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Alek: My Life from Sudanese Refugee to International Supermodel Paperback – August 26, 2008
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About the Author
Discovered on the streets of London, Alek Wek, a former refugee, is now an international supermodel who has graced dozens of top runways and the pages of the most glamorous fashion magazines. An entrepreneur as well as a model, she has her own handbag line, Wek 1933. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
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Top Customer Reviews
After reading the book, I realized that a combination of elements were involved. These included: a strong work ethic, a competent business agent, compliance, obedience, and a very pleasant personality. Along with a vast network of peers that like you and a stick thin figure that displays clothing designs in a flattering manner, those are the ingredients for success in photographic runway modeling.
Her story, itself, was intriguing. Its intrinsic value showcases what made Alek Wek the woman that she is. Her book didn't adumbrate her life story at all. It traced her life from a childhood, with the Nilotic people, in Southern Sudan to her present day residence in New York.(2007) In my opinion, her literary writings made me feel as though I were traveling with their family until they separated and she was transported to London, England. The book was very graphic and informative about life in Southern Africa. And, it wasn't too verbose or abstruce. I enjoyed its first person autobiographical format. Additiionally, she addressed her dark complexion issues. For example, on page 157, she states that her skin color has helped and hurt her career. And, on page 159, she states that people in the industry never believed that she could any work unless it involved black features. Although distressing, she overcame these annoying issues and proceeded to create a niche for herself, as a model, with the help of people who believed in her and wanted to give her a chance. Certainly, I don't wonder about Ms. Wek anymore. Because, she is not an enigma to me.
This was a special treat for me for many reasons but mainly because it reinforced my hope that our kids are listening; not only to our words but to their environment. It was again a special treat for me...to be infected with the spirit of Africa, to feel the power of her words and her love for herself...who she truly is.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book. Alex takes you on a journey described in such detail I felt her every emotion. Great read, great success story!Published on August 24, 2014 by SAND
I received the book in a timely manner in excellent condition. It was a very interesting story and Alek should be very proud of how she overcame such difficulties to become a... Read morePublished on October 10, 2012 by sobo66
Felt a bit all over the show in the first chapter but this book is better than most. I like the way it was written. Read a bio by another model and was so disappointed. Read morePublished on May 5, 2012 by Jolly
I bought this book after reading an excerpt, I believe it was in Vogue (or possibly Elle?) Anyways it's a really captivating but not long read. Read morePublished on July 9, 2008 by virakam
this book is amazing, touching, i cried my eyes out. its very inspiring and motivational. it made my everyday problems seems so little compared to what she went through. Read morePublished on September 24, 2007 by N. Com