Supermodel Alek Wek is my first #WomanCrushWednesday!
Alek was the first black model whose looks didn’t conform to Caucasian aesthetics, which is quite a rarity in the industry. She also became the first African model on the cover of ELLE Magazine. She truly helped to change the perception of beauty in the fashion industry. She has worked with the likes of Issey Miyake, Moschino, Victoria’s Secret, Clinique, John Galliano, Chanel, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Armani, Fendi, Christian Dior & was certainly a favorite of Valentino.
Coming from the Dinka, an ethnic group in what is now known as South Sudan, Wek & her family fled in 1991 to travel to Britain in order to escape the civil war in her country at that time.
Today, Alek is a thriving businesswoman & designer. She has her own line of high end handbags named ‘Wek 1933′, available at selected Selfridges department stores. The line is inspired by a brass-clasp briefcase her late father used to carry.