``I´m not Mary any­more. I want to be Adut; Adut is unique´´

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Q & A -

“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.”

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