Erika Hanson

Meet the 19-year-old Model of the Year Adut Akech

Erika Hanson
Meet the 19-year-old Model of the Year Adut Akech

The Adelaide model Adut Akech went from refugee in South Sudan to walking Fashion Week catwalks in a couple years, whilst also being named last year’s Model of the Year.

Making her runway debut for Saint Laurent’s S/S 2017 show at only 16-years-old, it only went up from there for Akech. She made history last year by becoming the second African model to serve as a bride in Chanel’s Haute Couture F/W 2018 show and also close the show. She landed her first solo Vogue cover for British Vogue last month, wearing a confectionary Marc Jacobs outfit and Bulgari diamonds.

But walking the runway isn’t her only passion. She wants to start her own modelling agency in South Sudan. Akech’s family emigrated from Kenya to Australia when she was six, and she said, “Even if I become the richest model in the world I will still be a refugee.” In her interview with British Vogue, the model said she would like to start her own modeling agency back in South Sudan. “There are so many beautiful dark-skinned girls that have the potential,” she said, “but they just don’t have the connections or the resources.”