Monday, November 8, 2010

True... Raw.. Beauty... Alek Wek.

*DAME Model Spotlight*

Alek Wek

Born April 16, 1977, this 5' 11", gorgeous, flawless ebony skinned, Sudanese supermodel first appeared on the catwalks at the age of 18 in 1995, sparking a career lasting to date. She is from the Dinka ethnic group in the Sudan but in 1991 she and some family members fled to Britain to escape the civil war in Sudan. She later moved to the United States.

Some of Alek's modeling milestones: seen in the "Got 'Til It's Gone" music video by Janet Jackson. She was named "Model of the Year" in 1997 by MTV. She was the first African model to appear on the cover of Elle also in 1997. Amongst other things she has done advertisements for Issey Miyake, Moschino, Victoria's Secret and make-up company Clinique as well as walked the runway for high-profile fashion designers Shiatzy Chen, John Galliano, Chanel, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Jasper Conran and Ermanno Scervino. In walks for Christian Lacroix, she took the role of the bride on several occasions. In 2002 she made her acting debut in The Four Feathers as Sudanese princess Aquol photographed her for a 1999 calendar in a Joanne Gair body painting that was a highlight of Gair's first retrospective.

Check her out in one of her many recent fashion spreads!

Facts You Didn't Know About Alek:
-Wek also designs a range of designer handbags called "Wek 1933", which are available throughout selected Selfridges department stores. The year refers to the year her father was born. Her inspiration for the designs came from the brass-clasp briefcase carried by her father.

-She is a missionary for World Vision, an organisation which combats AIDS, an ambassador for Doctors Without Borders in Sudan, and devotes time to UNICEF.

A Beauty and A Philanthropist! A True DAME inside and out!

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