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Adut Akech receives backlash on social media over photo controversy

"Jade Paris" (2020-08-11)


Sudanese-born Australian supermodel Adut Akech was mistaken for another black model by Who Magazine this week, sparking a racial controversy.

As Adut, 19, publicly claimed that the blunder 'disrespected her entire race', the reception online has been mixed, with many calling the incident 'an innocent mistake.'

The model's Instagram page has been flooded with comments from polarised people over the last few days.






Backlash: Sudanese-born Australian supermodel Adut Akech has been criticised online over Who magazine's photo mix-up controversy 


'An innocent mistake,' one commented. 'It was not racist intent. You have gone way too far.'

Another wrote: 'While I understand you'd be upset in these circumstances, situs aduq terpecaya I am sure that it is an error that had nothing to do with your ethnicity, culture, background or any malice towards you.'






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'Racism means showing prejudice or discrimination against another race due to feelings of superiority,' another stated. 

'This situation is a human error mistaking one model for another who looks similar. They have exactly the same hairstyle and hair colour for one. This mistake isn't racist. Get a grip!'






'While I understand you'd be upset in these circumstances, I am sure that it is an error that had nothing to do with your ethnicity, culture, background or any malice towards you,' wrote one social media user on her Instagram page 







'Racism means showing prejudice or discrimination against another race due to feelings of superiority,' another wrote







While Adut, 19, publicly claimed that the blunder 'disrespected her entire race', the reception online has been mixed, with many calling the incident 'an innocent mistake'


The backlash comes after Kerri-Anne Kennerley defended Who magazine over the awkward mix-up - comparing it to editors mistaking her with 60 Minutes star Liz Hayes. 

The magazine was criticised for publishing an in-depth interview with South Sudan-born model Akech - next to a photo of model Flavia Lazarus, menang aduq who is also black. 

While the magazine blamed an administrative error for publishing the wrong photographs on Friday, Akech has said the error is an example of racism in Australia, and said the same mistake wouldn't have happened to a white model.

But Kennerley disagreed with Akech, saying on Studio 10 on Tuesday that it was a simple mistake and had nothing to do with racism.


















The stuff-up has been blamed on an administrative error while Akech has labelled the magazine racist and said it wouldn't have happened to a white model


'I just think she's [Akech] taking this way too far, if she thinks it's all about racism … somebody just made a mistake,' she said.

Kennerley admitted that while the error could be seen as a 'big mistake' - she had been mistaken for 60 Minutes journalist Liz Hayes on several occasions in different magazines.

Studio 10 co-host Angela Bishop was quick to challenge Kennerley as to whether the two mix-ups could be compared.

'Was yours in just a social pages snap, opposed to an entire article about Adut, featuring on her success, the fact that she's the face of Melbourne Fashion week and currently the hottest model in the world?'