King said in an interview that this photograph was taken as he tried to explain to his daughter Yolanda why she could not go to Funtown, a whites-only amusement park in Atlanta. King claims to have been tongue-tied when speaking to her. “One of the most painful experiences I have ever faced was to see her tears when I told her Funtown was closed to colored children, for I realized the first dark cloud of inferiority had floated into her little mental sky.”
Having modelled and featured on the runway for the likes of Vivienne Westwood, KTZ, Mr Hare, Spencer Hart and Billy Reid, England-based South African model Mac Phiri (who was scouted accompanying a friend to a walk-in at a modelling agency) is fast becoming a staple in menswear lookbooks, fashion editorials and men’s fashion runways.
Here he is for noted Irish designer Orla Kiely’s SS14 debut menswear collection for John Lewis.