By Alek Wek
Alek Wek has been the face of advert campaigns for firms starting from trainer to Michael Kors to Nars and has labored the runways on behalf of designers similar to Diane von Furstenberg and Christian Dior. but her defining moments expand past the runways of recent York, Milan, Paris, and London. Born to a middle-class kin within the Sudan, Wek came across her existence all of sudden inverted while civil struggle broke out between outlaw militias, the Muslim-dominated executive, and southern rebels. The clash not just killed million humans, it created a whole neighborhood of refugees, together with Wek's family—many of whom fled to London. this is Wek's terrific, bold tale of emerging from refugee to overseas stick insect.
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Eating only a small stew of leaves and roots at night doesn’t satisfy or nourish, especially if you’ve walked for eight or nine hours. We continued trudging through the jungle, my stomach aching as if it had been turned inside out, when my mother suddenly spotted some fruit hanging from a tree. “Oh, children, look at this,” she said, excited. She picked some of the fruits and broke them open so we each could have a piece. ” It tasted sweet, and my body ﬂushed with good feeling as I swallowed it.
The rebel looked at her for a long moment, which made me think that yes, he needed a lot, and he wished we had more to give him. He needed guns and food and clothes and trucks and radios. He needed the government to stop trying to enforce Islam. He needed freedom for all the people in Sudan. ” he asked. “Soap,” said my mother. ” He nodded. He had so little that a bar of soap was good enough. This was the kind of man the rebels thought could bring down the government? They had a few bullets but no food.
My little sister snored and ﬁdgeted on the ﬂoor next to me, oblivious to everything. Gunﬁre in the distance kept me on edge; I feared the militias would return. There was a smell of gunpowder. Men were yelling. Each time one of the cows snorted out in the yard I thought it was someone climbing over the wall. Sucking in my stomach and ﬂattening my 37 shoulders to the cold concrete ﬂoor made me as thin as a board. The bullets, if they came, would whiz right above me. It’s the same thing I do now on the runway—throw my shoulders back and lengthen my body.
Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel by Alek Wek