After 18 years, Fashion Awards finally catch a wake-up

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After 18 years, Fashion Awards finally catch a wake-up

Why it’s only right that four out of five nominees for Model of the Year are women of colour

Krissy Turner

For the first time in the 18-year history of The Fashion Awards, four out of five of the nominees for the model of the year award are black or mixed heritage women. 

Adwoa Aboah (who, in 2017, became the second woman of colour to win), Winnie Harlow, Adut Akech and Adesuwa Aighewi are joined by Kaia Gerber on the list of finalists. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on December 2 at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Last year Winnie Harlow, who rose to fame on TV show America’s Next Top Model, was also nominated for the award alongside Adut Akech, the South Sudanese model who was raised in a Kenyan refugee camp. Both were pipped to the post by Kaia Gerber, who had made her catwalk debut the year before. Four days after her 16th birthday (the age at which a model is legally allowed to walk in a show) Gerber – the daughter of supermodel Cindy Crawford and businessman Rande Gerber – walked the Calvin Klein runway. It was the first in a string of top bookings in her debut season, which made her win last year well-earned. ..

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