Gigi Hadid and Adut Akech Are 2019’s Top Cover Models

Gigi Hadid is once again the top cover model of the year, but she’s not alone. For 2019, Gigi shares the title with South Sudanese-Australian beauty Adut Akech. (Both landed nine covers apiece.) From Dazed to Vogue Arabia to Vogue Paris to American ELLE, the two stunners have dominated newsstands and become favorites of editors across the globe, adding some impressive and downright gorgeous magazine covers to their growing portfolios in the process. Take a look back at 10 of their finest covers of 2019 below.

Gigi Hadid: ELLE March 2019 by Chris Colls

We’ve come to expect a great deal from Gigi Hadid since she burst on the scene. She started off the year on a high note by serving 80s supermodel realness on ELLE’s March issue shot by Chris Colls. For the high-octane shoot, Gigi traveled to the sunny shores of Rio de Janeiro and delivered a trio of outstanding covers.

Adut Akech: Vogue Paris April 2019 by Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin

Adut Akech starred on one of Vogue Paris’ April 2019 covers decked out in a showstopping Valentino creation before the lens of Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

Gigi Hadid: Vogue Arabia March 2019 by Peter Lindbergh

For its two-year anniversary, Vogue Arabia looked to Gigi to front its celebratory issue (fitting considering Gigi was the magazine’s inaugural cover star back in 2017). Captured by the late Peter Lindbergh, Gigi stunned on the dramatic set of covers.

Adut Akech: Allure May 2019 by Daniel Jackson

Adut channeled her inner Grace Jones for photographer Daniel Jackson on Allure’s electrifying May cover.

Gigi Hadid: Vogue Hong Kong March 2019 by Nick Knight

Who better than one of the most in-demand models to front the debut issue of Vogue Hong Kong? Gigi was joined by Fei Fei Sun for the occasion as they posed before the lens of Nick Knight for a series of collectible covers.

Adut Akech: Vogue Japan September 2019 by Luigi & Iango

Group covers can be tricky, but proved absolutely effortless for Adut as she posed alongside her peers (including Anok Yai and Rebecca Leigh Longendyke) on Vogue Japan’s September cover. She stood out from the crowd wearing a neon and feathered Saint Laurent number.

Gigi Hadid: Vogue Czech Republic May 2019 by Helena Christensen

It didn’t take long for Gigi to make her debut on the cover of Vogue Czech Republic. Supermodel Helena Christensen shot a trio of terrific covers to mark the occasion.

Adut Akech: British Vogue September 2019 by Peter Lindbergh

September belonged to Adut as she amassed a total of four covers and was handpicked by Meghan Markle to be part of British Vogue’s monumental “Forces for Change” edition.

Gigi Hadid: Vogue Brazil September 2019 by Luigi & Iango

Gigi and photographic duo Luigi & Iango are a dream team and the pairing proved to be a hit once again for Brazilian Vogue’s all-important September offering. Gigi even gave us Morticia Addams realness on one of the covers.

Adut Akech: Vogue Italia September 2019 by Paolo Roversi

The cover of Vogue Italia is a big milestone for a model and Adut landed her second appearance on the Italian fashion bible for September, resulting in a serene and beautiful cover.

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