Alek Wek, the South Sudanese model that started a revolution in the fashion industry at 18 (!!!) and compelled a young Lupita Nyong'o to stop begging God to make her skin lighter. Our paths crossed in Times Square yesterday and, not surprisingly, she was sweet enough to let me take a snapshot. She's a skinny little switch of a thing. Her skin is so flawless, she's luminous. And she was wearing a beautiful, bright, flowery dress that looked so spring-like, it knocked the chill right off of the rest of my day.
Now there's so many South Sudanese models (amongst others!) working in the fashion
industry, it's not a thing to see such blue-black elegance drifting
through any campaign, whether it's commercial or high end. It's important to recognize that Ms. Wek was the one that blew that door off its hinges. She's an ambassador, for all of us.
Hats off to the modeling scout that spotted her in London at a flea market with her mother when she was 18 years old.
interesting is that Ms. Wek never doubted her own beauty -- probably because as a child in the South Sudan, she wasn't
surrounded by an avalanche of white-centric media. Her confidence must have been infectious.
It still is.