Alek Wek, 43, has been a part of the fashion industry since the mid-nineties, and she’s in large part responsible for the change in the perception of beauty in the fashion world. Originally from South Sudan, Wek had to flee her country at an early age with her family, which moved to Europe. She didn’t have an easy childhood, but it was all part of the journey that brought her to where she is today.
Wek always had a passion for fashion, and at the age of 18, she was discovered by a modeling agent. Wek was among the pioneers who managed to break the conventions of beauty in the fashion world and set a new, wider standard for what is considered beautiful. In 2015, the model was listed among BBC’s100 Women.