South Sudanese Supermodel, Alek Wek was forced to flee her homeland when civil war broke out in her young country.
Wek’s family fled to the UK where her life changed. She had to learn a new language and adjust to a different world. According to the BBC 100 women, it was while in London that Wek was discovered by a modelling scout, despite the fact her dark skin and Dinka features were at odds with the more European look favoured for black models at the time.
Now based in New York, Wek is one of the most recognised fashion models in the world and a passionate campaigner for refugees.
As part of the BBC’s 100 Women season she talks to Anne Soy about being a top model, about life as a refugee and about being a unique beauty by western standards.
Credits: BBC 100 women
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