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Meet the women of Vogue: South Sudanese-Australian model supernova extraordinaire @AdutAkech started her career modelling for her aunty in Adelaide before her meteoric rise to the runways of Paris and New York. Her grit and determination, Adut says, can be attributed to her mother, “I am who I am because of my mum. She’s the hardest working, most independent woman I’ve known my whole life…” Noted for her strength and her kindness, Adut aspires not only to launching her own fashion label one day and writing a book about her life, she also wants to expand on her role with the UN working toward an ambassadorship. In her interview with @VogueAustralia she avows, “It is my purpose to help other people. To be able to do that, to help people where I came from is an amazing feeling.” As an advocate for refugees around the world, “I want to help people to understand that refugees are normal people, just like everybody else. You don’t choose to be a refugee… You don’t wake up thinking, I’m going to be a refugee. The only difference between a refugee and someone who grew up in the Western world is that we were forced out of our own country, out of our homes, because of fear – not out of choice.” Her joy, gratitude for each day and her incredible drive to become a leader and an influential voice on the world stage is inspiring! See this portrait of Adut in @irisvanherpen Haute Couture captured by @charliedenno and many more in our exhibition #WomenInVogue: Celebrating Sixty Years in Australia. Women In Vogue is on show until 24 Nov 2019. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image: #AdutAkech photographed by #CharlesDennington for #VogueAustralia, December 2018 Courtesy VOGUE Australia and Charles Dennington ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #PortraitAu #NationalPortraitGallery #NPG #Vogue #IrisvanHerpen #HauteCouture #Supermodel #InspiringWomen

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