Adut Akech is Best Known For Walking the ramp for some of the industry biggies like Valentino, Givenchy, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Marc Jacobs, Hugo Boss, Burberry, Victoria Beckham, Versace, Fendi, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, and Saint Laurent. Having been featured on the covers of magazines like Vogue UK, 10 Magazine Australia, Vogue Australia, Vogue Italy, Vogue Korea, Le Monde M Magazine, and L’Officiel Singapore.
Born Name Adut Akech Bior
Nick Name Adut
Years active 2016–present
Born: December 25, 19990, 20 years and 1 months, South Sudan
Sun Sign Capricorn
Height 5 ft 9 in or 175 cm
Hair Color Black. She has Twic Bor, a South Sudanese tribe, ancestry.
Eye Color Dark Brown
Measurements 30-23-33 inches / 76-58-84 cm
Bra size 31B
Adut Akech has studied Economics.
Siblings – Akuol Akech (Younger Sister), Yar Akech (Younger Sister). She has 3 more siblings.
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.
Akech was born in South Sudan (formerly part of Sudan), but was raised in Kakuma, Kenya. She was 7 years old when she moved away from Kenya along with her mother to Adelaide, Australia as South Sudanese refugees. Akech has five siblings. Akech is known in Adelaide as Mary, as Australian teachers were unable to pronounce her name.
Akech was introduced to the fashion industry by her family, and despite getting scouted multiple times by local modeling agencies when she was 13 and 14 years old, she started her modeling 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 runway debut was in a local fashion show, put together by her aunt. She then went on doing 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 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 McQueen, Givenchy, Kenzo, Prada, Lanvin, Loewe, Miu Miu, Acne Studios, Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Jason Wu, Bottega Veneta, Anna Sui, Calvin Klein, JW Anderson, Simone Rocha, Burberry, Off-white, Ellery, Jil Sander Giambattista Valli, Proenza Schouler and Versace.
She shot editorials for American Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, I-D Magazine, Le Monde M Magazine, Modern Matter, Numero, The Gentlewoman, WSJ., T Magazine and Vogue Australia. Akech has landed magazine covers for I-D Magazine, 10 Magazine Australia, Vogue Italia, Vogue UK, Vogue Australia, Portrait, Elle Croatia, L’Officiel Singapore and Le Monde M Magazine. She is set to feature in the 2018 Pirelli Calendar, shot by Tim Walker, alongside Sasha Lane, Lil Yachty, Sean Combs, Whoopi Goldberg, RuPaul, Adwoa Aboah, Naomi Campbell and Slick Woods.
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, the 19-year-old took the industry vote by storm for Models.com Industry Awards.
Meanwhile, Gigi Hadid, 23, scored the reader choice vote for the female model of the year.
Adut Akech is represented by –
Chadwick Models – Sydney (Mother Agency)
Elite Copenhagen – Copenhagen
Elite Spain – Barcelona
Elite Milan – Milan
Elite London – London
Elite Paris – Paris
The Society Management – New York
Adut Akech has done endorsement work for the likes of Coach, Estee Lauder, Versace, Moschino, Fendi, and Valentino.
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
Month – December
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.