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In Latest Episode Of ‘All Black People Don’t Look Alike’: A Magazine Mixed-Up Two Black Models For A Feature Interview

An Australian magazine is under fire after they incorrectly identified the South Sudanese-Australian supermodel Adut Akech, and published a photograph of model Lavia Lazarus instead. Akech, who’s worked with Chanel, Vogue, British Vogue, and other well-renowned fashion publications, took to Instagram to express her disappointment after the magazine published another model in a feature she was interviewed for. 

She was interviewed by WHO magazine, a celebrity and entertainment publication, ahead of Melbourne Fashion Week which begins in Australia this week on August 28.

According to Akech, the publication already directly issued an apology to her but she still wanted to share with the public how the incident made her feel. 

“With the article, they published a large photo saying it was me. But it was of another black girl,” Akech wrote in her Instagram caption. “This has upset me, has made me angry, it has made me feel very disrespected and to me is unacceptable and inexcusable under any circumstances.”

She went on to write that she not only felt insulted and disrespected but she felt like her entire race had been disrespected too. According to the model, the incident compelled her to address the issue so that similar flubs would not be repeated.

In her interview with Australia’s WHO Magazine, Akech said she spoke about how people view refugees and about people’s attitude to people of color in general. But after they mistook her for another Black model, she felt that it not only disrespected her but also defeated the purpose of what she said in her interview and what she stood for. 

Akech went on to write in the lengthy caption that she feels this wouldn’t have happened to a white model and it’s also not the first time she’s experienced something similar to this, she added.

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In her caption, Akech also opened up about the many times other people have called her by another model’s name. Ultimately, Akech hopes that by speaking up and publicly addressing how this made her feel, it will work as somewhat of a “wake up call to people within the [fashion] industry.” 

Publications need to do better, and so do the writers, photographers, fact-checkers, and editors within these publications. Akech ended her caption by saying that Australia has a lot of work to do and so does the rest of the industry. 

Many people on Twitter also showed their support for Adut Akech and voiced their opinions about the gross trend of mistaking other black women for each other in the fashion and entertainment industry.

Lord Mayor Melbourne Sally Capp on Twitter went on to air her frustrations and disappointments with what happened. “Respect for all people from all backgrounds is fundamental to our city and our culture. The diversity of our community is precious and something we truly value and celebrate,” she added. 

Capp went on to write that she was working to identify ways to make a positive impact so these acts of discrimination do not keep happening. She said she will be meeting with model Adut Akech and went on to express her “deepest apologies.” 

Most importantly, she tweeted, the City of Melbourne will be working with Adut to “create the most positive and proactive outcome from an awful and completely avoidable situation.”

While it’s great to see that Lord Mayor Melbourne Sally Capp is taking the necessary steps to address this situation in a mature and constructive manner, she hits the nail right on the head when she says this was a completely avoidable situation.  

One user tweeted that mistaking Adut Akech for another Black woman is just another form of blatant of racism.  

Shahmir Sanni tweeted that Adut Akech has been on “every major magazine in the world” and that white writers need to do better and avoid another racist incident like this in the future. “When a black woman has worked hard for her accolades, broken a multitude of glass ceilings, spoken up for refugees unapologetically, misidentifying her plays into the structural & institutional biases of our societies,” Sanni wrote in another tweet

Another Twitter user pointed out that Adut Akech is simultaneously on 3 different September covers — including Meghan Markle’s Vogue issue where she was a guest editor.

And yet, they added, the wrong photo of her was still included in the Australian magazine. 

Other folks on Twitter were also quick to reiterate that Adut Akech is one of the world’s top models at the moment and that this irresponsible “mix-up” is something other Black women can relate to. 

“All of us who have been mistaken for another can empathize,” they tweeted. 

Since Akech shared her post on Instagram, Melbourne Fashion Week also published an apology on its Instagram page saying they were extremely disappointed that a photo of one of their campaign models, Flavia Lazarus, was “mistaken;y printed instead of a photo of Adut.” 

Further, BBC also reached out to WHO Magazine for a statement. To which they responded that “The error was administrative and unintentional and we sincerely apologise for this mistake and any upset it has caused to the models involved, and our client the City of Melbourne.”

The Swoosh Gets The Latino Treatment: Nike Launches Limited-Edition ‘Día De Muertos’ Collection Complete With Calaveras And Papel Picado Designs

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The Swoosh Gets The Latino Treatment: Nike Launches Limited-Edition ‘Día De Muertos’ Collection Complete With Calaveras And Papel Picado Designs

Forget Halloween. Each year more and more brands are tapping into the Mexican celebration of the dead, Día de Los Muertos, to target Latinos with their calavera-inspired designs. The Mexican holiday surrounds death, but it’s a time to celebrate life with loved ones, and each year it’s gaining more and more traction in the U.S. 

