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All sun energy, get to know our ‘Euphoric’ cover star, Ajak Deng

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Stepping into Ajak Deng’s orbit, it’s all sun energy. An unbounding warmth that blinds you like the brightness that seeps through the curtains on a Sunday morning, our Euphoric cover star is the source of dopamine we yearn for. She is the sweet spot of the festive season – where the days are long and all concept of time dissolves into the folds of sweat, sex and a shared feeling of invincibility.

I look after myself by ... Exercising, meditating, eating well, lots of sleep, drinking lots of water and having a lot of personal days.

It's not hard to see why we were so drawn to Deng from the very start. She's emblematic – a vivacious spirit that can't be matched. On set, for our Euphoric cover story, she had us going all the way; happy dancing to The Bangles' Walk Like An Egyptian the way you can only do in your parent's living room on a Saturday night. Blinds drawn, CD player up all the way – the broom from the laundry becoming a makeshift microphone.


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When my imagination runs free it ... Feels like an out-of-control fire. If I wasn’t modelling, I would be ... Studying law or criminal justice.

Deng is no stranger to the runway either, making her mark for the likes of Off-White, Richard Quinn, Laquan Smith and more. In her downtime, her passion lies in the world of beauty – not only as a consumer, but a creator too, with a much-anticipated skincare brand on the way. Watch this space is our advice!


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The last time I REALLY laughed was ... Watching my nephew trying to swim in the winter [laughs]. It wasn’t
as warm as he thought.

A moment that defined me was ... I don’t think there is any moment that has ever defined me. I am still growing and learning every day.

She is the blushing red stain of dripping watermelon on a white tank. Burning asphalt that makes the balls of your feet go numb. A laugh-until-you-cry kind of girl. Deng possesses an unbridled elation that fills us whole. Let her be your summer muse.


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To experience the Euphoric issue in its entirety, the November edition of RUSSH will be available on newsstands from November 17 and through our shop online. Find a stockist near you.


FASHION Charlotte Agnew
MODEL Ajak Deng @ Chic Management wears OFF WHITE top from MARAIS;
GUCCI pants and belt; CARTIER earrings, necklace and ring; model’s own body jewellery.
HAIR Pete Lenon @ AP–REPS
HAIR COLOURIST Kathy Gilbert @ Crown Hair
MAKEUP Claire Thomson
SET DESIGN Claudia Bagnall
STYLIST’S ASSISTANT Chelsea Oh and Sophia Stamellos

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