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Adut Akech Stars on Vogue Japan’s Controversial November 2019 Cover

Adut Akech is one of the most in-demand models right now. She scored a grand total of four Vogue September covers (including Japan, British, Germany and Italy) and walked in multiple shows during fashion month. So we aren’t at all surprised to see Adut make a grand return to the cover of Vogue Japan. This time the current face of Miu Miu, Zara, Bottega Veneta, Valentino and Missoni is decked out in Comme des Garçons (courtesy of Sissy Vian) for the November 2019 offering photographed by Albert Watson.

Vogue Japan November 2019 : Adut Akech by Albert Watson


But our forum members had some serious questions. “I’m getting racist undertones, like the styling is meant to make her face disappear or something. I don’t know, it’s making me uncomfortable,” voiced kokobombon straight away.

“Not intended to offend anyone, but why does this remind me of a racist cult?” asked phungnam96.

“It looks like an inverse color shot of the Ku Klux Klan,” added tigerrouge.

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Phuel shared the same sentiment: “This very dark shadow on shadow imagery is one of Albert’s gorgeous signature styles, but sadly doesn’t work here. Admittedly, dressing a Black model in a large, pointy hood is a tad tone-deaf. But their fashion director is pretty much tone-deaf when it comes to any semblance of style.”

“Adut’s face is sublime and Watson is one of my all-time favorite photographers. But this stylist should be thrown into a volcano,” stated dfl-001.

Not everyone was offended, however. “I like it, very witchy! Bring on Halloween,” proclaimed russianelf.

“I guess I am the only one here who likes it,” said Ed..

Be sure to check out Adut’s cover feature and join the debate here.