This is an ode dedicated to Adut Akech Bior. This is an ode dedication inspired by Adut who holds the 2019 BFA model of the year award. To start off Adut is a South Sudanese born, Kenya raised young woman who calls Australia home.
Daughter to the legendary Naomi Campbell. Yes I said Naomi Campbell. I credit this to the strong bond that they have formed since they met. Adut Akech Bior was recently interviewed by Naomi Campbell on her YouTube reality show Being Naomi.
Adut Akech Bior does not like doing interviews much, but here she opens up to Naomi about her journey into modelling.
How a family-oriented young woman left home to walk the runways in Paris Fashion Week. How she would go on to grace runways in New York, Paris and Milan every year after that.
How her face would appear in five covers for international Vogue September issues. A milestone that, Naomi points out, in her thirty-four years in the fashion industry has never happened before.
In agreement with Naomi herself, Adut should be put down as a Guinness Record holder. The two go on to discuss navigating the fashion industry as black women. Adut has radiant dark skin, like a black halo that clothes her.
The kind of black that we do not see on television often enough. A beauty that for the longest time was not deemed beautiful. Or good enough. And here she is, thanks to trailblazers like Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks and Alek Wek to name a few.
These are women who braved a harsh white world and stood firm in who they were. Their journeys are not perfect, they are not pretty.
We can appreciate them fully though, because who would Adut have looked up to and whose pictures would have been on her room walls if Naomi Campbell had stayed in London and not pursued a career in modelling.
If Naomi had thought that she was ugly and not good enough, would we be seeing Adut’s beautiful face in billboards and covers and television ads? This is an ode to Adut who also followed her dreams. Who left her home in Australia, to brave New York and the world.
If Adut had decided to stay home with the family that she loves, and not gone on to New York to chase her dreams. This article would never have happened.
Who would young black women from South Africa, America, South Sudan, Kenya, Australia, London, Italy, Congo, Zimbabwe… be looking at to say “Wow, look at this girl. She is phenomenal”.