04/16/2013 07:33 am ET Updated Jun 16, 2013

Model Call: Ataui Deng

Not everyone can pull off a floor-length Hello Kitty dress, oversize floral scarf and combat boots. Then again, not everyone is Ataui Deng. "Hold on, I'm going to do something real cute," the 21-year-old model says, standing in the WWD offices as she ties the aforementioned scarf into a giant bow-headband. Born in Sudan, Deng grew up in Texas before signing with Trump in 2008. These days, she can be found in the pages of Interview, i-D and V magazine, or walking the runway for Hermès, Vivienne Westwood and Kenzo, among others. While her CV is packed, she's not exactly counting favorite jobs. Or as she puts it: "I'm not much of a hoarder of my gifts and blessings. I take it in and I let go."


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