Models Adut Akech and Fran Summers are styled by Alex Harrington for ‘Pier Pressure’. Photographer Angelo Pennetta captures the duo on location in Italy for Vogue US June 2019./ Hair by Mustafa Yanaz; makeup by Jen Myles
Top model Adut Akech is styled by Clare Richardson in all Fendi for ‘The Last Hour’. Josh Olins is behind the lens for Vogue Italia April 2019./ Hair by Cim Mahony; makeup by Francelle
Rising stars Adut Akech and Anok Yai are styled by Tonne Goodman in ‘Suit Yourself’, lensed by Theo Sion for Vogue US May 2019./ Hair by Odile Gilbert; makeup by Mark Carrasquillo
The pervasive rise of model Adut Akech gets another boost, covering the May 2019 issue of Allure US. Daniel Jackson captures Adut, with styling in Prada, Versace, Balenciaga and more by Alex White. / Hair by Ward; makeup by Hannah Murray
Baze Mpinja conducts the interview. ‘Adut’s World’.
Models Adut Akech, Anok Yai and Ugbad Abdi are styled by Carolos Mazario in ‘Fancy That’, lensed by Tyler Mitchell for Vogue US April 2019./ Hair by Jimmy Paul; makeup by Susie Sobol
Models Abby Champion, Adut Akech, Mica Arganaraz, Paloma Elsesser, and Vittoria Ceretti ‘Go West’, styled by Alex Harrington in “dazzling blocks of print and fabrics built to move”. Welcome to the modern West Coast wardrobe, photographed by Angelo Pennetta for Vogue US March 2019./ Hair by Recine; makeup by Fara Homidi
AOC has followed closely the rise of South Sudanese model Adut Akech out of the horrors of civil war to the famous Kakuma camp for refugees in Kenya and then to Australia, arriving with her family into the waiting arms of Adut’s aunt.
The word ‘supermodel’ is thrown around so loosely today, that it’s almost meaningless. But the bone structure of Adut’s high-speed career feels very sound, truly solid — in an old-fashioned way. Her editorial work is truly outstanding, and editor-in-chief Edward Enninful pulled out all the stops for ‘My Seditious Heart’. lensed by Arthur Elgort with styling by Grace Coddington for the April 2019 issue of British Vogue. / Hair by Julien D’Ys; makeup by Francelle Daly; set design by Mary Howard
Rising stars Adut Akech, Anok Yai and Kaia Gerber front Fendi’s Spring Summer 2019 campaign, lensed by the now-deceased Karl Lagerfeld. For those who suggest that the love fest between Adut and Kaia above is staged for the ad campaign, the two young women are very close friends in real life.
As fashion struggles to acknowledge past sins around diversity and in our human relationships generally, we must also acknowledge the reality of inspiring relationships as well. While I am totally exasperated with Gucci and Prada over blackface sweaters and trinkets, and now we add Burberry’s lynching/suicide rope from the Fall 2019 show, I want to just scream.
Simultaneously, when deep relationships and friendships between black women and white women exist — as is the case between Adut and Kaia — they must also receive our positive acknowledgement. Many will accuse Lagerfeld of staging the intimate, powerful photo of Kaia and Adut that leads this post. Thankfully, it is for real, and I am grateful for their message for humanity. Goddess knows we need it. ~ Anne