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Adut Akech Calls Out Magazine
Adut Akech’s enthusiasm about a recent interview in Who magazine was curbed when they attributed a photo of another model to her. In an industry that struggles to support women of color, the faux pas added salt to the wound. Akech called out the magazine in an Instagram post, saying, “By this happening I feel like it defeated the purpose of what I stand for and spoke about.”
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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
Kim Kardashian Settles on a New Name for Shapewear Line
After the controversy surrounding the original name of Kim Kardashian’s shapewear line (Kimono), the reality star went back to the proverbial drawing board – and the new name Skims was instantly met with fan approval. However, many have taken issue with Kardashian’s choice to cast Alice Johnson in the new advertisement for the line. With Kardashian’s help, Johnson was freed from serving a life sentence, so the casting choice seems like a strange quid pro quo.
Jezebel put it best, writing: “This isn’t to negate Johnson’s agency, nor Kardashian’s sincere interest in criminal justice reform, but the concept of using a personal testimony about the injustices of the criminal justice system as a way to advertise a branded capital venture is dispiriting, regardless of whatever sincerity was intended.”
Tommy x Zendaya Unveils Fall/Winter 2019 Collection
Considering Tommy x Zendaya is one of our favorite celebrity collaborations of the year, we were extra excited to catch a glimpse of its new Fall/Winter 2019 collection. As the global brand ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger, Zendaya has brought 1970s flare, inclusivity, and fashion-forward thinking to the collection.
For this season, Tommy x Zendaya boasts tailored silhouettes, leisurely pant suits, and sumptuous touches of leather, faux fur, and luxe velvet. The full reveal will take place at NYFW during the TOMMYNOW experiential runway event on September 8.
Red Valentino Opens at The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall‘s Fashion Atrium greeted a new store with the recent opening of REDValentino, designed by architect India Mahdavi in collaboration with Valentino’s Creative Director, Pierpaolo Piccioli. With a look that is both romantic and rebellious, the new store delivers a lovely and creative space for exploring REDValentino collections, ready-to-wear and accessory offerings included.
Level Shoes Offers Personalization of Balenciaga Products
This week – and this week only – Level Shoes is offering in-store personalization of Balenciaga products. The Balenciaga Ephemeral Handbag Shop Dubai pop-up is the only place in the region where a graffiti artist can professionally “tag” your products with your first name, initials, or birthdate, making your Balenciaga bag even more special than it already is. The pop-up is also offering some regional-only exclusives, like a pink ‘Hourglass’ bag. It runs from today until September 7, so add it to your must-do list before the offer disappears.
Urban Outfitters Set to Soon at The Dubai Mall
You probably read that headline and thought, “It’s about time” – and you’re not alone. In our opinion, Urban Outfitters is the one affordably priced clothing and accessories store that has been distinctly missing from the local landscape. Now, with the store opening at The Dubai Mall on September 5, all of your hipster needs can (finally) be met.
Bottega Veneta Releases Exclusive Regional Products
Brand-of-the-moment Bottega Veneta has an exclusive selection of python sandals available only in Kuwait and the UAE. Fans of the brand are no doubt aware of how hard to find Bottega Veneta’s products have become under Daniel Lee’s superlative Creative Directorship (translation: he’s killing it with the designs, and everyone wants them), so snap them up before they’re gone. And when you do, keep an eye out for the python ‘Pouch’ bags that have also been released in matching colorways.