Adut Akech opened up to ELLE Magazine about her childhood as a refugee from South Sudan, the bullying and racism she endured after moving to Australia as a child.
KAMPALA | LIFESTYLE UGANDA — In an interview with ELLE Magazine, supermodel Adut Akech discusses her childhood as a South Sudanese refugee, the bullying and racism she experienced after migrating to Australia as a child.
Akech also spoke with the publication about what being designated as an Estée Lauder global brand ambassador means to her and how her modelling work is key to helping create a world where people like her won’t be judged for their worth.
In her own words, Akech said, “I never, ever, in my wildest dreams, thought I would have achieved half of what I have now.”.
”This is for my little sisters, for Black girls all over the world, for refugees. I am doing it for the communities who aren’t seen or heard and that’s my responsibility,” she added.
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Model Adut Akech appeared in the ELLE magazine feature styled by Alex White, and for the cover, she wore a black dress from Prada’s 2017 Fall/Winter collection.
To complement her bold lips and muted eye makeup, the South Sudanese-Australian model opted for a stunning braided updo, and the whole look worked perfectly, matching the cover’s aesthetic.
Getting to where she is today began in Narus, South Sudan, and stretched across refugee camps in Kenya and to Adelaide, Australia, where she was raised with her five siblings.
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In contrast with her past, today she, along with other models, including Ugbad Abdi and Kaia Gerber, who share the April cover of Vogue, represent the cultural diversity that has adorned the modern catwalk.
You can read Adut Akech’s full feature on ELLE magazine at www.elle.com.
This article is supported by Makeup Store Uganda, a Cosmetics Store in Kampala with original makeup products from Europe. They are located at Equatorial shopping mall, level 2 shop no 272, and you may contact them via WhatsApp at +256793851784 or by phone at +256789436581.