December 4th 2019 (Nyamilepedia) – South Sudanese-Australian, Adut Akech, has been named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards conducted Tuesday in London.
The 19-year-old model who stunned on the red carpet with her strapless green Valentino gown and who was nominated alongside Adesuwa Aighewi, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber and Winnie Harlow, was recognized at the Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.
“It is important for all of us to remember that someone like me winning this award is a rarity,” Akech said. “This is for the young women and men who found representation and validation in my work. I want them to never be afraid of dreaming big like I once did.”
She added: “Whatever it is you want to do, whether it’s modelling or acting or medicine, you should never doubt yourself.”
“Don’t let the world convince you that it is not possible.”
Even though Akech became a refugee at seven years old, she has been instrumental in the modelling industry since she made her professional runway debut for Yves Saint Laurent in the designer’s spring/summer in 2017.
Born in South Sudan in 1999, Akech was raised in Kakuma, Kenya before moving to Adelaide, Australia with her mother at the age of seven. At age 12, she walked in a fashion show for her aunt who owned a boutique in Adelaide.