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HOME OF THE BRAVE: Model Citizens - models: Alek Wek , Asgok Mayen (+ daughter Alyieth), Ajak Deng, Grace Bol & Achok Majak - photographer: Inez & Vinoodh - text: Robert Sullivan - sittings editor: Camilla Nickerson - hair: Christiaan - makeup: Aaron de Mey - Vogue January 2017

  • “If you or your family are from South Sudan, you worry. The country is embroiled in a bloody civil war, the world just barely taking note. Grace Bol, Ajak Deng, and Alek Wek are immigrants. Angok Mayen has refugee status, and Mayen’s daughter, Alyieth, is a U.S. citizen - born here, like Achok Majak. They are all models (including Alyieth, in this instance). “ I would like to see everyone get along,” says Bol. “I love all our tribes.” While here sisters grew up in South Sudan, Majak grew up in L.A., where she saw the sort of anxiety that war refugees feel on the arrival in the U.S. “I want a bright future for those who are younger - who are the future,” she says. Wek stresses the need to listen - especially to women - “to really show the beauty of the diversity of us within the continent.” she says. “I think it teaches the younger generation that they can be kind to one another. South Sudan has so much hope-I mean, look at the U.S.: Almost 250 years, and we still have challenges.”

featured designers: Michael Kors Collection - A.L.C. - BY Bonnie Young

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Creative Director + Stylist: Kollin Carter
Photog: @renellaice
Model: Ania Charlot, Major Models NYC
Hair: Malcolm Cuthbert
MUA: MJ Forte
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