South Sudanese model Alek Wek discusses her modelling career

Alek Wek is still learning about the fashion industry.

The 40-year-old model – who embarked on a career in the industry aged 18 years old – has admitted she is “always discovering” new things about herself, and she has revealed she still has the same zest for her job as she did over 20 years ago.

Speaking to Elle magazine, the catwalk icon said: “I get to learn every time I do a story; I’m always discovering what works and that keeps me active.

“There’s a feeling you have when you’re young and you can’t wait to grow up; I’ve still got that feeling. I’ve matured a bit, but I still have that joy of youth.”

Alek has credited social media for propelling the fashion industry further and helping the industry to “move fast”.

The South Sudanese-British star explained: “Today, it’s all about ‘new faces’. You guys have to work so damn hard. Before, we looked forward to seeing the same people. We grew up together. Now, with social media, things move fast. But the industry is also coming back to those authentic values; people want photography shoots with substance, and social media also gives you a platform to hold designers if they’re not representing a diverse group of people.

“To me beauty is universal. It doesn’t matter what colour someone is, because we all cry the same, we all bleed the same, we celebrate family and friendships in the same way.”

But the style muse thinks it is a “lot harder” nowadays to “sweep bad behaviour under the rug” in the business.

She added: “It’s a lot harder to sweep bad behaviour under the rug.”

Alek also finds it interesting to observe budding models, who “climb over” other models, forge their career, as she has hinted they will not have longevity with their career.

She explained: “If a brand is doing something because it’s tokenistic or a gimmick, it always comes out. If models try to have instant gratification and climb over others, I say ‘Well time tells’.”


Source: Bang ShowBiz

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  1. Avatar shalom April 3rd, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    We need to have tolerance and patience. Surely give the whole process a chance rather causing a rift cause of personal vested interests. We remain focused developmentally not political muscling.

  2. Avatar Francis April 3rd, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Some of us saw this coming long time ago.Governors think that they are demo gods who do not have to answer to anybody.They totally miss-understood devolution as applied in Kenya.If the president elected by millions is answerable to the people and has very limited powers how on earth do we have a governor of a “small county” yelling aloud that they do not answer to anyone? Besides in proportional terms the counties are responsible for 15% of national budget. The national gov. is responsible for 85% of the budget.How is the national gov. going to serve the same people other than having reps. in every county?Worse counties as currently constituted are TRIBAL ENCLAVES! Most reps. Governors are from one tribe in most counties- such a government cannot be autonomous from national government.The national gov. guarantees the interests of all Kenyans and foreign/local investors in counties who may be blackmailed by local politics.It is a shame that the new governors are talking about control of the budget forgetting that they have not in any way contributed to the monies they are talking about.This is money collected as TAXES by national government from tax payers from all over the nation.I will urge that these governors tell us how they will generate revenue from their counties to use as they please and buy FLAGS.Soon Kenyans will require a formula that factors in your county’s contribution to the national kitty since we cannot support joyriders on other counties.That is when the governors will wake up and stop the nonsense and seek ways to help their people as opposed to show off and power pecking order.In the US any state that does not balance its budget can be taken over by federal government.Any mayor who miss-behaves is removed by the governor and governor appoints a state officer to take over the city! It is high time people realize that the objective is to serve Kenyans via devolution but under one government of the republic of Kenya.Any other government is BANDIA! County commissioners are Kenyans.Most have served our country for decades- none of the cartoon governors can hold a candle for most of our long serving PCs.Their statements so far together with walk-outs are as juvenile as they come.They are a bad example to our nation and the youth who looks up to them as role models.High school kids fare better than that.


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