You may not know her name, but you definitely know her face. Name a runway, she's been on it. Name a designer, she's worn it. Who is this I'm talking about? None other than the Sudanese British force that is Alek Wek.
She first appeared on the catwalks in 1995 after she fled the Sudanese civil war and has been making headlines ever since. What I love about Alek is that she is sort of the unofficial poster child for what it means to be a dark-skinned beauty. Seriously, I don't know too many "redbones" who would DARE step to her. Furthermore, I don't know many who could grab the attention of the caliber of high end designers that she has. Whenever I see pictures of her I honestly get a little choked up. I can imagine that coming from Sudan she has an amazing story to tell and seeing the fame she's been able to accomplish is both humbling & inspiring. Even before I knew her name, I loved her.