Adut Akech has shared her excitement over winning the Model of the Year award at The Fashion Awards 2019.
The model, who was born in South Sudan and raised in Adelaide, Australia, is quickly building up a reputation as one to watch in the fashion industry, having walked the runway for the likes of Valentino, Givenchy, Prada, and Versace.
At the British Fashion Council's annual prizegiving on Monday night, Adut was named Model of the Year, beating out other top models Adesuwa Aighewi, Adwoa Aboah, Kaia Gerber, and Winnie Harlow, and she later took to Instagram to celebrate her achievement.
"2019 MODEL OF THE YEAR," she wrote. "Meet the South Sudanese refugee who comes from nothing, who become (sic) your 2019 Model of The Year last night. I F**KING DID IT!!!"
Adut was presented her prize by British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli and looked stunning in an emerald green Valentino gown.
During her acceptance speech, she told the audience, "It is important for all of us to remember that someone like me winning this award is a rarity... This is for the young women and men who found representation and validation in my work. I want them to never be afraid of dreaming big like I once did."
Accordingly, a number of the 19-year-old's celebrity followers praised her win in the Instagram comments, including Lily Aldridge, Irina Shayk, Elle Macpherson, Karlie Kloss, Shanina Shaik, and Elsa Hosk.
Karen Elson wrote, "You did it. You deserve it! You're incredible," Natalia Vodianova gushed, "You worked so hard, baby girl. Congrats," and Amber Valletta added, "So, so happy for you! Well-deserved beauty."
While Adut's mentor Naomi Campbell sweetly commented, "So deserved my baby @adutakech. I Love you."
Naomi was also feted on the night, taking home the prestigious Fashion Icon accolade.
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