The couple posed for the beautiful photoshoot for the journal’s January problem
(Image: ELLE UK/Meinke Klein)
Trend mannequin Aweng Ade-Chuol has taken a stand in opposition to the homophobic abuse she obtained after getting married final yr, by showing on the quilt of Elle UK journal in a clinch along with her spouse.
The South Sudanese supermodel and nail artist Alexus posed for the beautiful cowl as a part of a shoot for the journal’s January problem, which is on sale from as we speak.
Within the accompanying interview, Aweng spoke candidly in regards to the abuse and the impact it had on her psychological well being.
Set off warning: This text incorporates reference to suicide.
Identical-sex marriage has been constitutionally banned in South Sudan since 2011, and Aweng confronted extreme backlash from her group after her wedding ceremony in New York final December.
‘We obtained married and the entire world, actually the entire of my group, have been wishing that I handed, in a approach… A number of months later, I try [suicide],’ she told the magazine.
‘It was actually absurd, as a result of subconsciously I felt I used to be possibly drained by the actual fact we’d obtained married. It’s nonetheless a dialogue now, like, “How dare she marry a lady?” You may’t management what folks say, and there have been tabloids and newspapers again in Sudan… It was a complete factor.’
Aweng shared the psychological impression of her ordeal on the time in an Instagram submit, saying: ‘Utterly torn. I can’t rise up as we speak. I’ll verify in subsequent week. This world continues to fail each model of my existence. Relaxation in energy. You screamed for assist & the world watched.’
In a later submit, Aweng revealed that she had tried to take her personal life two months beforehand.
She wrote: ‘I tried suicide two months in the past as we speak.
‘And I simply wish to say, that I’m in a a lot better place. And nobody needed to know that – but it surely’s good to get it out of my chest.
‘I really feel properly sufficient to. Particularly as we speak. I’m grateful for all times.’
Aweng recommended ‘remedy and self-acceptance’ as coping mechanisms for LGBTQIA+ folks going through related conditions. In September, she wrote the phrases ‘I’m a lesbian’ on Twitter for the primary time, and she or he advised Elle UK the response was ‘stunning’.
‘I want I may say, “Let me maintain the torch for the LGBTQIA+ Sudanese group,” but it surely’s lots for one particular person to deal with,’ she continued. ‘I’m human on the finish of the day, I’m very human, I’m studying myself.’