Supermodel Alek Wek started her modelling career at age 18 when she was spotted by a model scout in London. Originally from South Sudan, Wek and her family moved to London to escape the civil war in her country. Despite discrimination against dark skinned models Alek has done well for herself.
Amongst other things she has done adverts for Victoria Secret and Clinique and has walked the runway for Viviene Westwood, Fendi, Donna Karan, Jean Paul Gaultier, Calvin Klein, Chanel and many more. Wek also designs a range of designer handbags called Wek 1933. In 1997 she was named Model of the Year by MTV and Model of the Decade by i-D in that same year.
Alek’s autobiography was released in 2007. The model-turned-designer and actress has won several awards and has appeared in numerous magazines like German Vogue, i-D, British Vogue and Cosmopolitan. She was one of the first black models to appear on the cover of Elle magazine.
Tall, dark and beautiful, Alek is a true inspiration and proof that you can achieve anything if you believe.
By Innocent Ndlovu
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