Aweng Ade-Chuol

Aweng Chuol is a South Sudanese Australian model, actress, and artist.

Early life and educationEdit

Chuol was born in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya, her family having fled the Second Sudanese Civil War. They moved to Australia when Chuol was seven years old.[1] She has 11 siblings, of whom she is the eldest.[2] Her father was a child soldier in the First Sudanese Civil War and also fought in the Second, dying as a result of an infected gunshot wound in 2013.[3][4]

CareerEdit

In 2017, while working at a McDonald's in Sydney at the age of 18,[3] Chuol was noticed by an agent from Chadwick Models, who encouraged her to work with them. She signed with the organisation and began her career as a model.[1] She has since modelled for Fenty, Vetements, and Pyer Moss, among others.[1]

In 2020, Chuol featured in Beyoncé's musical film and visual album Black Is King,[1] and in a Ralph Lauren holiday advertisement alongside her wife.[5]

Chuol is studying law and psychological sciences at the University of New England, from which she will graduate in 2021.[1][6] She hopes to use her law degree to help marginalised people, and would like to found a mental health centre in South Sudan. Chuol also takes acting classes, and is aiming to become an actor. She cites Lupita Nyong'o and Shonda Rhimes as inspirations for her acting career.[1]

Chuol was listed in OkayAfrica's 100 Women in 2019.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Chuol met her wife, Alexus, in January 2019.[3] They dated for nine months before becoming engaged. The couple got married in December the same year at New York City Hall, and have matching "XII" tattoos on their ring fingers.[6] Following their marriage, Chuol received homophobic abuse, particularly from communities in South Sudan, leading to her attempting suicide a few months later.[7] She spent three days in an intensive care unit and six more in hospital as a result.[3]

Chuol and Alexus were featured on the cover of Elle magazine in 2020.[7] As of September 2020 the couple live in London.[3]

The couple got divorced at the end of December 2021. [8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Okwodu, Janelle (27 August 2020). "Aweng Ade-Chuol Is the Beyoncé-Approved Multi-Hyphenate to Know". Vogue. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Aweng Chuol - OKAYAFRICA's 100 WOMEN". OkayAfrica. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e Agyemang, Nana (22 September 2020). "The South Sudanese Model Who Always Defies Expectations". The Cut. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  4. ^ Chan, Emily (20 June 2019). "Fenty Model Aweng Chuol On #BlueForSudan And The Crisis In Her Home Country". Vogue. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  5. ^ Gardner, Chris (24 November 2020). "Greg Berlanti, Robbie Rogers Star in Ralph Lauren Holiday Ad". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b Macon, Alexandra (7 July 2020). "After Marrying at City Hall, Model Aweng Ade-Chuol and Alexus Ade-Chuol Commemorated the Day With Tattoos and Pizza". Vogue. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  7. ^ a b Bremner, Jade (30 November 2020). "Model Aweng Ade-chuol kisses her wife on cover of Elle UK after homophobic abuse". The Independent. Retrieved 30 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Aweng Chuol Tweet". 22 March 2021.

External linksEdit

External video
  Courtney Act's One Plus One: Aweng Chuol, One Plus One, ABC News