Born on 16 April 1977, Alek Wek was the 8th child in a very poor family in Wau (South Sudan). In 1985, Wek had to flee her country fearing the civil war that had broken out. On the way, her father died due to paralysis and haemorrhage. She came to London at an age of 14 there she took admission in the London college of fashion to pursue a degree in fashion business and technology. A model 1 scout named Fiona Ellis spotted her at a market situated in Crystal Palace in 1995. She got a chance to work in a music video called Golden Eye. Post this her modeling career began. The very next year, she started working for Ford models. She then went on to work in the "Got 'Til It's Gone" music video by Janet Jackson. But the biggest achievement that she got was being declared the Model of the Year by MTV in the year 1997.
Alek Wek has had a decorated modeling career since then. She has gone on to become one of the best model in the world. She has walked in a modeling show for the reputed brands in the world like , Christian Dior, John Galliano, Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Valentino, Tommy Hilfiger, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, , Diane Von Furstenberg,Viktor & Rolf, Emporio ArmaniZac Posen, Hermès, to name a few. She has also been on the cover of Forbes magazine, Elle, cosmopolitan, and various other magazines. She launched her acting career in the year 2000 working in 'The Four Feathers'. She has also worked for Marc Jacobs and walked the ramp at the New York Fashion Week held in September 2015 for him. In the year 2016, she was also on the cover of four special editions of Brazilian Elle.
She turned a designer when she started designing handbags called 'Wek 1933’. She started working with the U.S. Committee for Refugees Advisory Council as their advisor. This council creates awareness about the degrading situation of the refugees around the world and also about Sudan.
She went on to publish her autobiography titled Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel in the year 2007, which narrates her story from the dark ages of Sudan to the bright future of modeling.
Since she likes to keep her private life out of the reach of media it is very less known about her personal life. Since 2003, she was dating Riccardo Sala, real estate developer from Italy with whom she also has a baby. There is no news of her being married or having a husband. There is no news of any divorce whatsoever. She is currently dating a guy named Lammy Dube. There is very little known about her boyfriend.
Alek Wek remains one of the most influencing personalities in the black community. She is admired by millions of people for her great personality with a good height. According to her biography, her net worth is $30 Million.
Alek Wek is so beautiful and famous because she works very hard and did not give up.
|16 Apr, 1977
|London College of Fashion
|South Sudanese British model and designer
|Net Worth 2021: