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Alek Wek is a South Sudanese-British supermodel and designer who has appeared on the cover or been featured in many international fashion magazines including Elle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vogue among others. She has appeared in campaigns for many important fashion houses such as Chanel, Moschino, Fendi, Dries Van Noten, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood, Chloé, Gucci, DKNY, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, Viktor & Rolf, Diane Von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, John Galliano, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Céline, Valentino, Tommy Hilfiger, Roberto Cavalli, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Zac Posen, Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and Oscar De La Renta. She has also appeared in advertising campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Clinique, Michael Kors, Jean Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake, Ann Taylor, Nars, Banana Republic, Gap, Saks Fifth Avenue, H&M, and Isabel Marant. Born on April 16, 1977 in Wau, South Sudan, to Akuol and Athian, she was raised with eight siblings. She fled to Britain in 1991 to escape the civil war in Sudan. She was discovered in 1995 at an outdoor market in Crystal Palace, London by a Models 1 scout. She was married to Riccardo Sala from 2003 to 2013.
Body Statistics Table
Alek Wek's body statistics are seen in the table below. Take a look at measurements like height and weight!
|Height||1.8 m, 5′11″ (feet & inches)|
|Weight||56 kg, 123.5 pounds|
|Cup Size (US)||Cup Size B|
|Bra Size (US)||32B|
|Implants or Natural (Breasts)||Unknown|
|Breasts-Waist-Hips||34-23-35 inches (86-59-89 cm)|
|Shoe Size (US)||9.5|
|Dress Size (US)||4|
Alek Wek Inspirational Quotes
Starting modeling in the ’90s, it was quite surreal. They were like, ‘You’re so different! So weird! So bizarre!’ And I’m like, ‘I’m so normal. What are you talking about?’
Going on safari in South Africa was hardcore but a lot of fun – though my friend Maura was absolutely freaking out about all the bugs in her hair and having to pee in the sand.
I don’t even know where to start in terms of people having such an issue about color, especially being dark. I just think on different levels it’s ignorance; it’s no belief, no confidence, it’s insecurity, so you want to inflict it on somebody else.
I grew up in a small town in Sudan. There weren’t many cars, so we did things in the countryside near where we lived.
When I started modeling, it was like, ‘Oh, she’s too dark,’ and I kind of looked at them like, ‘You’re too daft.’