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Fab Read: Alek, From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel

One look at supermodel Alek Wek's impressive modeling resume (Chanel? Check. Moschino? Check. John Galliano? Check.) and you'd never believe she was once a victim of a ruthless civil war in Sudan that killed nearly 2 million people.

Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel, $17, first delves into the pre-modeling life of Alek, when she and her family fled the brutal war on foot to London. Later, Wek talks about her journey from young model in London to an international supermodel, and how her non-European looks made her all the more notable. Here is a real rags to riches story.


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tabloidprincess tabloidprincess 10 years
I have the book. It's good.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 10 years
I read about her in Vogue. SHe has got such an amazing back story that I wish you guys would follow this up with. She's got some GORGEOUS pictures
mic_check_chell mic_check_chell 10 years
buyin' it. end of discussion...she's my favorite model!
Beauty Beauty 10 years
I love her! She's not just pretty, she's smart — and, though it should go without saying, one strong lady.
amh678 amh678 10 years
I loved her interview in People a couple of weeks ago. I have so much respect for her!
Rugelach Rugelach 10 years
it is not easy to be both a runway model and a monumental bad ass.
Laily Laily 10 years
I love Alek! Yay for the book.
LettyRN LettyRN 10 years
She is unique. Great success story.
lms lms 10 years
I do not find her attractive, but she is definitely a very good model. She has a look and it works.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
She is one of the most beautiful models I have ever seen. I had no idea about her backstory though, and it makes her even more appealing.
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