South African model Thando Hopa is the first Albino woman to cover Vogue.
OkayAfrica reports Hopa, a model, lawyer, and activist, is on Vogue Portugal’s April “Africa Motherland” edition. Vogue stated that the magazine issue is an ode “to origins” and to “Africa, as the birthplace of mankind,” its tweet translated.
Hopa shared the captivating cover photo to her Instagram, writing that the honor is one that she hadn’t even considered to be a possibility for herself.
“I once said to a close friend that it would really be lovely to see a woman with albinism on a Vogue Cover,” Hopa wrote. “I would not have imagined that that woman would be me. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for,'” Hopa quoted of the famous saying by poet June Jordan.
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I once said to a close friend that it would really be lovely to see a woman with albinism on a Vogue Cover, I would not have imagined that that woman would be me. "We are the ones we have been waiting for." I'm emotional, because I see progress and get to form part of a progressive story and narrative. I got to a place in my career where I appreciate every specimen of my body and knowing that wherever I go, my existence, the way it is, has always and will always be enough. Thank you for allowing me to make a footnote in history @vogueportugal Thank you to the people who advised, supported and contributed significantly to this journey, who harnessed the essence of representation and inclusion. @gertjohancoetzee @melshaw001 @asandasizani @lynetteb_ Dr Precious Motsepe @unalbinism @audisouthafrica @asifhoosen @khanyi_matla @phindiv @pirelli Tim Walker @bbcafrica @bbc @motsepefoundation @afi_sa @glamour_sa @marieclairesa @foschinisa @pridemm @fashion_friend1 @staceylhanmer @kirsten___goss @beautyrevolution_za @samhopa @wokeproject @mimiinblue @adwoaaboa @infra_red_99 Not to mention I worked with an amazing team, it was one of the most unique and refreshing experiences I've ever had. Produced by @imi_oztas Features editor @patriciatrdomingues Editor in chief @sofia.slucas Photographer:@rhysframpton Styling @sallyannebolton Make up:@suuad_jeppe Journalist @joanapem P,S thank you to @shaundross for sending so much love my way and @diandraforrest for the shout out. thandohopa#photograpy#activist#activism#fashion#writer#diversity#inclusion#representaion#feminist#feminism#art#albinism#blackgirlmagic#model#actress#southafrica#afro#kinkyhair#naturalhair#authenticity#thoughtleader#narratives#change#storyteller#body#representationmatters#voguecover
OkayAfrica noted that albinism, a skin condition that lacks pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes, still harbors negative connotations and even violent consequences in South Africa as well as many other African nations.
What Vogue has done is not just historical but progressive and given the magnitude of the publication, has played a major role in highlighting how people living with albinism are exactly that people.
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