Celebrated in the U.S. from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, the holiday tradition calls for the creation of altars to deceased loved ones, decorated with photos, meaningful objects, and their favorite foods said to attract their souls. Petals of bright yellow-orange cempasúchil flowers are used to guide them from the cemetery, according to tradition. This year Nike took up the opportunity to celebrate, with a brand new collection dropping later this month, inspired by “traditional Mexican skeleton graphics.” This isn’t the first time the brand celebrates the Mexican holiday though, a few years back the Swoosh brand released another pair of Cortez’s to pay tribute to the dead on Día de Muertos. 

This latest ‘Día de Muertos’ collection is scheduled to release on Nike.com and at select Nike retailers on Oct. 30.

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This latest assortment will include the Air Force 1 Low, the Cortez, and the Air Max 95 which are all getting dressed up for the occasion. Each pair will reference the holiday ever-so-slightly with traditional Mexican skeleton graphics featured throughout the design on the upper parts of the shoe as well as on the insoles.  

The Cortez turns black and orange for Day of The Dead 

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The Cortez, is a Nike style Mexican-Americans love to wear, and the sports company picked the iconic design to be part of the Day of the Dead collection. It’s not the first time the Swoosh gets the Mexican-inspired treatment though. As we mentioned earlier, back in 2015 a ‘Day of The Dead’ Nike Cortez was released in honor of the holiday, and the design was a lot more thematic than this year’s minimalist iteration.

Featuring a ‘papel picado’-inspired design on the inside, the stitching of the iconic Swoosh on the upper side of the shoe as well as on the soles, turns bright orange, reminiscent of cempasúchil and candle-lit ofrendas. The shoe is dressed in a nylon and suede floral print and has distinct embroidery on the heel.

The Day of The Dead Air Force 1s Glow in The Dark With Papel Picado-Inspired designs.

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The iconic performance shoes were re-imagined to celebrate the Mexican holiday in the most subtle way. The classic silhouette has an all-white upper body, contrasted by piping in yellow, green, blue, pink and black, and also sports a black heel tab and stitching across the midsole. The best part though is that once the shoe’s in the dark, it reveals a glow-in-the-dark skull papel picado-inspired pattern that is fully reflective throughout the entire upper. It’s to die for!

The Nike Air Max 95 was reimagined for the occasion in muted colors and subtle touches of huichol-style graphics.

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Joining the AF1s and the Cortez, the Nike Air Max 95 will also be a part of the 2019 Day of The Dead Collection. The festive colorway of the Air Max 95 takes on a white mesh upper with the signature layered side panels taking on a textured/crackled leather appearance. The leather side panels are emblazoned with muted ‘Huichol’ or papel picado-inspired graphics to go along with the Mexican theme. The limited-edition shoe also features black leather mudguards, black Swoosh branding, speckled laces, and a black midsole that adds to the look, along with teal detailing on the skull graphic insoles, papel picado-style tongue branding, and translucent outsole.

There are 57 million Hispanics in the U.S. only, and they represent 18% of the country’s spending power— no wonder brands like Nike want to tap into Latino traditions.

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Over the past few years, companies and retailers have made it easier to get into the spirit of the holiday, offering themed apparel, home decor and containers in which to tote goodies. With 57 million Hispanics in the U.S. alone, this demographic represents almost 18 percent of the country’s population and significant spending power, according to Nielsen. In fact, the data analytics company expects its buying power to grow from $1.4 trillion in 2016 to $1.8 trillion by 2021. And that dollar strength isn’t lost on retailers.

‘Dia De Los Muertos’ celebrations run from  November 1st through November 2, and the Nike Air Force 1 will drop at retailers like Sneakersnstuff and nike.com on October 15. Priced at $100 USD, the festive sneakers are the ultimate day-to-day shoe to add to your rotation. The rest of this latest Nike Día de Muertos collection is scheduled to release on Nike.com and at select Nike retailers on Oct. 30.

Latinas Are Wearing Rosita Shirts For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Latinas Are Wearing Rosita Shirts For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that means it’s time to show support to all the FIERCE mujeres out there who are breast cancer survivors or are fighting a battle against the disease. The arrival of October marks a month-long initiative helping put the spotlight firmly on women’s health and we want to do our part to help.

mitú partnered with Latinas Contra Cancer to create a collection of tees for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

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Most of us dread going to the doctor for a mammogram and we push off getting the procedure done, no matter how important it is to our health. Of course, getting your boobs mashed into cold medical machines doesn’t sound like a good time, but it’s something you just have to do. 

