Alek Wek is a South Sudanese-British supermodel and designer who has appeared on the cover or been featured in many international fashion magazines including Elle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Vogue among others. She has appeared in campaigns for many important fashion houses such as Chanel, Moschino, Fendi, Dries Van Noten, Ralph Lauren, Karl Lagerfeld, Marc Jacobs, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood, Chloé, Gucci, DKNY, Jean Paul Gaultier, Giorgio Armani, Sonia Rykiel, Viktor & Rolf, Diane Von Furstenberg, Michael Kors, John Galliano, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Céline, Valentino, Tommy Hilfiger, Roberto Cavalli, Givenchy, Dolce & Gabbana, Lanvin, Zac Posen, Emporio Armani, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and Oscar De La Renta. She has also appeared in advertising campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Moschino, Clinique, Michael Kors, Jean Paul Gaultier, Issey Miyake, Ann Taylor, Nars, Banana Republic, Gap, Saks Fifth Avenue, H&M, and Isabel Marant. Born on April 16, 1977 in Wau, South Sudan, to Akuol and Athian, she was raised with eight siblings. She fled to Britain in 1991 to escape the civil war in Sudan. She was discovered in 1995 at an outdoor market in Crystal Palace, London by a Models 1 scout. She was married to Riccardo Sala from 2003 to 2013.
Alek Wek Personal Details:
Date Of Birth: 16 April 1977
Birth Place: Wau, South Sudan
Residence: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birth Name: Alek Wek
Zodiac Sign: Aries
Occupation: Model, Fashion designer
Nationality: British, Sudanese
Race/Ethnicity: Black (Dinka)
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Alek Wek Body Statistics:
Weight in Pounds: 123.5 lbs
Weight in Kilogram: 56 kg
Height in Feet: 5′ 11″
Height in Meters: 1.80 m
Body Build/Type: Slim
Body Measurements: 34-23-35 in (86-59-89 cm)
Breast Size: 34 inches (86 cm)
Waist Size: 23 inches (59 cm)
Hips Size: 35 inches (89 cm)
Bra Size/Cup Size: 32B
Feet/Shoe Size: 9.5 (US)
Dress Size: 4 (US)
Alek Wek Family Details:
Father: Athian (Education Official)
Mother: Akuol (Housewife)
Spouse/Husband: Riccardo Sala (m. 2003–2013)
Siblings: She has 6 older and 2 younger siblings.
Alek Wek Education:
Hackney Free & Parochial CofE Secondary School
London’s College of Fashion
Alek Wek Facts:
*She was born on April 16, 1977 in Wau, South Sudan.
*At 14, she escaped turmoil in Sudan with her family.
*She started her fashion career at the age of 18 in 1995.
*In 1997, she was named model of the year by MTV.
*She appeared in the 1999 and 2000 Pirelli calendars.
*She was listed as one of BBC’s 100 Women in 2015.
*She was ranked #14 in Channel 5’s “World’s Greatest Supermodel”.
*She is the aunt of the runway model Ataui Deng.
*She has worked with agencies IMG Models (New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Sydney), D’management group (Milan), Storm Model Management (London), and Mega Model Agency (Hamburg).
*Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.