September 16 2019 South Sudan NEWS PORTAL
(AUSTRALIA) – Meghan Markle has sent Australian – South Sudanese model Adut Akech a personal handwritten note for her appearance in Vogue, saying she is a ‘force for change’.
Adut shared the note to her Instagram which read: “Thank you for being a part of my September issue of British Vogue.
“Your story and what you represent makes you a true force for change. I could not be happier to have you on this very special cover.
“Thank you for saying yes.”
“Can’t be real. It’s my absolute pleasure and honour” Adut captioned the image.
Adut Akech appeared on the September issue of Vogue along with the likes of Jacinda Arden and Jane Fonda and was one of 15 women handpicked by the Duchess herself.
‘Vogue told me they had a surprise for me and they would call in a couple of hours and when the phone rang it was her,’ the model told The Daily Telegraph.
‘She said that I was an inspiration, I couldn’t believe that she was calling me an inspiration.’
In an instagram post liked 65,000 times Adut Akech wrote;
WOW really can’t believe I’m sharing my 5th September issue vogue cover!!! 😱😱😱 @vogueaustralia September issue digital cover shot by @andrewnuding Styled by @jilliandavison wearing @toni_maticevski @heartofbone_ Makeup by Hair by @petelennon Thank you @edwinamccann @jilliandavison and your entire team for having me on my third Australian vogue cover in less than a year. Thank you to everyone that was involved in this shoot! 🙏🏾❤️
Adut Akech who has walked the catwalk for the likes of Saint Laurent, Valentino and Fendi – was a child refugee who moved with her family from South Sudan to Kenya.
At the age of seven, they emigrated to Adelaide, Australia and at 16 she began her modelling career.
Last month, Adut criticised Who Magazine after they published a feature article on her but accidentally used an image of another model.
In the accompanying interview she had discussed the issue of race and diversity within the modelling industry.
“With the article, they published a large photo saying it was me, but it was of another black girl,” she said in a statement.
“Not only do I feel personally insulted and disrespected, but I feel like my entire race has been disrespected too.
“I feel as though this wouldn’t have happened to a white model.”
Adut Akech recently walked with veteran super model Naomi Campell at her annual Fashion for Relief Event.