Recent research has found that Latinas and women of color are at higher risk when it comes to breast cancer fatalities. And this is mostly due to a lack of outreach to Latinas for medical breast cancer research. The disease is hitting a lot of Latina groups, including Mexican, Cuban and Puerto Rican women. 

Represent the poderosa breast cancer survivor by shopping this tee while donating 20% of the proceeds to breast cancer research.

Latinas Contra Cancer is an organization that aims to “create an inclusive health care system that provides services to the underserved Latino population around issues of breast and other cancers.

In support of the cause, we’ve teamed up with Latinas Contra Cancer, an organization that is raising awareness about cancer in the Latino community, increasing access to quality care, working to decrease mortality and improving the quality of health care experience. ‘Latinas Contra Cancer’s mission is to “create an inclusive health care system that provides services to the underserved Latino population around issues of breast and other cancers.”

Shop for a cause: wear rosita to honor your guerrera, and 20% of the proceeds will go to Latinas Contra Cancer.

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Wear our #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth tees to honor someone you love, whether it’s your tía, your sobrina, your hermana, or a friend, give a very special shout out to a strong lady who is battling this disease and help fund resources to help Latino communities of patients affected during and after their fight against cancer. 

Represent the poderosa breast cancer survivor by shopping this tee while donating 20% of the proceeds to breast cancer research.

Donations to ‘Latinas Contra Cancer’ makes it possible for them to provide cancer survivors with a personalized wig and breast prosthesis, free of charge.

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The proceeds raised by your purchase will go to important programs like “Survivor Support”, where Latinas Contra Cancer host a monthly Spanish language survivor support group and other events to encourage self-care for survivors and caregivers in the community. Donations to LCC also help keep their ‘Wig & Breast Prothesis Boutique” running. In this unique space, the organization provides cancer survivors with a personalized shopping experience with caring staff and trained mastectomy fitters both in English and Spanish, at no cost.

mitú x Latinas Contra Cancer’s ‘Rosita’ collection is for our amigas, tías, madres or abuelas who are battling breast cancer are warriors and are breast cancer survivors or are battling breast cancer. 

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Wear rosita for whoever you’re supporting; whether it’s your friend or your mom, the collection in partnership with Latinas Contra Cancer and mitú, features 6 different tees that you can wear to give a huge shout out to your hermanas, amigas, tías, madres, abuelas and primas, to show your admiration, respect, and most importantly your support of their battle against breast cancer. if pink isn’t your color, we got you, all styles are available in white and black and rosita.

Represent the poderosa breast cancer survivor by shopping this tee while donating 20% of the proceeds to breast cancer research.

Latinas are diagnosed at more advanced stages of breast cancer and are 20% more likely to die from the disease, so stop putting off that mammogram and get checked now.

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While Latinas experience breast cancer at lower rates than most ethnic groups, they tend to be diagnosed at more advanced stages, making them 20 percent more likely than white women to die from the disease. According to Susan G. Komen, Latinas have a greater probability of discovering the disease at later stages, often when the tumors are larger and have spread, because they are less likely to schedule consistent mammogram exams and more likely to delay follow-ups after an abnormal test result, often due to low-income, a lack of health insurance and limited English proficiency.

It turns out Latinas are just not great at checking in with doctors in general. According to a census report, Latinos are the group least likely to take a trip to the doctor’s office. At the time of the census, 42% of Latinos had never attended their annual doctor’s appointment. 

Represent the poderosa breast cancer survivor by shopping this tee while donating 20% of the proceeds to breast cancer research.

Breast cancer happens to women of all ages. Don’t forget to check your chichis in routine self-breast examinations and visit your doctor if you feel anything abnormal.

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While the general consensus is that the ideal age at which you should start going to the doctor for breast cancer screenings is forty, it’s important for women to remember that breast cancer in young women is also possible. Mammogram screenings are essential for detecting breast cancer in all women, whether they’re experiencing symptoms or not. And don’t forget to touch your chichis. Self-breast examinations have saved women of all ages, be sure to self examine your breasts routinely and go to the doctor if you spot anything abnormal.  About 80% of breast lumps are benign. Still, you can prevent a lot of the false alarms you would maybe experience otherwise by always checking in with your doctor.

Represent the poderosa breast cancer survivor by shopping this tee while donating 20% of the proceeds to breast cancer research.