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Adut Akech

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Adut Akech Bior is a South Sudanese-Australian model. Akech made her fashion week runway debut as an exclusive in the Saint Laurent S/S 17 show and went on to close both their F/W 17 and S/S 18 shows as an exclusive. In 2018, she was chosen as “Model of the Year” by models.com, an honour which was repeated the next year. Models.com includes Akech in its list of the “New Supers.”

Years active: 2016–present
Born: December 25, 1999, 24 years old and 6 months, South Sudan
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height 5 ft 10 in – 1.78 m
Hair Color: Black. She has Twic Bor, a South Sudanese tribe, ancestry.
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Measurements: 30-23-33 in – 76-58-84 cm
Bra size: 32A US – 70A EU

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Education

Adut Akech has studied Economics.

Family

Siblings – Akuol Akech (Younger Sister), Yar Akech (Younger Sister). She has 3 more siblings.

Early life

Adut Akech was raised in KakumaKenya. Akech was born on Christmas Day, on the way to Kenya. She was 7 years old when she moved from Kenya along with her mother to AdelaideAustralia as South Sudanese refugees seeking asylum. They also had relatives there. Akech has five siblings. Akech was known as “Mary”, her Christian second name in Adelaide, as Australian teachers found it difficult to pronounce her name.

Career

Early work 2016-2019

Akech was introduced to the fashion industry by her family, and despite getting scouted multiple times by local modelling agencies when she was 13 and 14 years old, she started her modelling career at 16 years old, signing to her mother agency, Chadwick Models, in Sydney, Australia. Within the fashion industry, she prefers her birth name, Adut.

Akech’s runway debut was in a local fashion show, put together by her aunt. She then went on to walk in Melbourne Fashion Week, where she took digitals for a Saint Laurent casting in Paris Fashion Week. After Melbourne Fashion Week, back home in Adelaide, she got a call from her agent confirming her for the Saint Laurent show, and took a flight to Paris a day after, making her major Fashion Week debut at Saint Laurent’s S/S 17 show and signing to Elite Model Management in Paris. Since then, Akech has done 4 campaigns and closed 2 shows for Saint Laurent, 1 campaign and 2 shows for Valentino, one campaign for Zara, and one campaign for Moschino, as well as walked for Alexander McQueenGivenchyKenzoPradaLanvinLoeweMiu MiuAcne StudiosTom FordTory BurchJason WuBottega VenetaAnna SuiCalvin KleinJW AndersonSimone RochaBurberryOff-White, Ellery, Jil SanderGiambattista ValliProenza Schouler and Versace.

She has shot editorials for American VogueBritish VogueVogue ItaliaVogue ParisI-D MagazineLe Monde M MagazineModern MatterNuméroThe GentlewomanWSJ.T Magazine and Vogue Australia. Akech has landed magazine covers for I-D Magazine10 Magazine AustraliaVogue ItaliaBritish VogueVogue AustraliaPortraitElle CroatiaL’Officiel Singapore and Le Monde M Magazine. She is set to feature in the 2018 Pirelli Calendar, shot by Tim Walker, alongside Sasha LaneLil YachtySean CombsWhoopi GoldbergRuPaulAdwoa AboahNaomi Campbell and Slick Woods. She was Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s ambassador for 2019.

In 2019, Who magazine ran a feature about Akech but printed a picture of another model instead of her. Akech said that the error was “unacceptable and inexcusable” and felt that the “entire race has been disrespected.” Who apologised to her for the error. In this year, Akech also started working with the United Nations Refugee Agency to help refugees. In her words, “Refugees are just like everyone else”, and she would want to be a positive role model for people that are in similar situations to her upbringing.

In 2023, Adut started working with the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees , promoting causes to support refugees worldwide.

Rise to prominence 2020- present

In 2020, Adut Akech was featured beside Naomi Campbell in Beyonce’s “Black Is King” for the song “Brown Skin Girl”. Akech also appeared on the cover of the American Vogue in the same year.

In 2022, Akech worked several fall fashion campaigns including Michael Kors and Victoria’s Secret. Akech was also part of the Hugo Boss and H&M holiday campaign. She also appeared on the cover of the British Vogue and Vogue Italia.

Akech was also one of 17 cover models featured on the September issue of The W Magazine as a part of their 50th Anniversary Issue. In 2023 Akech was part of the Victoria’s Secret campaign along with Naomi Campbell. Akech also appeared on the American Vogue for the May Issue alongside Natalia VodianovaDevon AokiNaomi CampbellAnok YaiGigi HadidLiu WenAmber VallettaShalom Harlow celebrating Karl Lagerfeld’s legacy.

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In 2024 she was part of the Valentino perfume advertising campaign. Akech appeared on the cover of British Vogue for the March issue alongside Gigi HadidKaia GerberCindy CrawfordImanKate MossLinda EvangelistaCara DelevigneIrina ShaykKarlie KlossVittoria Ceretti which celebrated 40 icons in the fashion industry.

Honours

She was one of fifteen women selected to appear on the cover of the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, by guest editor Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

On 2 December 2019, she won the ‘Model of the Year’ award at the British Fashion Awards in London.

Akech is currently ranked on the Hot List on models.com.

She the Sudanese-Australian model who has strutted on runways across the globe.

And it appears all of her hard work has paid off, as Adut Akech Bior has been named the world number one model (2019).

Topping supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid, took the industry vote by storm for Models.com Industry Awards.

Meanwhile, Gigi Hadid, scored the reader choice vote for the female model of the year.

First Fashion Week

She made her major fashion week debut at the Saint Laurent S/S 17 show.

First TV Show

Adut Akech made her first TV show appearance in the comedy talk-show, Fashion Police, in 2017.

Adut Akech Favorite Things

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Adut Akech Facts

She initially grew up in Kakuma, Kenya. Later, when she was 7, she relocated with her mother as South Sudanese refugees in Adelaide, Australia.

In Australia, while she was studying, she was better known as ‘Mary’ because her first name ‘Adut’ was a bit difficult for the teachers to pronounce.

She learned to write from her older sister.

Many modeling agencies kept scouting Adut when she was around 13 years old. However, she started modeling at the age of 16.

She has been ranked in the Top 50 and Hot List on models.com.

Her journey from living in a refugee camp to becoming one of the top models in the industry has been an inspiration to many.

Adut life in the refugee camp was full of hardships and she used to play with her cousins with a ball made of rags.

She considers herself luckier than her cousins as unlike them, she never witnessed violence or murder.

Being a model of color, she thinks that the fashion industry should be more open to diversity.

She feels saddened by the notions of national boundaries and believes that everyone should be free and happy.

She has battled depression and anxiety.

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