Vogue Japan November 2019 : Adut Akech by Albert Watson

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  1. tigerrouge

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    It looks like an inverse colour shot of the Ku Klux Klan.
     
  2. Benn98

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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Now I can't unsee it!
     
  3. jorgepalomo

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    If only the picture was in color...
     
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    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. Shame that the results are so KKK-ish since Albert doesn’t shoot much these days and when he does— this is the result.

    And Adut will forever be relegated to being dressed as a flower, fairy or a Puritan to ensure no one will ever be offended for her. As if she couldn’t be any more bland.
     
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    I wasn't going to say anything, but I actually had to laugh at some of these comments. Racist undertones? They wanted her to fade into the background? Racist cult? That's so extra lol

    It's all about one's perspective really, cause what I see is a beautiful dark witch. No racist cults, just a good old satanic cult. Anyone seen American Horror Story's Coven, Cult or Apocalypse? So many pointy hoods on those witches and as I previously stated, I find the vibe really cool. If this were Tim Walker or Paolo Roversi, I'd expect a stunning enchanted editorial with witches and cults, a la W's 2012 editorial ''Spellbound''. But I doubt this will be it.
    Also, it's 2019 and no fashion magazine would knowingly do something as openly racist as making a black model fade into the background or dress her as a KKK member. Also Adut is a smart young woman, do you think she'd put this on if she thought it was offensive? She has enough power to say no at this point in her career. That is just my point of view.
     
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    Not what I was expecting as the cover for Watson's special issue...having said that I think people are reading too much into this. It is just a bad cover, and Albert's typical studio style did not mesh with this image in terms of the styling chosen (this is an S/S 2015 look as well, no? Random!) and the lighting/overly grainy quality of picture.
     
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  7. russianelf

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    This seems such an American thing to think about the KKK first. I'm with aracic, I get witch or cult leader from this. Or like a red riding hood from a horror fairytale.
     
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    I´m not american and perhaps I´m reading too much into this but Japan is known for being a racist country so it´s not that far a stretch for me to think it. I remember that VJ (and other asian editions) ditched Jourdan Dunn from the Liu-Jo ads with Karlie Kloss...
    (and just a quick add to say that in AHS all the witches but one are white and the only black ones are the voodoo witches).
     
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    Agreed, and Estee Lauder Asia digitally removed Anok from their group ads, meaning it's only Fei Fei and Grace. Theoretically one could argue that EL probably didn't see the need to include Anok because there wouldn't be that many dark-skinned women in Asia to target? But why not just keep the trio as it were because it's not like they could fill Anok's space with copy or a product shot.

    In Vogue Japan's defense though, this editorial was likely conceived by Vian (an Italian, surprise surpise) and Watson. Also, VJ is one of the very few Asian editions who feature black women far more frequently than others in that region because I think they've been exposed to black beauty sine 1945. They've just included Adut in their recent 'girls of the moment' group cover, and before her, there was Selena, Joan, Binx.... While they may not revere black beauty, they certainly are not faintly phobic about it either unlike *cough* China *cough*. So I don't really want to believe that they are inherently racist.

    I didn't see the pointed hood to mean KKK nor racist undertones, because to me it's just an incredibly ugly cover from start to finish. But now that it has been pointed out, it's impossible to ignore it. My two cents.
     
  10. dfl-001

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    Adut's face is sublime and Watson is one of my all time favorite photographers.
    But this stylist should be thrown into a volcano. That ugly costume and ill-fitted brassiere?!
    Awful.
     
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    Blessed be the fruit
     
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    Commes Des Garcons


    Photographer: Albert Watson
    Stylist: Sissy Vian
    Hair: Takayuki Nukui
    Makeup: Ayami Nishimura
    Manicure: Naoko Takano
    Cast: Adut Akech

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    Vogue Japan Digital Edition
     
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    Destination Japan

    Photographer: Albert Watson
    Stylist: Sissy Vian
    Hair: Pierpaolo Lai, Takayuki Nukui
    Makeup: Ayami Nishimura, Kabuki, Yoshihiro Ora
    Manicure: Naoko Takano, Maki Sakamoto
    Cast: Chiharu Okunugi, Adut Akech, Issa Lish, Kiko Arai, Maaya, Miki Ahara, Tsugumi

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    Vogue Japan Digital Edition
     
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  14. aracic

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    Absolutely amazed by both Watson editorials! Adut's CDG cover story is exceptional and puts Meisel's to shame (it hurts me to say, but it's true), and the second one is simply stunning. Excellent issue so far!
     
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    Adut cant even be bothered to promote this cover
     
  16. jorgepalomo

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    I’m love with Adut’s ed.
     
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    Wow everything is so good
     
  18. Hafyiez wafa

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    lovee this ED
     
  19. GivenchyAddict

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    ^Same a big 10/10. Love everything from the casting, make-up to the styling.
     
  20. Bertrando3

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    WOW Japanese models in the actual Vogue Japan !!! Love this editorial !
     

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