``I´m not Mary anymore. I want to be Adut; Adut is unique´´
“Her approach is very professional and intelligent – she’s very refreshing,” Walsh says. “That’s something we noticed about her right off the bat, and she’s a pleasure to work with.”
Before her career was underway, there was one item high on the model’s agenda: to change her name.
Akech, who was born in South Sudan and came to Australia as a refugee at six years old, had previously used the name Mary. “I started going by the name Mary when I began high school, because teachers couldn’t pronounce my name,” she explains.
When it came to launching herself in the fashion industry, however, she wanted to be known by her birth name.
“I’m not Mary anymore,” she says. “I want to be Adut; Adut is unique.”
Ellery jacket, POA, ellery.com; L.W.B. jacket (worn underneath), $295, and jeans, $260, lifewithbird.com; Gant knit, $449, (03) 9340 5200; Acne Studios boots, $760, (02) 9360 0294
Ellery jumpsuit, $2650, ellery.com; Max Mara bodysuit, $1025, maxmara. com; Zimmermann top (worn underneath), $350, zimmermannwear.com
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