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Adut Akech Moves the Needle at Paris Couture Week

PARIS — Paris Couture Week was the season of Adut Akech.
The 18-year-old model walked for every major house, and closed both the Chanel and Valentino shows, becoming only the second black model in history to land the coveted bridal spot in a Chanel couture show — the first being fellow Sudanese model Alek Wek in 2004.
“I’m still head over heels on cloud nine about it. It still feels very unreal,” Akech, speaking by telephone a few days later, says of her banner season.
“I feel like it’s such a good way for me to represent not just Sudanese girls, or my people, but any model of color that looks up to me or that dreams of doing these things: anything is possible. I’m so, so proud to be able to represent them,” she adds.
Born in war-torn South Sudan on Christmas Day 1999, Akech spent the first four years of her life in the Kakuma refugee camp in northern Kenya. After two years of shuttling between Nairobi and Nakuru, she moved to Australia at age six with her siblings and her mother, settling in Adelaide.
She started modeling at 15, and got her big break in Europe in September 2016, when Yves Saint Laurent

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