There is no news of her being married or having a husband. While giving a speech on beauty and self-perception, Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong'o , mentioned Alek, stating that she had been a self-conscious, insecure teenager before seeing Alek in the spotlight: Wikimedia Commons has media related to Alek Wek. Committee for Refugees Advisory Council,  which helps to raise awareness about the situation in Sudan, as well as the plight of refugees worldwide. Views Read Edit View history.
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 also been on the cover of Forbes magazine, Elle, cosmopolitan, and various other magazines.
She launched her acting career in the year working in 'The Four Feathers'. In the year , she was also on the cover of four special editions of Brazilian Elle. She started working with the U. 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 , 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 , 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. Her name reportedly means "Black Spotted Cow".
When the civil war broke out in Wau in , the Wek family had to flee from both rebel and government forces. Her father, Athian, once broke his hip in a bicycle accident, and his hip was repaired with metal pins. Long periods of walking caused Athian's hip to get infected, and upon the family's return to Wau, he became paralysed and endured a haemorrhage.
He died at a relative's home in Khartoum. After arriving in London at age 14, Alek's psoriasis immediately cleared, possibly due to the damp climate. Alek was discovered at an outdoor market in in Crystal Palace, London  by a Models 1 scout. She appeared in the music video for " GoldenEye " by Tina Turner that year, and shortly thereafter began fashion modeling.
Alek has walked for many notable fashion houses: She has also been featured in editorials in American and British Vogue. In May , she modelled for four special edition covers of Brazilian Elle. Dark-skinned models were rare, if not unheard of, in the high fashion industry. Alek was "the first black model who didn't conform to a Caucasian aesthetic, the first with an uncompromising, sub-Saharan beauty While giving a speech on beauty and self-perception, Kenyan actress, Lupita Nyong'o , mentioned Alek, stating that she had been a self-conscious, insecure teenager before seeing Alek in the spotlight: Alek also designs a range of designer handbags called "Wek ", which are available throughout selected Selfridges department stores.
The name refers to the year her father was born. Since , Alek has been an advisor to the U. Committee for Refugees Advisory Council,  which helps to raise awareness about the situation in Sudan, as well as the plight of refugees worldwide.
In , she released an autobiography, entitled Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel , documenting her journey from a childhood of poverty in Sudan to the catwalks of Europe. In , she appeared as a guest judge in the sixteenth cycle of America's Next Top Model. In July , she returned to South Sudan with the UN Refugee Agency to highlight the stories of refugees returning from the north and the massive efforts needed to build and stabilise the country.
In , Alek teamed up with Amarula as the face of their campaign African Originals. Alek was in a relationship with Riccardo Sala, an Italian real estate developer, for twelve years; they separated in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article contains a Dinka name.
Alek Wek (born 16 April ) is a South Sudanese-British model and designer who began her fashion career at the age of 18 in She has been hailed for her influence on the perception of beauty in the fashion industry. She is from the Dinka ethnic group in South Sudan. Born in Sudan, Alek left in to escape the civil war ravaging her country. Arriving in London at age 14, she was discovered soon after by a model scout in a South. Photo of Alek Wek. Skip Nav. Fashion. Love It. Save Your Favorites Now. The Stunning Gowns at the Venice Film Festival Will Have You Saying "Ciao, Bella!" Over and Over. Love It. Favorite It Now.