DIING AKUR- Interview


photo by Eric Brumfield, courtesy of Azalea Models

Name: Diing Thiong Akur
Height: 6.3/ 190 cm
Age: 15
Nationality: South Sudanese
Instagram: @diing_akur

All the best things in life start by an accident, and that’s exactly what happened to Diing. After walking into Azalea Model‘s office to follow his sister, he was offered to become a part of the agency. Now, he is set for the major things, as he got signed by IMG Models last month! The future will tell, but success seems to be right around the corner.

How did you get into modeling?
It was almost a mistake to be honest. I had gone into Stacey’s (Azalea manger) office by chance, just wanting to follow my sister. So I’m just thinking what have I got myself into, just waiting for my sister to finish, then Stacey comes up to me and asks if I’d like to give it a go. Without a hesitation I took the opportunity to get a photo taken so it was by chance that I’m where I am now.

photos by Adam Stanley, courtesy of Azalea Models

Other than modeling, what are your interests?
Other than modelling some of my interests include playing sports, hanging with family and friends and finishing school. Sport plays a substantial part in my everyday life, playing for Central District Football Club and Angle Vale has made me value how important is it to have values and to hold yourself to them. Having outgoing friends and family members has made me the person I am today.

What are five things that most people don’t know about you?
Five things most people don’t know about me include, being afraid of heights, the dark and snakes, used to speak 4 languages at age five (Dinka, English, Arabic and Swahili), I try to always make a wish on 11:11. I started as a kid, and I find myself checking the clock now and then to see if I’ve missed it, I’ve always wanted to become a Veterinarian and I used to be painfully shy.

photos by Eric Brumfield, courtesy of Azalea Models

What’s the most exciting thing that has happened to you this year?
The most exciting thing that has happened to me would be getting signed to IMG Models.

Do you have a role model, someone who influences you?
My biggest role models include Nick Naitanui, Alek Wek and my Mom.

How do you see your career ten years from now?
In ten years’ time, I hope my career spans out and I get to travel.


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