Adut Akech is not just your regular model, the stunning beauty has beaten all odds and smashed many stumbling blocks to becoming one of the world’s top models at the age of 19.
Adut’s story is one of immense inspiration; barely six years old, Adut was forced to flee South Sudan, and then grow up in Kakuma – the largest refugee camp in Kenya, before emigrating to Australia.
She got her modeling break at 16 when she was booked to walk exclusively for Saint Laurent. Now, she has closed Chanel couture shows as the late Karl Lagerfeld’s “bride”, fronted campaigns for Valentino, Fendi, Missoni, and Miu Miu, starred on the covers of multiple international editions of Vogue and recently, the Duchess of Sussex called her personally when Vogue’s September cover dropped earlier this month to tell her she was “an inspiration”.
But that is not all to Adut Akech, this supermodel is determined to convert her success story into a parable and she is lending her voice to the plight of all refugees.
“I want to help people to understand that refugees are normal people, just like everybody else, you don’t choose to be a refugee. “You don’t wake up thinking, ‘I’m going to be a refugee’. The only difference between a refugee and someone who grew up in the Western world is that we were forced out of our own country, out of our homes, because of fear – not out of choice.” Adut told Vogue.
Adut Akech is an inspiration to us all.
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