Meet the Model: Akiima

Photo by Emily Abay

She is fresh off a stint at Mercede-Benz Fashion Week Australia, where she walked in shows for the likes of Dion Lee, Albus Lumen and Macgraw – just to name a few – and now she makes her campaign debut as the face of the 2017 Adelaide Fashion Festival. You could say that things are looking up for Finesse Models’ Akiima, having signed on to IMG Models and with Paris on the cards later this year, we’re expecting some insane things from this unique superstar.

On telling us a bit about herself…
I’m originally from South Sudan. I’ve finished school and I’m concentrating on full-time modelling. I’ve always been known as Akiima although I have another name (Achol). I have an outgoing personality and I enjoy babysitting my nieces and nephews, and living a normal life.

On how she got scouted…
Brigette Mitchell discovered me when I walked into the Finesse Models agency in Adelaide.

On whether she ever had aspirations of being a model…
I didn’t think I would be a model because I didn’t know where or how to start.

On how it felt to walk for some iconic Australian labels at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia…
It felt so amazing and I’m so grateful to them for giving me a chance to feature in their shows.

On how it feels to be face of the 2017 Adelaide Fashion Festival…
I still feel like I’m dreaming. Everyone at the shoot was amazing and wonderful. I feel THANKFUL, HAPPY, GRATEFUL, LOVED and EXCITED!

On what has been her favourite modelling moment so far…
Everything! And meeting people that love what they do.

On who her favourite model is…
Naomi Campbell – because she’s fierce!

On what her dream show to walk in is…
Gucci and Victoria’s Secret

On her next exciting adventure…
Paris!!!

And finally, on her favourite post-show food…
Anything filling, chicken with vegetables and rice

@akiima
@finesse_models_australia

Photo by Sheree Porter

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