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Adut Akech
Akech modelling for Roberto Cavalli in 2022
Adut Akech Bior

(1999-12-25) 25 December 1999 (age 24)[3]
NationalityAustralian, South Sudanese
Years active2016–present
Modelling information
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[1]
Hair colourBlack[1]
Eye colourBrown[1]

Adut Akech Bior[5] (/əˈdʊt əˈkɛ/ ə-DUUT ə-KETCH;[4][6][7] born 25 December 1999) 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.[8] In 2018, she was chosen as "Model of the Year" by models.com,[9] an honour which was repeated the next year.[10] Models.com includes Akech in its list of the "New Supers."[11]

Early life[edit]

Adut Akech was born in Sudan (in an area that later became part of South Sudan), but was raised in Kakuma, Kenya. Akech was born on Christmas Day, on the way to Kenya.[12]She was 7 years old when she moved from Kenya along with her mother to Adelaide, Australia as South Sudanese refugees seeking asylum. They also had relatives there.[13] [14]Akech has five siblings.[15] Akech was known as "Mary", her Christian second name in Adelaide, as Australian teachers found it difficult to pronounce her name.[16][17]


Early work 2016-2019[edit]

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,[18][19] one campaign for Zara,[20] and one campaign for Moschino,[21] as well as walked for Alexander McQueen,[22] Givenchy,[22] Kenzo, Prada,[23] 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 has shot editorials for American Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris,[24] I-D Magazine, Le Monde M Magazine, Modern Matter, Numéro, The Gentlewoman, WSJ., T Magazine and Vogue Australia.[25] Akech has landed magazine covers for I-D Magazine, 10 Magazine Australia, Vogue Italia, British Vogue, Vogue Australia, Portrait, Elle Croatia, L'Officiel Singapore and Le Monde M Magazine.[26][27] 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.[28] She was Melbourne Spring Fashion Week's ambassador for 2019.[29]

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.[30] 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.[31]

In 2023, Adut started working with the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees , promoting causes to support refugees worldwide.[32]

Rise to prominence 2020- present[edit]

In 2020, Adut Akech was featured beside Naomi Campbell in Beyonce's "Black Is King" for the song "Brown Skin Girl".[33] 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.[34][35] Akech was also part of the Hugo Boss and H&M holiday campaign.[1] 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.[36] 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 Vodianova, Devon Aoki, Naomi Campbell, Anok Yai, Gigi Hadid, Liu Wen, Amber Valletta, Shalom Harlow celebrating Karl Lagerfeld's legacy.[2]

In 2024 she was part of the Valentino perfume advertising campaign.[3] Akech appeared on the cover of British Vogue for the March issue alongside Gigi Hadid, Kaia Gerber, Cindy Crawford, Iman, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Cara Delevigne, Irina Shayk, Karlie Kloss, Vittoria Ceretti which celebrated 40 icons in the fashion industry. [4]


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.[37]

On 2 December 2019, she won the 'Model of the Year' award at the British Fashion Awards in London.[38]


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  3. ^ Akech, Adut (7 August 2017). "The new face of David Jones, Adut Akech, writes a letter to her 6-year-old self - Vogue Australia". www.vogue.com.au.
  4. ^ a b "Adut Akech Bior on Instagram: "As @vogueitalia April Issue cover girl, I've done a quick get to know me interview. I talk about things such as the start of my modelling..."". Instagram. Archived from the original on 25 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Meet the new "black magic girl" Adut Akech Bior, who is raising the flag of Africa high". 19 July 2017. Archived from the original on 25 December 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Model Adut Akech's 5-Minute Bedtime Routine for Glowing Skin | Beauty Secrets". Vogue. 12 April 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  7. ^ "#SOCIETY60 - Episode 3 - Say My Name: Adut Akech". The Society Management. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  8. ^ Wallace, Francesca (27 September 2017). "Australian model Adut Akech just closed Saint Laurent's Paris show - Vogue Australia". www.vogue.com.au.
  9. ^ "Model of the Year 2018". models.com.
  10. ^ "Model of the Year 2019". models.com.
  11. ^ "New Supers". models.com.
  12. ^ Kale, Sirin (3 January 2021). "Adut Akech: 'I was just this shy kid'". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 27 March 2024.
  13. ^ Spring, Alexandra (27 September 2017). "Adut's triumph: the Australian refugee taking on the fashion world". the Guardian.
  14. ^ Kale, Sirin (3 January 2021). "Adut Akech: 'I was just this shy kid'". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 27 March 2024.
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  16. ^ "Meet Adut Akech: The 17-Year-Old Australian Model Who Closed Saint Laurent Between HSC Studies". Archived from the original on 19 March 2019. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  17. ^ Kale, Sirin (3 January 2021). "Adut Akech: 'I was just this shy kid'". The Observer. ISSN 0029-7712. Retrieved 27 March 2024.
  18. ^ Friedman, Vanessa (5 March 2018). "A Shades of Gray Show That Was Genuinely Worth Watching". The New York Times.
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  20. ^ "Zara - Spring / Summer 2018 - Ad Campaign". fashiongonerogue.com. 26 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Moschino - Spring / Summer 2018 - Ad Campaign". fashiongonerogue.com. 17 January 2018.
  22. ^ a b Pithers, Ellie (March 2018). "Meet Adut Akech, The South Sudanese Beauty Walking Every Major Autumn Catwalk". www.vogue.co.uk.
  23. ^ "At Prada, Supermodels, Virtual Models, and a History-Making Moment". vogue.com. 22 February 2018.
  24. ^ English, Vogue (26 January 2018). "Kaia Gerber stars on the cover of Vogue Paris' February issue". vogue.fr.
  25. ^ "Pure jean-ius (Vogue Australia)". models.com.
  26. ^ "Create a Cool Look This Season with These Perfect Pieces". wsj.com.
  27. ^ "Vogue Italia January 2018: Restarting issue". vogue.it. 4 January 2018.
  28. ^ "An all-black Cast for the 2018 Calendar". pirellicalendar.pirelli.com.
  29. ^ "South Sudanese-Australian model named Melbourne Fashion Week ambassador".
  30. ^ Woodyatt, Amy (26 August 2019). "Magazine publishes image of wrong model in Adut Akech feature". CNN Style. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  31. ^ "Adut Akech: "Refugees Are Just Like Everybody Else"". British Vogue. 5 August 2019. Retrieved 4 November 2022.
  32. ^ "The Business of Fashion". The Business of Fashion. 27 October 2023. Retrieved 4 June 2024.
  33. ^ Gonzales, Erica (24 August 2020). "Beyoncé Releases the "Brown Skin Girl" Music Video". Harper's Bazaar. Hearst Magazine Media, LLC.
  34. ^ Lockwood, Lisa (20 August 2022). "Michael Kors Collection Campaign Features Adut Akech and Rianne Van Rompaey". WWD. Retrieved 4 November 2022.
  35. ^ Ell, Kellie (3 October 2022). "Victoria's Secret Partners With Adut Akech, Bella Hadid, Rose Namajunas, Bethann Hardison and More for New Campaign". WWD. Retrieved 4 November 2022.
  36. ^ "All Eyes on Adut Akech". W Magazine. 6 September 2022. Retrieved 4 November 2022.
  37. ^ "Meghan Markle puts Sinéad Burke on the cover of Vogue's September issue". The Irish Times. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  38. ^ Celletti, Erin Nicole (3 December 2019). "Adut Akech Is Officially "Model of the Year"". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 18 March 2021.

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