Our October cover girl Nyadak ‘Duckie’ Thot, is a South Sudanese-Australian supermodel who, at 22, has risen to iconic status in the fashion industry. After finishing third in Australia’s Next Top Model, Duckie became a Fenty Beauty darling, an international runway star and now she has secured her place as a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Here are four reasons why we’re obsessed with her:

1. Her role in the game-changing 2018 Pirelli Cclendar 

Duckie worked with the esteemed photographer Tim Walker when she took on the role of Alice in the all-black 2018 Pirelli calendar. In what the model considers to be one of the highlights of her career, this Wonderland-themed calendar showcased her beauty as she worked alongside other stars such as Thando Hopa, Slick Woods, Naomi Campbell and Adwoa Aboah.

2. Representation and Colourism 

As light-skinned celebrities continue to be foregrounded in the fashion and television industries, Duckie Thot is coming for everything. Colourism is an ugly reality that is still prevalent in the entertainment world. There is universal discrimination against darker skinned women, and their visibility and representation is critical in changing problematic standards of beauty. With Duckie becoming a significant reference for international beauty, this brings true representation and the hope of lasting change.

3. A face of Fenty Beauty

The hugely successful and inclusive Fenty Beauty campaign, led by the powerhouse Rihanna, has empowered thousands of women to see themselves represented in a major beauty brand. The campaign launch was an important moment for diversity in female beauty. The supermodel was a prominent face featured in the campaign as she sported foundation shade #490:

 

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@fentybeauty by @badgalriri in 490 #PROFILTR foundation 🍫

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4. At 22, she’s already wildly influential

Duckie has worked with Oscar de la Renta, Jeremy Scott, Moschino, Yeezy, Fenty Puma and Savage x Fenty, among others. With over a million Instagram followers, this 22-year old model is becoming more and more influential. Her reaction when she found out that she was to be a Victoria’s Secret Angel was one of unrestrained joy:

In addition to this, Duckie Thot has also just become the global spokesperon for L’Oréal.

 

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beyond blessed to be the new global spokeswoman for @lorealmakeup ❤️ #lorealparis

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So watch this space. Our flawless cover girl is changing history and she’s just getting started.