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australian model adut akech was this season’s chanel couture bride

She's the second black bride in the house’s history.

by Mitch Parker
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05 July 2018, 2:49am

Of all the looks that appear in Chanel couture shows one in particular always gets the most attention — the Chanel bride. Since the early-90s the bride has been hand selected by Karl Lagerfeld himself, with the list of past brides being something of a who’s-who in modelling history.

This week the honour fell to Sudanese-Australian model Adut Akech who became the second black bride in the famed house’s history. The last time a black model has the honour was back in 2004 when Alek Wek made history as Chanel's first ever black bride.

"There is no amount of words that can express what this moment means to me. The beauty of having a dream, is watching it come to life,” Adut said in a joyful Instagram post. “To the young girls and boys who look up to me I want you guys to know no matter who you are, where you come from or what you have, as long as you have a dream it is achievable as long as you put in hard work, give it your all, stay dedicated, determined and most importantly never give up because you will make that dream a reality at some point.”

It’s not unusual for a model to appear multiple times as the Chanel bride (Claudia Schiffer did it 11 times during the 90s), and considering the stellar career Adut is having at the moment, this might not be the last time she dons a veil for Karl.