2019 has been the year of Adut Akech – the South Sudanese model who made her runway debut in 2017. From numerous Vogue covers to promoting sustainability and championing diversity in the modeling industry plus an exceptional year of modeling and campaigns with the top fashion brands including her favourite Valentino, Adut shows no signs of slowing down.

Yesterday at the Fashion Awards, formerly known as the British Fashion Awards, Adut was presented with the highly coveted Swarovski Model of the Year award by Edward Enninful and Pier Paolo Piccioli. She joins a list of top models who have received the prestigious award including Ghanaian Adwoa Aboah who won the award in 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Adut Akech poses in Winners Room after winning the Model of the Year Award during The Fashion Awards 2019 held at Royal Albert Hall on December 02, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/BFC/Getty Images)

In our opinion, Adut also won best dressed of the night, turning heads in a ravishing Valentino Haute Couture dress from the brand’s Beijing collection. It was custom made in green for her by Pier Paolo Piccioli. She finished her look with sparkling Swarovski jewelry.

Other guests at the event also served strong sartorial looks including:

Halima Aden wearing Preen By Thornton Bregazzi

Adesuwa Aighewi

Sabrina Elba wearing Ralph And Russo

Cindy Bruna wearing Ruslan Baginskiy Hat

Gugu Mbatha- Raw

Adwoa Aboah wearing Alexandra Cronan

Liya Kebede wearing Moncler Genius x Pierpaolo Piccioli

Wilson Oryema

Damson Idris

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