Sudan-Aust model vows to call out racism
Written by Lindah Nduwumwami on August 29, 2019
Model Adut Akech says she will continue to speak out about racism after a magazine published an interview with her but used a photo of another African-Australian model. The 19-year-old spoke to Australia’s WHO magazine about how the world views people of colour and refugees, having been born during civil war in South Sudan and raised in a Kenyan refugee camp before moving to Adelaide. The magazine mistakenly used an image of Flavia Lazarus, a Ugandan-Australian model, and identified her as Akech. “I felt like it defeated the whole purpose of what I was talking about,” she told reporters on Wednesday. Speaking at the launch of Melbourne Fashion Week on Wednesday, Akech said she was impressed by the support she had received and vowed to continue to stand up for what she believes is right. “We all know that there is a real problem here. Let’s start doing the work that we need to do,” she said. In an earlier Instagram post the model said the mixup would “not have happened to a white model”. The floor has remained vacant since the building was completed in 2006 and has panoramic views of the city, from Port Phillip Bay to the CBD skyline and out to the Dandenong Ranges. Though Akech has graced international runways for designers such as Chanel, Dior and Prada, this will be the teenager’s first show in front of her family, including her six siblings.