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April 16, 1977 (47)

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Alek Wek is a South Sudanese-British model and activist who has become one of the most influential figures in the fashion industry. She first gained international recognition in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Wek’s breakthrough came in 1997 when she appeared on the cover of Elle magazine, which helped establish her as a major force in fashion. She went on to appear on numerous other magazine covers, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and i-D, and has worked with some of the biggest names in fashion, including Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, and Karl Lagerfeld.

Wek’s success as a model has helped pave the way for greater diversity in the fashion industry. She has been a vocal advocate for models of color and has worked to raise awareness about the lack of representation in the industry. In 2018, she even wrote an op-ed for CNN, in which she called on the fashion industry to do more to promote diversity and inclusion.

In addition to her work in fashion, Wek is also an animal lover and advocate for animal welfare. She has worked with a number of animal non-profit organizations, including PETA and the Born Free Foundation, to raise awareness about animal rights issues. She has also spoken out against the use of fur in fashion, and has worked to promote more sustainable and ethical fashion practices.

Wek’s activism extends beyond animal welfare as well. She is also a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and has worked to raise awareness about the refugee crisis in South Sudan and other parts of the world. She has also been involved in various philanthropic efforts, including the Wek 1933 Foundation, which she founded to help promote education and development in South Sudan.

Throughout her career, Wek has collaborated with a number of other influential people in various industries. She has appeared in music videos for artists like Tina Turner and Janet Jackson, and has worked with photographers like Steven Meisel and Annie Leibovitz. She has also been a muse to numerous designers, including McQueen and Lagerfeld. In addition to fashion, Wek has worked with numerous artists, including Halsey, Rihanna, Big Sean, and DJ Khaled.