Alek Wek, a gorgeous Sudanese model is one comfortable in her dark skin. As an inspiration to all blacks everywhere, this fabulous model is a champion of the fashion industry and she has never allowed herself to be defined by her color.
According to her, skin tone “is not what defines you as a beautiful woman.” She believes that the discrimination against dark-skinned people, especially women, puzzles her. “I don’t even know where to start in terms of people having such an issue about color, especially being dark. I just think on different levels it’s ignorance, it’s no belief, no confidence, it’s insecurity, so you want to inflict it on somebody else.”
Wek has always be one to never let the negative comments about her skin color get to her “When I started modeling it was like ‘Oh, she’s too dark’ and I kind of looked at them like ‘You’re too daft.” She had always known she was something special, and her response to the close-minded people who thought she was not good enough was always “I’m going to prove you wrong.” “So I went with the people who truly believed in me.”
She rallied around a supportive group who believed in her look — a signature buzz cut and high cheekbones — and used the runway to inspire little Sudanese girls. “There are so many young girls, it would be awful for them to think that they would never see themselves as beautiful and grow into being the women they could be.” she says.
Her inspiring story and her ability to persevere even with a lot of discouragement is one that goes a long way to show black women that they are beautiful, and they should not let themselves be put down because of their color. On that note, she advised, “Black girls, I feel, rock, in so many ways, especially coming from five girls. My mother always has embedded in us that you guys rock in different ways, and to be able to celebrate that with each other is just beautiful.”
“Black girls, I feel, rock, in so many ways, especially coming from five girls. My mother always has embedded in us that you guys rock in different ways, and to be able to celebrate that with each other is just beautiful.”
ALEK WEK IN ALL HER GORGEOUS, BLACK GLORY