Adut Akech on finding positivity during this challenging year

Amy de Klerk
·3-min read
Photo credit: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
Photo credit: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

From Harper's BAZAAR

To say that 2020 has been a disappointing year would be an understatement. With a global pandemic turning our lives upside down, it has not always been easy to keep smiles on our faces. However, supermodel Adut Akech is determined to remember some of the more positive moments that 2020 has given us, and is channelling all kinds of optimism for what might be next.

“2020 has been a very hard year for everyone and sadly many people have unfortunately had to face plenty of difficult challenges,” she tells us, adding that it can be “very hard to find positivity in the situation we are in”.

But, while she has certainly struggled at points during this year and has missed her day-to-day life, there have been some happy moments and people that have pulled her through.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
Photo credit: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

“Staying positive has been hard but I have a strong family bond and we have kept each other’s spirits high and been in constant contact with each other," she says. "Spending time with them over FaceTime has kept me going, especially with my sister, who is constantly making me laugh and picking me up when I’m not at my best.”

The model stresses that happiness rests so much on the people that you surround yourself with, and this is something that living through a pandemic has taught her.

“It can be tough to try and see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the biggest lesson I have learnt this year is letting go of all things toxic. Being around people that bring you happiness and positivity is very important.”

And, with much of her work cancelled during the early days of the pandemic, and certainly still pulled back, Akech says that she has been appreciating the calmer schedule that 2020 has forced on us all.

“I have enjoyed slowing down this year, having more time for myself, which I’ve been able to dedicate to my own creative pursuits. After a hectic few years, it has been really great to take some time to reset – and I don’t necessarily miss the constant travelling and plane journeys that come with my job.”

Photo credit: Victor VIRGILE - Getty Images
Photo credit: Victor VIRGILE - Getty Images
Photo credit: Peter White - Getty Images
Photo credit: Peter White - Getty Images

For Akech, it’s all about looking forward with hope.

“We need to remember that this will be over soon,” she says. “I’m looking forward to the world reopening so that we are able to create beautiful images, walk catwalks, express our creativity through work and enjoy ourselves again.”

She adds: “Personally, I can’t wait to be able to continue with what I’ve learnt and work harder to ensure I spread my message of truth further. I’ve learnt to fight for what I believe in, learning my truth and standing my ground.”

Photo credit: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
Photo credit: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

And, in order to spread her message of hope and optimism further, Akech has teamed up with Mercedes-Benz on a project which has brought together a host of much-loved fashion and entertainment names to create a high-fashion parody of a gameshow, designed to make everyone smile and to spark positive reflection at the end of a challenging year.

You can watch the uplifting project in full here, which features actress Bel Powley, comedian Mawaan Rizwan, actor Nicholas Galitzine, designer Michael Halpern, model and designer Josephine Jones, and social media star Tim Dessaint.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
Photo credit: Courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

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