FROM REFUGEE TO GLOBAL STAR: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ADUT AKECH
Who knew that escaping war to find refuge in another country will turn out to be a bright future? Is there a possibility that one will be a refugee today and a global star tomorrow? Well, there is. And Adut Akech is living proof.
Adut Akech was born in South Sudan on the 25th of December 1999. She was however raised in Kakuma, Kenya. The first 7 years of her life were spent in a refugee camp. In 2005, the Mount Elgon insurgency made Adut’s home(the refugee camp) a dangerous place to live. Together with her mother and 5 siblings, the family moved to Adelaide, Australia. It wasn’t an easy task to accomplish because they’ve had to tread refugee camps to leave the country.
When she started school, things started to look great for the child. If she has ever had trouble because of the colour of her skin, the media is yet to know. What was difficult though, was her name. The teachers and some students would rather call Adut “Mary” because they found that easier to pronounce. Mary was an easy name to bear because that was her mother’s name.
How Adut Akech Started Her Modelling Career
In Adelaide, Adut found solace in her aunt who was a former model and at the time had her clothing label. By the age of 13, this aunt convinced Adut to walk the runway in some of her collections during a local fashion show. It was then that her love for fashion began to grow.
Adut’s grace on the runway got Modeling agencies scouting her. It seemed that her mother insisted on education first before any other thing. So Adut only modelled for her aunt.
At 16, Adut Akech was free to chase her dreams in modelling. Her agent quickly got her a gig to do digitals for a Saint Laurent casting in Paris Fashion Week during the Melbourne Fashion Week. There was great joy when the news came that she had to travel to Paris the next day because the show had been confirmed.
Adut Akech Major Management Signing And Other Deals
In the middle of her major Fashion Week debut, Akech got signed to the Elite Model Management in Paris. She then decided that she wouldn’t respond to the name “Mary’ anymore. “Adut” was a more unique choice.
Adut has since done campaigns for Jason Wu, Moschino, Prada, Givenchy, Kenzo, Tom Ford, Burberry, Calvin Klein, and so many others.
With an older sister and four younger siblings, Adut may have felt that she had people looking up to her. She was also driven by her past. In an interview, Adut disclosed to Vogue’s Chioma Nnadi that, “Before I’m anything else, I am a refugee, and I’m so proud of that,”
Adut Akech wouldn’t be ranked amongst the “Top 50” if not for her dedication to work. She has professionally shot tutorials for Vogue Italia, Vogue British, Vogue Paris, Le Monde M Magazine, The Gentlewoman, Vogue Australia, and a lot more prestigious Organizations.
She has also landed magazine cover deals with Vogue, Portrait, Elle Croatia, and also worked with legends in the game such as Naomi Campbell, RuPaul, Adwoa Aboah, Slick Woods, Sacha Lane, and a lot more.
At the British Fashion Awards in London, Adut Akech won the Model of the Year awards on the 2nd of December 2019. She is also one of the fifteen women to have been selected to appear on the cover of the British Vogue in September 2019.
When Akech met Naomi Campbell, another globally recognized model with over two decades of experience, she couldn’t be happier. Akech has since bonded with Naomi who seems to have endless advice for the 21 years old dark-skinned refugee turned star. She likens Naomi to her mother and Naomi also proudly calls her daughter.
Demanding What Is Due Her
Although the “Christmas baby” is humble and friendly, she wouldn’t easily be stumped. The WHO Magazine has had to apologize to not just Adut Akech, but the entire African race. When WHO contacted Adut for a feature, she couldn’t be happier and gave details on her life as a child refugee. It was deemed “unacceptable and inexcusable” when WHO made the mistake of printing another black model on the article.
The South Sudanese-Australian model felt the black race had been disrespected considering the article spoke more of her life as a refugee. She felt that aside from her story, she was just yet another black woman. A white model wouldn’t have been disrespected in that way.
Adut Akech was a refugee turned global star who still holds her journey dear to her heart and so, she demanded an apology.
Adut Akech has seen great success in the modelling industry because of skin, grace, and aura.
Her confidence should be what the younger ones would want to attain someday. She is a star that has been wanting to shine since the war in Kenya. She has now been uncovered.
She has gone a long way to prove that dark African skin is a perfection of nature’s creation and that nobody should doubt what a dark skin can achieve.
Don’t you think that Adut looks like Lupita Nyong’o? Well, comment and tell us what you think about her story.
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