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Adut Akech with brother Bior

2018 (printed 2020)
Charles Dennington

inkjet print on paper (image: 37.8 cm x 28.4 cm, sheet: 43.5 cm x 34.2 cm)

Adut Akech Bior (b. 1999), supermodel, was born in South Sudan and spent the first several years of her life in the UN's Kakuma refugee camp in north-west Kenya, after her family fled from civil war. They came to Australia in 2008 and settled in Adelaide. Her break-out modelling assignment came at the age of sixteen, when she walked the runway for Yves Saint Laurent at Paris Fashion Week 2016. In 2017, she became only the second woman of colour to model bridal gowns for Chanel. The following year she featured in the Pirelli calendar, and made 33 appearances at Paris Fashion Week. She was selected by the Duchess of Sussex to feature in British Vogue's 'Forces for Change' edition in 2019, which profiled her activism on humanitarian issues, the rights of asylum seekers, and racial and gender equality.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2020
© Charles Dennington

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Charles Dennington

Adut Akech Bior (age 19 in 2018)

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Adut Akech, 2018 Charles Dennington
Adut Akech, 2018 Charles Dennington
Adut Akech, 2018 Charles Dennington
Adut Akech, 2018 Charles Dennington

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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