise of a continent.

“It’s about economy, access, culture, perspective, difference and wonder. And he’s here to stay.

Born in South Sudan and raised in Kenya, Akech’s family sought asylum in Australia, which later saw them move to Adelaide when she was seven. After being spotted multiple times by model agents as a teenager, she signed with the famous Chadwick models when she was just 16 years old.

Internationally, she made her runway debut for French luxury brand Saint Laurent during her Spring / Summer 2017 runway for Paris Fashion Week and Akech has since walked for many designers including Tom Ford, Prada, Versace, Burberry and Calvin Klein.

The Fashion Now issue is Akech’s second time on a British Vogue blanket. She had previously been selected by Meghan Markle as one of 15 women the Duchess wanted to feature in the September 2019 issue of the publication.

In August last year, the Akech was forced to speak out against racism in Australian media after WHO review incorrectly posted a photo of fellow black model Flavia Lazarus in an article on Akech.

This despite the interview focusing on the fashion industry’s attitude towards diversity and race, and her experiences as a former refugee.

In an Instagram post, Akech said that while she didn’t want to “disparage” the post, she said “that wouldn’t have happened to a white model.”

“It upset me, angered me, made me feel very disrespectful and for me it is unacceptable and inexcusable under any circumstances,” Ms. Akech wrote.

“Not only do I feel personally insulted and disrespectful, but I feel like my entire race has also been disrespectful and that’s why I think it’s important that I address this issue.

“It shows that people are very ignorant and narrow-minded that they think every black or African girl is alike.”

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