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Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek featured in The Guardian’s March 2014 Issue. Styled by Priscilla Kwateng and photographed by Gustavo Papaleo.

Alek Wek was 19 when she was approached by a model scout from a top London agency at a fair in Crystal Palace park. Her mother, she remembers, was horrified, thinking her daughter was about to become a Page 3 girl. She laughs loudly: “I had to point out that I wasn’t really built for that.” Wek, one of the most successful models of the past two decades, has inherited her father’s height and extraordinarily long limbs, her mother’s cheekbones and her “little booty and big smile”, but she’s not exactly glamour-girl material. But the agent persisted, finally convincing Wek’s mother that theirs was a reputable agency, and her daughter’s career began.

She went to New York and had been there barely a week when Ralph Lauren booked her to open and close his catwalk show (the spot normally reserved for the big model of the moment, not a newbie). Calvin Klein, Isaac Mizrahi, Todd Oldham and Anna Suifollowed suit. Wek was booked to star in Tina Turner’s  GoldenEye video, named Model of the Year by i-D magazine and, in 1997 (less than a year after starting out), became the first African model to appear on the cover of Elle magazine.

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Alek Wek on Lupita Nyong’o’s NAACP Image Awards acceptence speech:

I was amazed and very humbled by Lupita’s words, and I am so proud and happy that her talent was deservedly recognised with her Oscar award.

When I was growing up, my mother taught me and my sisters to celebrate each other - there was no room in our household for negativity. She taught us to embrace each other and this was empowering for us. She also taught us the value of celebrating our differences.

When I first started modeling I realised I was very different from many of my colleagues, but I welcomed the opportunities my career in fashion offered me, and the support from many inspiring individuals in the fashion industry. And because of this I have always strived to use the platform I have in fashion, to champion the ideals of what is beautiful.

For me it always goes back to what my mother taught me and my sisters. That all women are beautiful and we should embrace each other. True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others. Beauty should not be culturally relevant, it should be universal.

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Alek Wek, Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2001 


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Cover Girl: Alek Wek graces the first edition of Forbes Life Africa

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Alek Wek, Thierry Mugler S/S 1999

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Champ De Couleur: Alek Wek shot by Jean-Baptiste Mondino for Vogue Paris December 1997

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“Idoles”, Vogue France, April 1999
Model : Alek Wek 

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Alek Wek in All Stars
Photographer: Matt Irwin
Stylists: Bay Garnett & Lester Garcia
Black printed top by Norma Kamali.


Alek Wek Corduroy Magazine Issue10 f/W 2012 photographed by Peter Ash Lee

Alek Wek for As If Magazine photographed by Tatijana Shoan

Philip Treacy All Black Model Runway Show

Milliner Philip Treacy London Fashion Week Spring 2013 presentation featured all black models. 25 black models including, Leomie AndersonJourdan Dunn, Nyasha Matonhodze,  Sessilee Lopez, Alek WekGrace Bol and more participated in the show which was introduced by superstar Lady Gaga. Treacy’s collection of headpieces were donned alongside original costumes from Michael Jackson’s estate.

Treacy stated that, “The show was a homage to the African woman and their sensibility to dress up,” in an interview with The London Evening Standard.

Video of the run way show:


Alek Wek (IMG, NY) arrives at the Gucci show on Day one of Milan Fashion Week.  Click HERE 4 IMG portfolio.

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