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African Fashion Model: African Supermodels Iman, Adut Akech, Anok Yai, and Alek Wek Have Been Selected for W Magazine’s 50th Anniversary Issue

The top model is officially in charge of W Magazine’s 50th anniversary issue. In honor of the occasion, the magazine has unveiled 17 seductive stars, from the world’s most famous names to women on the verge of total fashion dominance. are four of the top models: Iman, Adut Akech, Anok Yai and Alek Wek.

Naomi Campbell, Amber Valletta, Iman, Kendall Jenner, Precious Lee, Cindy Crawford, Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Christy Turlington Burns, Shalom Harlow, Hee Kong, Lori Bahia, Sora Choi, Binks Walton are also on the list.

The cover was shot by our team of photographers. Models donned a variety of stunning looks for the issue and discussed the past, present and future of the industry.

Naomi Campbell returns the favor

First and foremost, I enjoy what I do. To have a career that actually lasts, you have to. I don’t have specific professional plans, but now I enjoy using my platform to support up-and-coming designers.

The children I work with are not only in famous markets, but also in places like Africa, the Middle East and India. Because of my reputation and familiarity with the fashion industry, I am able to bring these children the recognition they deserve. believe.

Iman recalls favorite runway moments

Without Thierry Mugler, my fashion trajectory would not exist. A lot of designers back then were very careful about how they wanted to represent me. Yves Saint Laurent is also my favourite. Thierry Mugler, on the other hand, seemed to be an MGM director. His performance was cinematic. He let me play my favorite characters on stage. In a world full of trends, I’ve always been the classic-looking girl. recognized me as such.

When I first arrived in the United States, the widespread belief that there could only be one black model at a time fostered animosity and rivalry among us.
But my friend and I were able to change that. I never called myself a black woman in Somalia where I grew up, for no reason.

The whole country is dark. My identity was based on my values. I made friends with black models on purpose.
They told us who was the best photographer for us, the best hairdresser for our hair, and the best makeup artist for our skin. formed and is still that tribe today.

Adut Akech discusses what drew her to modeling.

I wanted to be a model because I was always inspired by models like Naomi Campbell. One thing that surprised me was the difficulty of this job. I didn’t think it would be easy, but you’ll never know until you try.

Being the second black woman to finish a Chanel haute couture show as a bride in 2018 is one of many notable milestones in my career.
Karl Lagerfeld chose me personally.
Thanks to social media, models now have a voice. We can criticize brands for not being diverse enough.
Everyone is being forced to abandon outdated practices and adopt the appropriate behavior of including models from diverse backgrounds.

Anok Yai on recent changes in the modeling industry

Little did I know, until I did, that I was the first black model to launch a Prada show since Naomi Campbell. I hadn’t noticed. My agent didn’t call me until after that. It was a strange encounter and one of my most important professional experiences.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, models have had more creative freedom. I had the opportunity to creatively direct him on several shoots, but at this point in my career I realized that I could be more than just a model and an artist. A runway show is essentially a collaborative effort.
As a model, sometimes I feel like I’m just a hanger. But when I’m on the runway, it feels like a performance. If you don’t give me artistic freedom, I’ve come to the point where I just take it.

Alek Wek discusses how his approach to modeling has evolved over the years.

Everyone has a story to tell, but I think mine is especially insightful about perseverance. At a young age, I began fleeing the horrific conflict in South Sudan. Alek Wek stands for diversity when you look at him. Alek Wek is accompanied by the sound of a door opening.
I never thought I would be able to find a job at my age, so I thank my mother every day. It’s genetics. Just like Benjamin Button, I am. Teenagers and young adults will talk to you.

Now I make my decision. I don’t have to be in a place where people treat me badly. For the first time, I’m honoring not only my work, but myself as a human being and as a woman.

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Naomi Campbell
Editor-in-chief: @saramoonves
Photo: @MertAlas & @marcuspiggot
Styling: @mr_carlos_nazario
Hair: @rio_hair
Makeup: @anglomamakeup by Pat McGrath Labs
Manicure: @robbietomkins
Writer: @jennycomita
Casting: @emperor.lee
Production: @januaryproductions

Iman
Editor-in-chief: @saramoonves
Photo: @inezandvinoodh
Styling: @kegrand
Hair: @hoshounkpatin
Makeup: @kilprity
Manicure: #BojirHasanov
Casting: @emperor.lee

adult
Editor-in-chief: @saramoonves
Photo: @rafaelpavarotti_
Styling: @ibkamara
Hair: @EugeneSouleiman
Braided: @hairbybarbietm
Makeup: @ChiaoLiHsu
Manicure: @EriHandaNail
Writer: @JennyComita
Casting: @emperor.lee
Set design: @mhs_artists
Studio: @hookstudiobk
Props: @hookprops

Anok
Editor-in-chief: @saramoonves
Photo: @rafaelpavarotti_
Styling: @ibkamara
Hair: @EugeneSouleiman
Makeup: @ChiaoLiHsu
Manicure: @EriHandaNail
Casting: @emperor.lee
Set design: @mhs_artists
Studio: @hookstudiobk
Props: @hookprops
Production: @prodn_artandcommerce

Alex
Editor-in-chief: @saramoonves
Photo: @quillemons
Styling: @Rebeccarams
Hair: @Joeygeorge
Makeup: @MarceloGutierrez
Manicure: @JinSoonChoi
Casting: @emperor.lee

Content courtesy of W magazine & NFH

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