Kerri-Anne Kennerley supported Who magazine after there was a photo blunder of which the 19 years old South Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech thinks being the victim of racism.
Adut Akech was a primary model to feature the story in last week’s issue of the Who magazine, marking her role as the face of Melbourne Fashion Week.
But the long shot, Akech was to feature was of another model, Flavia Lazarus, and of which saddened Adut, who took it to Instagram to express her disappointment.
The 19-year-old supermodel confessed in a long notice about her journey from refugee to one of the most in-demand models in the world.
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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. 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. 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. 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
However, yesterday on Studio 10, Kennerley mentioned that the model “took it way too far” denying the error was an example of racism.
“Somebody made a mistake. It’s a big mistake, but that said, you have editors and writers, then you have (photo) editors who actually put the pictures in the magazine. Normally, the journo’s got no input into the photographs.”
“All of a sudden, somebody comes along, they were probably in a bit of a hurry, or, as some suggest from the information that someone has (offered), her agency sent the wrong one along.”
Following the scenario, the South-Sudanese international model Adut Akech vowed that she would use her platform for change, following the ‘racist’ photo blunder.
Yet, Adut Akech stays mum about Kerrie Anne Kennerley words for being a little overwhelmed.
Be that as it may, the supermodel is busy on her work lately. She’s even graced the cover of Vogue fouth times counting the most recent ones.
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I’m honestly lost for words! I cannot believe I’m sharing my fourth Vogue cover for September issues! I’m so excited and so Honoured to share my second ever @vogueitalia cover! As some of you are aware, the last few days have been nothing short of exhausting and I’m so grateful to everyone that had my back, whether it was a comment, a call, a message, your endless support is so important to me! This has honestly made my day 100000000% better then what it was when it started! I’m so grateful and thankful to everyone who was involved in this masterpiece! Photography by legendary @roversi Styling @ibkamara Editor in chief @efarneti Creative director @ferdinadoverderi Casting @pg_dmcasting @samuel_ellis Hair @jembomb Makeup @thom.walker Set Design #jeanHuguesChatillon Production @creamparistv Digital animation @lukasletsche Voice #MichaelCunningham BIG THANKS TO YOU ALL! 🙏🏾❤️