All products featured on Vanity Fair are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. In the fall of 2016, a newcomer named Adut Akech walked the Saint Laurent runway in a gold lamé dress and flat boots—a sign that the model would bring a spirited glamour and innate grounded-ness to the fashion firmament. Five years later, gap-toothed Akech is an editorial superstar, with numerous Vogue covers under her belt and a new role as an Estée Lauder ambassador. Her odyssey is well-known: Born in South Sudan, she spent the first seven years of her childhood in a Kenyan refugee camp, before her family relocated to Australia. Akech, now based in Los Angeles, already counts more than a few career highlights, including a turn as the Chanel couture bride—though at 21, she is only getting started. Naomi Campbell, whom she met in 2017 on a Pirelli calendar shoot, is a muse. (“She’s like a second mum to me,” Akech told The Guardian). But it’s her own mother’s cooking that is an eternal comfort. Here, more of the model’s favorite things.