Monday, September 20, 2010

Vogue Magazine October 2010: Social Responsibility...Anouck Lepere's Cause

"Anouck Lepere was studying architecture in Antwerp when she was persuaded to try modeling by her friends and fashion designers Dries van Noten and Olivier Theyskens. Thereafter she burst onto the modeling scene at the Paris shows in early 2000 and has since worked with prestigious photographers such as Steven Meisel, Mario Testino, Ines Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. In a very short space of time, she has appeared in most of the world's top fashion magazines such as Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and W. Anouck has her own line of jewelery." (Fashion Model Directory). 

Many of you may know Anouck from the old J.Crew catalogs, such as the one from June 2008, which was shot in Morocco. She has also modeled for Boden and now Talbots, as well. Anouck has recently written a small piece for the October 2010 edition of Vogue magazine chronicling her recent trips to Rwanda and her efforts in planning ways to improve a community and its surroundings there.

ANOUCK LEPERE'S CAUSE: Planning Ways To Improve A Community And Its Surroundings In Rwanda.

    "Earlier this year, I went on two trips to Banda Village, Rwanda, with Kageno, a charity that works to create sustainable development in impoverished African communities. Banda is located in the middle of a rainforest full of the most colorful birds and butterflies and beautiful natural springs. While there, I stayed in a house made of mud bricks, waking up to birdsong and going to bed when the sun went down.
     I had been searching for a new challenge in my life beyond modeling, which led me to volunteer with the organization. My focus for the first trip was helping the local engineer and agriculture specialist supervise landscaping efforts surrounding the village's nursery school. When some of the children saw me sketching plans, they wanted to draw, too. At another school I visited, I ended up teaching English for an hour. There was a question-and-answer session about what everyone did in a day. I tried to explain modeling by acting out how I posed for pictures and showed the clothes. The class couldn't stop laughing--they thought it was a very funny job. On this trip, we talked about the plans for a small athletic field, playground, and garden that needed to include medicinal plants like chili pepper and milk thistle. I also organized a cooking contest to help educate everyone about different types of foods and create some fun around preparing local vegetarian ingredients (meat is hard to come by here). Someone thought the no-meat rule excluded fish and slipped one from the lake into his dish. We were all surprised when we tasted that entry!
      During my second trip, I helped paint the walls of the school and continued meeting with the carpenters to plan the playground. I look forward to returning to the village, perhaps to help with the planned ecolodge, which will provide jobs and support for the community."



  1. She is so inspiring!
    I love how she describes trying to explain her job, and the fact that they thought it was hilarious!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Ohh, I love your blog! Thanks for leaving a comment on mine! Have an amazing day! Kris

  3. I agree Dani! She's very inspiring and appears to have a great sense of humor, too. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Kris: Thank you for stopping by and welcome! I'm so glad you're here! :)

  5. We love Anouck! So glad her inner beauty is on display for everyone to see as well. She is a gem.