By Alek Wek
Alek Wek has been the face of advert campaigns for firms starting from trainer to Michael Kors to Nars and has labored the runways on behalf of designers corresponding to Diane von Furstenberg and Christian Dior. but her defining moments expand past the runways of latest York, Milan, Paris, and London. Born to a middle-class kinfolk within the Sudan, Wek stumbled on her existence unexpectedly inverted whilst civil warfare broke out between outlaw militias, the Muslim-dominated govt, and southern rebels. The clash not just killed million humans, it created a whole group of refugees, together with Wek's family—many of whom fled to London. here's Wek's brilliant, bold tale of emerging from refugee to overseas stick insect.
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She boiled the water for us to drink. We gathered on the ground around our feast and ate it with our ﬁngers from the three ﬂowered enamel plates my mother had brought with us. Those plates made the meals so much nicer. It’s amazing 51 what a small amount of civility will do for you when you’re in a hard situation. We were so hungry this food tasted as good as any meal I’d ever had, though the food was ﬁnished pretty quickly—there was only just enough to go around. I was used to small amounts, so it didn’t really bother me.
They laughed at him and they let him go. Then they went on to harass or kill their next victim, depending on their mood. These militias were our nightmare. We crowded around the radio whenever we could, addicted to the war news. We ’d hear that another city had fallen to the rebels. It was hard to believe, because the government soldiers were deﬁnitely keeping the rebels from entering Wau, although we ’d heard that there were plenty of them on the outskirts of town. More soldiers poured into town each day.
In Wau, I belonged to a welleducated, worldly family, but in London I was the one everyone teased for being a primitive country girl. In their eyes, I was no different from my village cousins. I was an unsophisticated African, whose skin was darker than night. They were second- or third-generation immigrants, with lighter skin, and they knew the ways of London. I realized then that it is all relative, and that you shouldn’t think badly of others for not having the same advantages or viewpoint. I felt bad for having judged my village cousins harshly at times in the past.
Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel by Alek Wek