Suki Waterhouse for Lady Garden Campaign

Suki Waterhouse by Greg Williams

Suki Waterhouse wants women to talk about their vaginas. She wants women to talk about their vaginas because, currently, it’s a topic of conversation so rare, that it’s actually killing us. In aid of this, Suki has joined forces with Lady Garden Campaign, which every year enlists a starry clutch of celebrity supporters to help publicize the little-discussed risks of gynaecological cancer. With a devastating mortality rate, the cancer kills 21 women a day. “If we talk about these things, eventually we will know what to do,” says Waterhouse. “I wanted to be part of creating that awareness.”

Alongside her co-campaigners Cara Delevingne, sister Chloeand Naomi Campbell, Waterhouse has fashioned her own, bespoke Lady Garden T-shirt, emblazoned with a delicate shell and the words “Mi Concha”. If the issue the tee promotes is gravely serious, the inspiration around her design is more whimsical. “My sisters and I are always doing quick-fire rounds for different words for vagina, and this was a favourite. I wanted to go with themes of nature, and I thought using a shell would represent this. A shell is beautiful, delicate and natural, and can break easily if not cared for.”

Waterhouse argues that the awkwardness surrounding vaginas is instilled in girls from a young age—an experience that boys, perhaps, don’t share. “I remember at school talking with some friends, and saying we had ‘two holes’, and we got in trouble with the teachers,” she recalls. “So it was kind of ingrained in us that it was a private thing. And, in the classic British way of ‘keep calm and carry on,’ we never discussed things like Pap smears and other important issues that need to be discussed.”

So through knowledge, and normalization, Waterhouse hopes the bizarre taboo that surrounds female genitalia can be overcome. Because not only does it furnish the majority of teenage girls with the pervasive anxiety that they should not talk about their vaginas (when their male counterparts are encouraged to banter about their penises), it can end up killing too many women.

“Half the population has a vagina and a period and it’s still something that seems to be ‘embarrassing’ to talk about.”

Lady Garden Campaign t-shirts available at Selfridges and Blackscore; @gynaecancerfund

Photograph: Greg Williams. Make up: Christine Anderson at Charlotte Tilbury. Hair: Lucy Jones at Larry King Hair. Styling: Emily Evans. Producer: Mika Simmons

 

 

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