19 years old Adut Akech wins model of the year at British Fashion Awards





Supermodel Adut Akech received a standing ovation at the 2019 Fashion Awards on Monday night after giving a rousing speech on diversity in the fashion industry.

A host of young and burgeoning talent were presented with honours at the awards, which are now in their 33rd year of running.

Among them was 19-year-old Sudanese-Australian model Akech – who became a refugee at 7 years old – as she collected the prize for Model of the Year.

While the majority of winners on the night used their moment on stage to thank the 2,500 key members of the fashion industry who nominate, and then elect the winners, Akech chose to shine a spotlight on the need for greater diversity.

“It is important for all of us to remember that someone like me winning this award is a rarity,” Akech said after expressing her gratitude for being given the award.
“This is for the young women and men who found representation and validation in my work. I want them to never be afraid of dreaming big like I once did.

“This is for the young women and men who found representation and validation in my work. I want them to never be afraid of dreaming big like I once did.