m2m Mentor Mother Featured in Star-Studded Exhibit

Denise and Linamandla Manong, Khayelitsha Township, Western Cape, South Africa, 2014   © Annie Leibovitz from WOMEN: New Portraits

Denise and Linamandla Manong, Khayelitsha Township, Western Cape, South Africa, 2014
© Annie Leibovitz from WOMEN: New Portraits

South African Mentor Mother Denise and her daughter Lina are among the “women of outstanding achievement” featured in famed photographer Annie Leibovitz’s new exhibit – “Women: New Portraits” – which opened to large crowds in London on 16 January. They join dozens of famous women who have been photographed by Ms. Leibovitz, including Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi, comedian Amy Schumer, African American ballerina Misty Copeland, and singer Adele.

The exhibit is a continuation of a series of photographs of women from all walks of life – including artists, musicians, CEOs, politicians, writers, and philanthropists – that Ms. Leibovitz started 15 years ago. After its three-week London run, the exhibit will travel to nine cities over the next 12 months – Tokyo, San Francisco, Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York, and Zurich.

Ms. Leibovitz photographed Denise and her daughter in Cape Town two years ago for a Vogue article on the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Denise is a former m2m client, who met the organisation when she was pregnant with her first child and had just tested HIV positive. Her inspirational story of overcoming her HIV diagnosis and going on to support other women newly diagnosed with HIV as a Mentor Mother is captured in this moving video.

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