Adut Akech on his sneakers off and red lipstick for the party

In the fall of 2016, a newcomer named Adut Akech paraded on the Saint Laurent catwalk in a golden lamé dress and flat boots, a sign that the model would bring fiery glamor and innate roots to the fashion firmament. Five years later, gaping-toothed Akech is an editorial superstar, with many Vogue covers to her credit and a new role as Ambassador Estée Lauder. Her odyssey is well known: born in South Sudan, she spent the first seven years of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp, before her family moved to Australia. Akech, now based in Los Angeles, already has more than a few highlights of her career, including a turn as a Chanel couture bride, although at 21 she is just getting started. Naomi Campbell, whom she met in 2017 on a set of the Pirelli calendar, is a muse. (“She’s like a second mom to me,” Akech Recount The Guardian). But it is the cooking of his own mother that is an eternal comfort. Here, more of the model’s favorite things.

Styles file

EVERYDAY BAG: i just got a new one Alexander McQueen Curve bag that I love.
ESSENTIAL SHOE: Nike Air Force 1. Whenever I am not working you can find me in these.
CUPBOARD TREASURE: My mom and dad’s wedding photo.
BELOVED JEWELERY: Bracelet Tiffany & Co. T1.

Alexander McQueen Curve bag

Bracelet Tiffany & Co. T1

On beauty

SKIN SAVER: Estée Lauder Supreme + Revitalizing Moisturizer.
BATH RITUAL: I like a grapefruit or citrus scent bath bomb by Lush. Throw it away, light a candle and I’m ready!
PERFUME: Valentino Donna Born in Rome.
PARTY MAKEUP: A bold lip, like the new one Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Shine Lipstick in the shade 915 Royalty.
HAIR CARE: State, State, State! When I grow my hair olive oil It’s incredible.
DAILY BOOST: A gummy supplement for hair, skin and nails.

Estée Lauder Supreme + Revitalizing Moisturizer

Valentino Donna Born in Rome

Estée Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Shine Lipstick

Collaborative Pineapple Olive Oil

Adidas X Ivy Park Mesh Cropped Sports Top

For pleasure

READING: Home Body by Rupi Kaur.
WATCHING: Bridgerton. I gorged it in a few days!

“Body at home” by Rupi Kaur

From left to right: Naomi Campbell on the Valentino podium in 1991. A photo of Bridgerton.

L: PAT / ARNAL / Gamma-Rapho / Getty Images; A: Courtesy of Netflix


CAREER IDOL: Naomi Campbell.
PASSIONATE PROJECT: I am an ambassador for UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency. I like to give back.

At home

RECENT ADD: A set of Le Creuset Pots and Pans.
ON THE TABLE: I always have fresh flowers.
PERFUME OF THE ROOM: Le Labo Santal 26 candles.
BEDDING: Brooklinen Core Cashmere Sheets.

Brooklinen Core Cashmere Sheets

The menu

MORNING DRINKS: Chai milk tea.
COMFORT FOOD: Everything my mom cooks. She prepares this traditional South Sudanese dish called kisra which I started to make on my own – a dish of green leafy vegetables that is chopped and ground to a smooth consistency.
INDULGENCE: A good burger and fries.

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