Adut Akech surprised to learn of Duchess of Sussex’s involvement in Vogue issue

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears o…

Adut Akech only found out Meghan, Duchess of Sussex had chosen her for British Vogue’s Forces for Change issue when she recently received a surprise call from the royal.

The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, appears on the September 2019 issue of British Vogue alongside 14 other trailblazing women including Adwoa Aboah, Christy Turlington, and Jane Fonda.

The issue, entitled Forces for Change, was guest-edited by the actress-turned-royal, who began working with editor-in-chief Edward Enninful in January, but Akech had no idea she was involved in the cover until she received a phone call from the Duchess herself last week.

“Feeling so extremely honoured and proud to be on the September 2019 Issue cover of @britishvogue #forcesofchange along side the most inspirational women I know,” the 19-year-old wrote on Instagram. “A few nights ago I got one of the best surprise, a phone call from The Duchess of Sussex herself to tell me she was the guest-editor of this issue. She told me that she finds me and my story so inspiring and those words I will never forget for the rest of my life. The thought of being chosen by HRH The Duchess of Sussex @sussexroyal and @edward_enninful as one the fifteenth amazing women looked as the #Forcesofchange completely blows my mind!

“Thank you @edward_enninful… and your entire team at British Vogue for recognising me. What this moment means to me I can’t explain in words.”

The cover stars, also including actresses Yara Shadidi, Salma Hayek and Laverne Cox, were photographed by Peter Lindbergh in studios in London and New York, with the exception of Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

According to Lindbergh, the Duchess instructed him over the phone to show the women as their natural selves.

“My instructions from the Duchess were clear: ‘I want to see freckles!'” he said. “Well, that was like running through open doors for me. I love freckles.”

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Edward Enninful: ‘Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on new British Vogue cover’

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on the latest cover of British Vogue for fear of looking “boastful”.On Sunday, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful confirmed the British royal had been tapped to guest-edit the prestigious September 2019 issue o…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex declined to appear on the latest cover of British Vogue for fear of looking “boastful”.

On Sunday, editor-in-chief Edward Enninful confirmed the British royal had been tapped to guest-edit the prestigious September 2019 issue of the fashion publication, entitled Forces for Change.

While the cover features the images of 15 trailblazing women, in an accompanying article, Enninful noted that Meghan decided not to take up the opportunity to front the cover, as she feared it would be a distraction.

“As you will see from her selections throughout this magazine, she is also willing to wade into more complex and nuanced areas, whether they concern female empowerment, mental health, race or privilege,” he wrote. “From the very beginning, we talked about the cover – whether she would be on it or not. In the end, she felt that it would be in some ways a ‘boastful’ thing to do for this particular project. She wanted, instead, to focus on the women she admires.”

Instead, the cover features a number of inspirational figures, including model and activist Adwoa Aboah, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, actresses Laverne Cox, Jane Fonda, and Salma Hayek, climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg, and model and activist Christy Turlington.

The 16th spot on the magazine’s cover is a mirror, which Meghan requested as she wanted the reader to be included alongside the incredible women.

Enninful and the former Suits star began working together in January, when the 37-year-old was pregnant with her and Prince Harry’s first child. Their son Archie was born in May.

The issue, which is released on 2 August, also features an exclusive interview between Meghan and former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Anna Wintour didn’t approve of employee wearing hat to 2019 Met Gala

Anna Wintour took note when one of her employees wore a hat to the 2019 Met Gala.The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief is one of the most important figures in the fashion world, and over the course of her career, has been praised for her ability to spot trend…

Anna Wintour took note when one of her employees wore a hat to the 2019 Met Gala.

The U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief is one of the most important figures in the fashion world, and over the course of her career, has been praised for her ability to spot trends and discover designers.

However, Wintour has very specific ideas when it comes to dressing for an occasion and was less than impressed when a staff member didn’t quite abide by the dress code at the event in May.

“Personally, I’m not too big a fan of casual. I think I always prefer when someone errs on the side of dressed,” she said in a new interview for her Go Ask Anna video series when asked if it is possible to dress in a casual way and still be perceived as professional. “There was a member of our team that turned up at the Met Gala recently without a tie and wearing a hat and I’m not sure that I approved.”

In a further question, Wintour went on to explain that she keeps her own wardrobe organised and packed full of printed dresses to make sophisticated dressing simple.

