Though a new face to the fashion scene, the remarkably stunning South Sudanese model Adut Akech has already made history. With only a few years under her belt, she has landed major ad campaigns for legendary houses like Saint Laurent and Valentino. Her headline-splashing success—signing an exclusive with Saint Laurent for the Spring/Summer 2017 show, gracing three Vogue covers and earning a spot on the Business of Fashion (BoF) 500—has fashioned her into a driving force in an industry shifting towards increased cultural diversity and inclusion. “I represent black girls, I represent refugees, I represent people that came from nothing and made
something of themselves,” she told BoF. Among fellow dark-skinned supermodels that have strutted into history before her (namely, Naomi Campbell, Alek Wek, and more) Akech’s mere presence proudly reinforces that Black still is and forever will be beautiful.