Model Vanessa Axente gets major support from Matt Beer in ‘Heavy Weights’ a fashionable look at the new season’s best, bold accessories styled by Jillian Davison. Photographer Simon Eeles captures the big picture for Vogue Australia July 2019./ Hair by Sophie Roberts; makeup by Linda Jefferyes
Kendall Jenner covers the June 2019 issue of Vogue Australia. If you read eyeball-shopping, online headlines that Jenner is about to get engaged, that’s NOT what she says in her interview. Lensed by Charles Dennington, the supermodel wears a a Saint Laurent mini dress with Tiffany & Co. jewelry on the cover.
Inside the magazine, Kendall is styled by Jillian Davison in fashion froth from Prada, Valentino, Tomo Koizumi and more.
Actor Natalie Portman is styled by Jillian Davison in Vogue Australia’s April 2019 issue, lensed by Emma Summerton./ Hair by Sophie Roberts; hair by Sophie Roberts
Natalie Portman does not shy away from activism and walking her talk. In 2018 the Jerusalem-born, ‘Black Swan’ star refused to accept her Israel-awarded Genesis Prize in person, saying she ‘does not feel comfortable participating in any public events in Israel’.
Rising model Emma Boyd is styled by Jillian Davison in nostalgic elegance lensed by Emma Summerton for Vogue Australia April 2019. Summerton set up the shoot on the South Coast of Australia, a place dear to her heart and full of childhood memories, especially of her grandfather who shot slides & super 8. / Hair by Sophie Roberts; makeup by Linda JeffreyesRead More
Top talent, model, activist, lingerie designer and actor Emily Ratajkowski covers the January 2019 issue of Vogue Australia. Jillian Davison styles Emily for images by Nicole Bentley.
Zara Wong interviews Emily, who is in Sydney to receive the International Woman of the Year award at the GQ Australia Men of the Year event.
The star is proud of her combination of beauty and intellect, believing that she herself is a vessel for discussions on the politics of feminism. AOC adds “and sexuality”.
“It’s a contradiction,” she says. “Firstly, I think it’s sexism. I think in general people don’t really want to hear women talk about these kinds of things, and especially women who make money on how they look: they especially resent them using their voice.”
She’s heard the criticisms of herself, and has considered them. “The only argument that I think is sort of interesting is the conversation that somehow I’m playing into a patriarchal society by looking the way I look and capitalising on my sexiness,” she says with a shrug. “But I don’t really care if me wearing a crop top is somehow playing into some patriarchy, because it makes me feel good about myself, and I shouldn’t be limited on that. Making rules as to what a feminist should look like or wear is insane to me.” It’s a thought she will touch upon again at her speech at the GQ Australia Men of the Year awards, where she was acknowledged for her activism – that she can wear a string bikini and have a stand on politics, too. “No-one should be shaming anyone, and women especially should not be shaming other women.” She probes further: “I think there’s a whole other level of women who are sexy and are promoting their sexiness or are comfortable with their sexinesss; they especially don’t want to hear it from them.”
As for GQ, they justified their award by saying Ratajkowski was key to the “modern feminist movement”.
“Spending the last few years travelling the world as one of the planet’s most in-demand models, she’s also established herself as a de facto face of the modern feminist movement, spreading a message of body positivity and a ruthless, no-holds-barred approach to sexual equality that has seen her sweep up both accolades and criticism across the globe,” GQ announced.
It’s been a phenomenal time for Adelaide, Australia’s rising star model Adut Akech. Launched as a Saint Laurent exclusive beginning in September 2016, she became the second black woman to ever close a Chanel fashion show, finding herself center stage with Karl Lagerfeld in the Chanel Haute Couture Fall 2018 presentation. In between these major fashion career milestones, Adut was center stage in Tim Walker’s 2018 Pirelli calendar, with its first all-black cast.
Now the former refugee finds herself on the cover of Vogue Australia’s December issue, in a feature about her life, her friends and family, even her school. Adut is also one of four models covering separate issues of British Vogue’s December issue.
Jillian Davison styles Adut, with photography by Charles Dennington. Alice Birrell conducts the interview.