Monday, March 19, 2007

About Alek Wek

- Alek originates from the Dinka tribe of southern Sudan and has eight siblings. She went to school in England after her family fled there seeking political asylum when she was 14 years old. She went on to study fashion technology in London. She was discovered whilst attending a fete by Fiona Ellis, a scout from Models One. Alek was featured in the 1999 Pirelli calendar. She has received the 'Venus de la Mode' award.
- Alek has done a variety of work for charitable causes including World Vision (for which she is the spokesperson), the U.S. Committee for Refugees, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign, New York City Special Olympics, Sudanese relief through UNICEF, London Refugee Week, Roots (in Brooklyn) and DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS).
- Alek made her debut in cinema with a supporting role in director Shekhar Kapur's ('Elisabeth') FOUR FEATHERS. Alek was featured in Tina Turner's Golden Eye music video.[source]

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