Meghan Markle sends Australian model Adut Akech a handwritten note for Vogue issue she edited

Australian model Adut Akech has received a heartfelt handwritten letter from Meghan Markle after appearing in a special Vogue issue edited by the Royal.

The Sudanese-Australian model shared the note to her Instagram page after featuring on the prestigious cover of British Vogue’s September issue.

The Duchess of Sussex personally thanked the 19-year-old in the letter, saying she was a ‘force for change’.

‘Thank you for being a part of my September issue of British Vogue,’ the note read.

‘Your story and what you represent makes you a true force for change. I could not be happier to have you on this very special cover. 

‘Thank you for saying yes.’

'Your story and what you represent makes you a true force for change. I could not be happier to have you on this very special cover' Markle wrote on the note to Akech (pictured)

'Your story and what you represent makes you a true force for change. I could not be happier to have you on this very special cover' Markle wrote on the note to Akech (pictured)

‘Your story and what you represent makes you a true force for change. I could not be happier to have you on this very special cover’ Markle wrote on the note to Akech (pictured)

Australian model Adut Akech (pictured) has received a heartfelt handwritten letter from Meghan Markle after appearing in a special Vogue issue edited by the Royal

Australian model Adut Akech (pictured) has received a heartfelt handwritten letter from Meghan Markle after appearing in a special Vogue issue edited by the Royal

Australian model Adut Akech (pictured) has received a heartfelt handwritten letter from Meghan Markle after appearing in a special Vogue issue edited by the Royal 

‘Can’t be real. It’s my absolute pleasure and honour’ Adut captioned the photo.

Ms Akech was just one of 15 women hand picked by Meghan for the issue, which she described all as ‘forces of change’.

Along with Adut, the cover saw the likes of New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, LGBT activist and actress, Laverne Cox, and Oscar winner, Jane Fonda.

Ms Akech learnt that she would be on the cover after a surprising phone call from the Duchess herself.

‘Vogue told me they had a surprise for me and they would call in a couple of hours and when the phone rang it was her,’ the model told The Daily Telegraph

‘She said that I was an inspiration, I couldn’t believe that she was calling me an inspiration.’   

The model already had the privilege of meeting the Duchess of Sussex when she presented her the award for model of the year last December.

Ms Akech was up against stiff competition for the title, beating households names such as Ashley Graham and Gigi Hadid.

Ms Akech was just one of 15 women hand picked by Meghan Markle (pictured) for the issue, which she described all as 'forces of change'

Ms Akech was just one of 15 women hand picked by Meghan Markle (pictured) for the issue, which she described all as 'forces of change'

Ms Akech was just one of 15 women hand picked by Meghan Markle (pictured) for the issue, which she described all as ‘forces of change’

Strong women: Adut (top left) was one of 14 women who appeared on the cover of British Vogue's prestigious September edition, guest edited by Meghan Markle

Strong women: Adut (top left) was one of 14 women who appeared on the cover of British Vogue's prestigious September edition, guest edited by Meghan Markle

Strong women: Adut (top left) was one of 14 women who appeared on the cover of British Vogue’s prestigious September edition, guest edited by Meghan Markle

WHO IS ADUT AKECH? 

Adut Akech is a 19-year-old supermodel who grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya before moving to Adelaide with her family.

She was initially scouted by modeling agencies as a 13-year-old, but didn’t start her career until she was 16, when she joined prestigious Chadwick Models in Australia.

From there her career skyrocketed. 

She has worked alongside some of the biggest brands in the industry, including Saint Laurent, Valentino, Calvin Klein and Tom Ford. 

She is now the ambassador for the 2019 Melbourne Fashion Week. 

Her long list of accolades include her fashion week debut for Saint Laurent, walking for Valentino and Fendi, and becoming the second black model to ever close a show for a Chanel haute couture show last year. 

But the young model’s rise to stardom wasn’t easy.

As a child refugee, Adut and her family moved from South Sudan to Kenya where her family was too poor to send her to school.

At the age of seven her family emigrated to Adelaide where she pursued her dreams of modelling, starting her career at just 16.

Last month Ms Akech slammed Who Magazine after they published a feature article on her but mistakenly included a photo of another model.

Adut had sat down with the magazine during Melbourne Fashion Week and discussed issues concerning race and diversity within the modelling industry.

Adut's illustrious career includes walking for brands such as Chanel, Fendi and Valentino

Adut's illustrious career includes walking for brands such as Chanel, Fendi and Valentino

Adut’s illustrious career includes walking for brands such as Chanel, Fendi and Valentino 

As a child refugee, Adut and her family moved from South Sudan to Kenya where her family was too poor to send her to school but she now walks with modelling super stars such as Bella Hadid (pictured with Akech)

As a child refugee, Adut and her family moved from South Sudan to Kenya where her family was too poor to send her to school but she now walks with modelling super stars such as Bella Hadid (pictured with Akech)

As a child refugee, Adut and her family moved from South Sudan to Kenya where her family was too poor to send her to school but she now walks with modelling super stars such as Bella Hadid (pictured with Akech) 

‘With the article, they published a large photo saying it was me, but it was of another black girl,’ she said in a statement on Monday.

‘Not only do I feel personally insulted and disrespected, but I feel like my entire race has been disrespected too.

‘I feel as though this wouldn’t have happened to a white model,’ she said.

‘This has upset me, this has made me angry… to me this is unacceptable and inexcusable under any circumstance.’

‘To people within the industry, this is not okay and you need to do better,’ she said.

The Who Magazine spread claimed the model pictured above - who is actually Flavia Lazarus - was Akech

The Who Magazine spread claimed the model pictured above - who is actually Flavia Lazarus - was Akech

The Who Magazine spread claimed the model pictured above – who is actually Flavia Lazarus – was Akech

The publication quickly issued an apology for the blunder on their Instagram page, apologising to both Ms Akech and the other model wrongly included, Flavia Lazarus. 

‘Unfortunately the agency that set up our interview with Adut Akech supplied us with the wrong photograph to accompany the piece,’ a spokesperson said.

‘Who spoke directly with Adut to explain how the error occurred and have sincerely apologised.

‘We also apologise to Flavia Lazarus for the misprint.

‘Hopefully the result of our misprint will be more people talking about this issue in the industry and tackling it head-on.’

The 19-year-old model slammed Who Magazine after the blunder saying her entire race had been 'disrespected'

The 19-year-old model slammed Who Magazine after the blunder saying her entire race had been 'disrespected'

The 19-year-old model slammed Who Magazine after the blunder saying her entire race had been ‘disrespected’

 

 

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