Adut Akech Has Called Out A Magazine For Using A Photo Of The Wrong Model Alongside Her Interview
"I feel as though this would’ve not happened to a white model...it's ignorant, rude and disrespectful"
Model Adut Akech is calling out a magazine for mistakenly using a photo of a different black model alongside her interview.
Who Magazine Australia published an interview with the model but used a large photo of Flavia Lazarus on the opening page.
Adut, who is 19, took to Instagram to discuss the mix-up and explain that it made her feel ‘upset and angry’.
She pointed out the irony of her highlighting people’s attitude to colour in the interview.
“I’ve have given some deep thoughts the past few days on how to approach this situation that isn’t sitting well with me.
For those who are not aware, last week @whomagazine (Australia) published a feature article about me. In the interview, I spoke about how people view refugees and peoples attitude to colour in general. With the article, they published a large photo saying it was me. But it was of another black girl.”
She continued: “This has upset me, has made me angry, it has made me feel very disrespected and to me is unacceptable and inexcusable under any circumstances. Not only do I personally feel insulted and disrespected but I feel like my entire race has been disrespected too and it is why I feel it is important that I address this issue. Whoever did this clearly the thought that was me in that picture and that’s not okay. This is a big deal because of what I spoke about in my interview. By this happening, I feel like it defeated the purpose of what I stand for and spoke about.
It goes to show that people are very ignorant and narrowminded that they think every black girl or African people looks the same.”
Adut was among British Vogue’s Voice For Change cover stars chosen by guest editor Meghan Markle.
The star also pointed out that this would be unlikely to happen with a model of a different race, and adds that this is an ongoing issue for women of colour.
“I feel as though this would’ve not happened to a white model. My aim for this post is not to bash Who Magazine -they have apologised to me directly – but I feel like I need to express publicly how I feel. This has deeply affected me and we need to start an important conversation that needs to happen. I’m sure that I’m not the first person that’s experienced this and it needs to stop. I’ve been called by the name of another models who happens to be of the same Ethnicity, I find it very ignorant, rude and disrespectful towards both of us simply because we know that this doesn’t happen with white models.”
She continued: “I want this to be somewhat of a wake up call to people within the industry it’s not OK and you need to do better. Big publications need to make sure that they fact check things before publishing them especially when its real stories and interviews and not just some made up rumors. To those who work at shows and shoots it’s important that you don’t mix up models names. Australia you’ve a lot of work to do and you’ve got to do better and that goes to the rest of the industry.”
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