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Alek Wek


Who is Alek Wek?

Alek Wek is a South Sudanese British model and designer who began her fashion career at the age of 18 in 1995. As the first black model whose looks did not conform to Caucasian aesthetics, she has been hailed for her influence on the perception of beauty in the fashion industry. She is from the Dinka ethnic group in South Sudan, but fled to Britain in 1991 to escape the civil war in Sudan.

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Google previewThis Year's Model (2015)

Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour by Elizabeth Wissinger

Alek Wek is a Sudanese model who started modeling in 1995 after being discovered in an outdoor market in London. Anne Witz, Chris Warhurst, and Dennis Nickson, “The Labour of Aesthetics and the Aesthetics of Organization,” Organization ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African American Popular Culture [4 volumes] (2010)

by Jessie Carney Smith

Alek Wek (Sudanese) designs handbags, and Naomi Sims created a line of wigs. Those who aspire to become models will find only some things have changed.

Google previewThe Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World (2013)

by Mary Zeiss Stange, Carol K. Oyster, Jane E. Sloan

The modeling population is represented by Sudanese Alek Wek, Ethiopian Liya Kebede, and Betty Adewole from Nigeria, to name a few. Despite the growing prominence of African designers and models, there is some concern about “brain ...

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