Naomi Campbell has recalled how she instantly knew Adut Akech had the power to become a fashion star.
The British supermodel invited the South Sudanese-Australian model, whom she refers to as her “daughter”, for a live chat on her YouTube channel on Wednesday. Reflecting on the time she first met Adut, Naomi shared that it was at Tim Walker’s Alice in Wonderland-themed photoshoot, also starring Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Whoopi Goldberg, and Lupita Nyong’o.
“(Diddy) and I were getting ready in hair and make-up… and Adut walks in,” she remembered. “And we both look up in the mirror and we’re both just like, ‘Boom!’ It just hit us… we were like, ‘Did you just see what I just saw? Oh my goodness, she is incredible, special, a star.’ Knew it right away.”
Naomi then noted that she wanted to spend more time getting to know Adut follow the shoot, but couldn’t as the model had to study for her final school exams. Yet, the meeting left a lasting impression on the 20-year-old.
“They didn’t tell me you were there until I saw you so, you can imagine how much I would be in shock. But I was trying to keep it together, I was trying to keep my cool,” she smiled. “I was shocked overall that I as even there!”
Elsewhere in the chat, Adut also thanked Naomi for reaching out to her via text message after her first appearance on the runway at a Saint Laurent show in Paris.
“I went home that night and I cried. It was my first Paris Fashion Week, I’d just finished school, I’d just left my family and I was moving to New York. It was so overwhelming for me. I was like, ‘Wow, I feel like I’ve just found my first family member,” she added.
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