Adut Akech Graces Elle USA August Issue, Talks Bullying and Racism

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.

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The August 2021 issue of ELLE USA magazine will hit newsstands on July 27th, featuring supermodel Adut Akech. PHOTO/ ELLE Magazine/Chris Colls

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.

  • Adut Akech covers the August 2021 issue of ELLE USA, on newsstands July 27.
  • See Adut Akech’s full interview with ELLE magazine at
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  • This article is supported by Makeup Store Uganda, a cosmetics store in Kampala.

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.”.

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”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.

”I do this for my little sisters, I do it for Black girls all around the world, I do it for refugees, I do it for people who are not seen or heard. That is my responsibility,” she added.

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

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.

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