Adut Akech will join the ranks of Ana de Armas, Bianca Brandolini D’Adda, Carolyn Murphy, Diana Penty, Grace Elizabeth, Karlie Kloss, Kōki, and Yang Mi when it comes to being part of the esteemed Estée Lauder team. The prestigious beauty brand recently announced that the supermodel is their newest global ambassador.
“Adut is one of fashion’s biggest and most influential stars,” said Stéphane de La Faverie, Group President, The Estée Lauder Companies & Global Brand President, Estée Lauder and AERIN said in a press release. “We believe her incredible story, personality and beauty will help us continue to inspire and connect with our consumers and establish her as a beauty icon of her generation.”
The 21-year-old, South Sudanese-Australian model is excited to step into a role she’s always dreamed of landing.
“I resonated with Estée Lauder because not only is it an iconic brand, but I think just even the story of how it was created and run by a woman is so incredible,” Akech said in an interview with ESSENCE. “I want to be a businesswoman and I am a businesswoman. That’s very inspiring. Women, in general, inspire me.”
She also hopes that her latest appointment will have a positive impact on others.
“I’m excited for little girls that look like me, and even those little girls that don’t look like me, to be able to see my ad come up on the TV and be like, ‘Wow, I feel like if she can do it and she’s black and she’s beautiful, then I can too.’ I want girls to feel seen, heard, presented, and see themselves through me and through my images,” she continued. “I’m excited for my sisters to see my ad the most,”
When asked what’s next after accomplishing so much at a young age, Akech says she’s just going with the flow.
“I used to put that pressure on myself and there was obviously pressure from society to do more,” she explained. “But I’m on my time, not anybody else’s. It’s not worth compromising my mental state. I need to be in the best state of mind that I can be to truly be my best self. I’m doing great. I’m doing the best I can. I’m doing enough.”