Duckie Thot is one of the hottest new faces in the modelling industry. Rihanna launched her Fenty Beauty cosmetics line earlier in September with Duckie and other fashion newbies as the stars of her campaign.
Famous for her flawlessly even dark chocolate skin tone and doll-like features, Duckie’s beauty is certainly hard to forget.
In the last year especially, Duckie’s career has gone from strength-to-strength. So just who is this stunning “Black Barbie” and how did she break into the notoriously difficult fashion world?
Where is Duckie from?
It may come as a surprise but Duckie, 21, hails from Melbourne, Australia while boasting South Sudanese heritage. Her real name is actually Nyadak Thot but has gone by the nickname “Duckie” since the age of six.
Who is Duckie’s sister?
Fame appears to run in the family as Duckie is the younger sister of Nikki Perkins, an Australian YouTube vlogger who is best known for the Jamie and Nikki family vlogs with her husband Jamie Perkins and daughter Ava Sarah. Nikki boasts similar melanin to Duckie and also tried modelling herself before settling down to start a family.
How did Duckie get famous?
Duckie experienced her first shot at fame aged 17 when appearing in the eighth series of Australia’s Next Top Model. However, the model prefers not to regard her ANTM stint as her breakthrough in the industry, telling Paper magazine in their September 2017 issue: “I knew I wanted to be a model before that show, and I knew I wanted to be a model after I did it.”
After finishing third on the series, Duckie struggled to find work in Australia and boldly decided to move to New York. Several of the top modelling agencies in the Big Apple were initially reluctant to sign Duckie but she eventually impressed them after meetings in person.
Duckie walked her first Fashion Week show in 2016 and has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Kanye West, Pat McGrath, Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. Her starring role in Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty launch has only propelled her profile even further.
What’s next for Duckie?
Speaking to Paper, the model teased: “I’m not giving away my secrets because I have plenty of things to come. I’m sure you’ll be shocked by what realm Duckie ends up in next. It will throw people off. I think it’s going to add something completely different to my character. Modeling is not the full stop for Duckie.”