“I have a wardrobe full of print dresses, so every morning I just go to one of my print dresses of choice and put it on. It makes decision making a lot easier,” the 69-year-old insisted.

Elsewhere in the chat, the editor spoke about several people who she has been inspired by of late, and pinpointed New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, tennis ace Serena Williams, and American politician Pete Buttigieg.

“I think (Ardern) led her country through a terrible, terrible tragedy with enormous grace and a message of hope,” she said, referring to the Christchurch mosque shootings in March. “And then I also have to cite Serena Williams, who to me has faced defeat and triumph with equal grace and charm and humility and humour. I’m also a big fan of Mayor Pete. I think it’s wonderful that a young man from South Bend, Indiana, who speaks 100 languages, was a military vet, went to both Oxford and to Harvard and just happens to be gay, is part of the conversation in the Democratic race. And I hope that if not in my lifetime, in my children’s lifetime, or my grandchildren’s lifetime that there will be a moment in politics when you are not defined by a label.”

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Emilia Wickstead ‘proud and privileged’ to dress New Zealand’s Prime Minister

New Zealand native Emilia Wickstead is very “proud” to have dressed her country’s leader, Jacinda Ardern.In the wake of the New Zealand terrorist shooting in Christchurch in March (19), where a suspected white supremacist killed 50 Muslim worshipers ac…

New Zealand native Emilia Wickstead is very “proud” to have dressed her country’s leader, Jacinda Ardern.

In the wake of the New Zealand terrorist shooting in Christchurch in March (19), where a suspected white supremacist killed 50 Muslim worshipers across two mosques, Prime Minister Jacinda became the face of a grieving nation, and vowed to change gun laws to make the country safer.

Revealing herself to be a huge fan of the politician, London-based designer Wickstead has spoken to The Telegraph about how it feels to dress her.

“She’s the most powerful and perfect representation of what a modern leader in today’s world should be,” she gushed. “To have the privilege of dressing someone like that – a woman from the country where I’m from – it was amazing. I felt very fortunate and very proud.”

For her latest collection, a capsule offering in collaboration with The Woolmark Company, Wickstead has drawn on her New Zealand roots.

The line is a celebration of the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in her home country, and for the campaign shots, she cast “ordinary yet extraordinary women”.

“I’m part Polynesian and on my father’s side, my uncle married a Maori woman so my cousins are Polynesian and Maori so I have a little bit of that,” the 35-year-old said of why she chose to celebrate her heritage. “On my mother’s side, I’m part Italian, so really a mixed bag. That’s why it was a really heartfelt project, I lost my father when I was four so it’s also a part of my heritage and my roots.”

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Anna Wintour broke down at airport over Karl Lagerfeld’s death

Anna Wintour broke down in tears at an airport the day after Karl Lagerfeld’s death.Following health complications, the Chanel creative director died in February (19) at the age of 85, with the news sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry. A…

Anna Wintour broke down in tears at an airport the day after Karl Lagerfeld’s death.

Following health complications, the Chanel creative director died in February (19) at the age of 85, with the news sending shockwaves throughout the fashion industry.

Among the first to pay tribute to Lagerfeld was U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour, and she has now shared that it took her a full day to come to terms with the fact that the German-born designer was gone.

“I was in an airport reading all of the papers, the obituaries, sitting next to a very unfashionable man, in a chequered shirt, you know, and I just started to bawl,” she recalled during an interview held as part of the recent Women in the World Summit in New York City. “(The man) just started silently handing me kerchiefs. I said, ‘Thank you for being so kind,’ and he said, ‘Madam, the world has lost a great figure.’ Even he felt the loss. Karl was just this force.”

In the wide-ranging discussion, Wintour also spoke about how the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements fighting sexual harassment are impacting the fashion business and how she has found New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s leadership inspiring in the wake of the terror attacks, in which 50 people were killed, in Christchurch last month (Mar19).

The editor praised Meghan, Duchess of Sussex too, describing her as “bringing modernity” to the British royal family, and shared that she is a fan of the former Suits star’s chic outfits.

“I think it’s a little bit boring and it’s time to change,” the 69-year-old shared of her own signature dresses. “I’ve been thinking a lot about suits lately. Thank you to the Duchess of Sussex.”

However, Wintour did not give any details about her outfit for the upcoming Met Gala in May, though as this year’s theme is Camp: Notes of Fashion, she is excited to see how guests interpret the concept.

“I’m really hoping that someone will arrive in hiking boots and a backpack,” she smiled.

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