By Alek Wek
Alek Wek has been the face of advert campaigns for corporations starting from trainer to Michael Kors to Nars and has labored the runways on behalf of designers corresponding 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 relations within the Sudan, Wek chanced on her existence abruptly inverted while civil battle broke out between outlaw militias, the Muslim-dominated govt, 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. here's Wek's impressive, bold tale of emerging from refugee to overseas stick insect.
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She had learned these tricks when she was young and, despite all our troubles, she found joy in walking through the bush. “This is my childhood all over again,” she said. Instead of acting like a put-upon mother of nine children, she tried to teach us what she knew. Her good mood was infectious. We hadn’t eaten anything since our cup of tea that morning and were getting hungry. My mother spotted a bunch of pumpkin leaf growing nearby and sent me to collect it. ” she said. ” I did. I remembered the stew she made with the leaves, which made me even hungrier.
They started ﬁddling with the lock on the gate. “Hush,” my mother said. ” She blew out the kerosene lantern and we huddled together in terriﬁed silence. Just then the militias got through our front gate. I could hear them walking outside near the veranda, moving very carefully. By that time so many civilians had taken up arms that the militias were afraid of being shot by us. ” She crept to the door and ﬂicked the latch. The lock made a clicking, metallic sound. The militias’ guns exploded in a blast of bullets.
Some men had pulled their dugout canoes up onto the mud bank and there were probably two dozen people there, waiting to cross. Out on the water I could see another dozen or so of these dugouts, dangerously full of people and their possessions—including chickens, a goat or two, some big sacks of grain—bobbing up and down in the water. I was worried, as I’d never tried swimming in my life. In fact, I only learned to swim a few years ago, when I was twentyseven. ” I was on vacation, surrounded by luxury, yet my ﬁrst thought was that if I ever had to cross a river again to ﬂee a dangerous situation, I’d want to know how to swim!
Alek: From Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel by Alek Wek