Azra Akın has one younger sister called Doruk. In 1998, at the age of 17, Akın was selected Elite Model of Turkey. She then participated in the Europe Elite Model competition in Nice, France, where she reached the final 15.
She continued modelling in Germany for the German catalogue Otto.
During her reign, Akın travelled to the United Kingdom, Turkey, the United States, New Zealand, Ireland, Jamaica, Australia, China and many more countries. In 2004, Akın modelled for the postcards of the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 which were shown before each song.
Akın speaks fluent Dutch, Turkish and English. She is one of the most desired women of Turkey.