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Born 25 December 1999 is a SudaneseAustralian model. Akech made her fashion week runway debut as an exclusive in the Saint Laurent’s S/S 17 show and went on to close both their F/W 17 and S/S 18 shows as an exclusive. In 2018, she was chosen as “Model of the Year” by models.com. Akech was born in South Sudan, and raised in Kakuma, Kenya. She was seven years old when she moved away from Kenya along with her mother to Adelaide, Australia as South Sudanese refugees. Akech has 5 siblings. Akech is known in Adelaide as “Mary”, as Australian teachers were unable to pronounce her name Akech was introduced to the fashion industry by her family, and despite getting scouted multiple times by local modeling agencies when she was 13 and 14 years old, she started her modeling career

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at 16 years old, signing to her mother agency, Chadwick Models, in Sydney, Australia. Within the fashion industry, she prefers her birth name Adut. Akech’s runway debut was in a local fashion show, put together by her aunt. She then went on doing Melbourne Fashion Week, where she took digitals for a Saint Laurent casting in Paris Fashion Week. After Melbourne Fashion Week, back home in Adelaide, she got a call from her agent confirming her for the Saint Laurent show, and took a flight to Paris a day after, making her major Fashion Week debut at Saint Laurent’s S/S 17 show and signing t o E l i t e Model Management in Paris. Since then, Akech has done 4 campaigns and closed 2 shows for Saint Laurent, 1 campaign and 2 shows for Valentino one campaign for Zara and o ne campaign for Moschino as well as walked for Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Kenzo, Prada, Lanvin, Loewe, Miu Miu, Acne Studios, Tom Ford, Tory Burch, Jason Wu, Bottega Veneta, Anna Sui, Calvin Klein, JW Anderson, Simone Rocha, Burberry, Off-White, Ellery, Jill Sander, Giambattista Valli, Proenza Schouler and Versace. She’s shot editorials for American Vogue, British Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, I-D Magazine, Le Monde M Magazine, Modern Matter, Numéro, The Gentlewoman, WSJ, T Magazine and Vogue Australia. Akech has landed magazine covers for I-D Magazine, 10 Magazine Australia, Vogue Italia, Vogue UK, Vogue Australia, Portrait, Elle Croatia, L’Official Singapore, Le Monde M Magazine and now The Beau Guide. She’s also is set to feature in the 2018 Pirelli Calemdar shot by Tim Walker alongside Sasha Lane, Lil Yachty, Sean Combs, Whoopi Goldberg, RuPaul, Adwoa Aboah, Naomi Campbell and Slick Woods Akech is currently ranked on the Hot List on models.com.

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