- Alek Wek
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Alek Wek (born
April 16 1977) is a Sudanese Supermodelwho appeared on the catwalks at the age of 18 in 1995. She is from the Dinkaethnic group in the Sudan, but in 1991she and some family members fled to Britain to escape the civil war between the Muslimnorth and the Christiansouth of the Sudan. She later moved to the United States.
She was born the seventh of nine children in Wau in
Southern Sudanin 1977. The exact date is unknown. When she was preparing to emigrate from Sudan, her mother picked the date April 16, which occurs in the rainy season during which she was born. She says her name means "Black Spotted Cow".
Alek was discovered at an outdoor market in
Londonin 1995 in Crystal Palace, south London, by a Models 1 scout. She first got attention with the help of the music video for "GoldenEye" by Tina Turner, in 1995 and from there made it into the world of fashion as one of its top models. She was signed to Ford Modelsin 1996 and was also seen in the " Got 'Til It's Gone" music video by Janet Jacksonthat year. She was named "Model of the Year" in 1997 by MTV.
Amongst other things she has done ads for
Issey Miyake, Moschino, Victoria's Secretand make-up company Cliniqueas well as walked the runway for high-profile fashion designers John Galliano, Donna Karan, Calvin Kleinand Ermanno Scervino. In 2002 she made her acting debut in " The Four Feathers" as Sudanese princess Aquol.
She also designs a range of designer handbags called "Wek 1933", which are available throughout selected
Selfridgesdepartment stores. The year refers to the year her father was born.
She is a member of the U.S. Committee for Refugees' Advisory Council, and is helping to raise awareness about the situation in Sudan, as well as the plight of refugees worldwide.
2007, she released an autobiography, "Alek", documenting her journey from a childhood of poverty in Sudan to the catwalks of Europe.
Herb Rittsphotographed her for a 1999 calendar in a Joanne Gair body paintingthat was a highlight of Gair's first retrospective. [ [http://www.mylovehewitt.com/mylovenews/mpl122001.htm My Past Loves - December 2001 ] ]
Alek has also been a guest on Tyra banks show.
* [http://www.vogue.fr/stars/portrait/alek-wek-471.htm Vogue]
* [http://alek-wek.com Official website]
John Galliano's Spring-Summer 2004 Haute Couture collection
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