Adut Akech

The newly appointed Global Ambassador for Estée Lauder reveals how she reacted when she was given the job, and which products are currently in her beauty bag.

What was your reaction when you found out your would be the next Estée Lauder Global Brand Ambassador?

When my agent, Cheri Bowen, first called me and told me I would be the new Estée Laude Global Ambassador, I was shcoked! I think I even cried. It took a while for it to finally hit me. I still can't believe it.

What would you say to Mrs. Estée Lauder if you could meet her today?

If I could meet Mrs. Estée Lauder, I would say thank you for paving the way for women to be whatever they want to be. She is such an incredible role model for women everywhere and her story is so inspiring. I'm so proud to be part of a brand created by a woman.

Morning skincare routine?

In the morning, I wake up, wash my face and apply Estée Lauder DayWear Anti-Oxidant 72H-Hydration Sorbet Creme SPF 15. I love this moisturiser because it has such a lightweight texture but is incredibly hydrating. And it has SPF, so it's really all I need in the morning. I didn't realise the importance of SPF for my skin when I was younger, but now I know how important it is and I never leave the house without it.

Estée Lauder DayWear Anti-Oxidant 72H-Hydration Sorbet Creme SPF 15
Estée Lauder DayWear Anti-Oxidant 72H-Hydration Sorbet Creme SPF 15

Nighttime sincare routine?

When I'm not working, I like to keep my makeup routine simple. I love the Estée Lauder Little Black Primer - it's a great base for mascara to give my lashes some length, but I also love that it's tinted. I will also do my brows with the Estée Lauder Brow Multi-Tasker and then a clear lip gloss like the Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Oil-Infused Lip Shine. I'm a lip gloss girl.

Estée Lauder Little Black Primer
Estée Lauder Little Black Primer

What is your favourite feature? 

My lips. When I was younger, I was told my lips were too big. But now I love them! I've learned to embrace them and appreciate them. And now, everyone wants bigger lips!

What was the first beauty product you ever purchased?

I can't remember but either a lip gloss or Chapstick. You know when you're young and they have the flavoured lip glosses or scented body sprays? It was definitely something like that.

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What is your biggest beauty mistake?

My biggest beauty mistake was overplucking my eyebrows. I thought they looked great but looking back, I was wrong! Luckily, I didn't do too much damage and they grew back.

What are three words you would use to describe your approach to beauty?

Less is more!

What is your first memory of beauty?

My first memory of beauty is when I moved to Australia and I saw my mum and sister's makeup products. I remember playing with lipsticks and eyeshadows and becoming mesmerized with these magical products.

 Estée Lauder Brow Multi-Tasker
Estée Lauder Brow Multi-Tasker

Top 3 beauty products you would take on a deserted island?

On a desert island, I would bring and moisturiser, lip balm, body moisturiser... and hand moisturiser, and any type of moisturiser!

Best modeling tip you've received?

The best modeling tip I've received is don't look around, because you'll see people and you'll get cared. Just look forward!

What would you be if you weren't a model?

If I weren't a model, I'd want to be a journalist.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Oil-Infused Lip Shine
Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Oil-Infused Lip Shine

Biggest 'pinch me' moment of your career?

Getting an Estée Lauder contract!

What is your most-used emoji?

The heart emoji ❤

Who is your role model?

My mum.

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What is on your bucket list?

Going back to Africa (Kenya specifically).

What is your most-used app? 

Either Notes or Instagram. I keep everything in Notes - that's my journal and I jot down everything that pops in my head right away.

What is your favourite food?

I love anything my mum cooks, traditional South Sudanese food. She makes this amazing Kisra - it's a green, leafy vegetable dish that is chopped and grinded into a smooth consistency. You can have it with fish, beef, lamb or any protein of your choice, and it's served with a traditional type of bread.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Nighttime Rescue Lip Oil-Serum

What is your favourite workout?

Running. I used to run track when I was younger. I loved it.

What is your hidden talent?

I don't think I have a hidden talent! I wish I could say I could sing, but I wouldn't call my singing a talent!

What superpower would you want to have?

One superpower I'd love to have would be to be invisible. Or be able to hear anything and everything that people are saying.

Where is a place you want to travel to that you've never been?

There are so many places I want to travel to, but if I had to choose one, it would be Senegal. And Tanzania.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm

What is your go-to weekend outfit?

Sweatpants and a hoodie. I love being comfy!

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

Pray. Every morning as soon as I wake up, from 30 seconds to a couple of minutes. I love to thank God for all the amazing things in my life.

What is the last thing you do before bed?


What trait to your most admire in others?

I most admire respect and honesty in others.

What is your most treasured possession?

My mum and dad's wedding photo.

What is your current fitness routine?

Lately, I've been doing a lot of butt and core workouts as part of my fitness routine. I like to do squats. One of my good friends trains me and he is known for his butt workouts. I'm really trying to do more of that.

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