Alek Wek is a household name in the modeling world. Her crafts speak for her…even the likes of iman, naomi campbell, tyra banks had nothing on her. I remember the first time i saw her, i thought, “who the heck is this ugly lady?” But guess what? She wss and still is the !
I had the privilege of seeing her live do her thing at the past music meets runway show which held in Lagos and this lady is still pretty much in her elements! So pardon me if go on and on about her.
Alek Wek is from sudan with a stunning height of 1.80m and statistics of 34-23-34.5 and managed by storm models london. She stormed into the fashion industry with her game-changing turn on the cover of Elle Magazine’s November 1997 issue. Since then, Wek has built a career spanning nearly two decades at the top of the business. Having been named one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” and “50 Most Influential Faces in Fashion,” she has modelled in shows for the world’s leading fashion houses, including Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Gucci, Vivienne Westwood, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan.
Wek now lives in New York and balances a busy career both on and off the runway with her activism. With some of fashion’s most prestigious contracts under her belt, Wek has expanded her reach beyond the catwalk, dabbling in designing, television and writing. Wek became a published author in 2007 with the release of her autobiography, “Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel.” The book chronicles her own experiences of war and forced displacement and her extensive campaigning for human rights, focusing on refugees, women and children, and education. She has spoken about refugees before the United States Congressional Black Caucus and served as an advisory board member for the US Committee for Refugees and Migrants. She is also involved in other humanitarian issues, including raising awareness about HIV/AIDS.
Wek has modeled, either on runways or in print advertisements, for Issey Miyake, Moschino, Victoria’s Secret, Clinique, Shiatzy Chen, John Galliano, Chanel, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Jasper Conran, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Armani, Fendi and Christian Dior. She has also been featured on the covers of American and British Vogue, Elle magazine, i-D Magazine, Canadian, German and Japanese Vogue, Cosmopolitan magazine, Glamour magazine, Forbes Magazine Africa, and Ebony magazine. In 2002 she made her acting debut in The Four Feathers as Sudanese princess Aquol. Now you understand why i’m ecstatic presenting her as the model of the week on MODELROC! salute