During the civil war in Sudan, Alek Wek moved to Britain in 1991 where she was discovered by a modeling scout at an outdoor market which led to the beginning of her highly successful modeling career. She earned initial recognition through appearances in music videos and soon turned herself into the most in-demand model of the fashion industry. During her highly successful professional career which is spread over multiple decades, Alek has walked the runway for almost all popular fashion houses around the globe, has been part of the advertising campaigns of several international brands and has landed on the covers of numerous magazines. At the time of her modeling debut, dark-skinned models were almost unheard of in the high-end fashion industry but Wek’s success greatly helped in changing that perception due to which she is widely seen as a role model especially among the black women. While when it comes to the personal life of the modeling diva, Alek Wek was in a long-term relationship with Italian real estate developer Riccardo Sala which lasted for twelve years.
Alek Wek Personal Details:
- Complete Name: Alek Wek
- Nicknames: Alek
- Date of Birth: April 16, 1977
- Birthplace: Wau, South Sudan
- Nationality: British, Sudanese
- Occupation: Model, Designer
- Zodiac Sign: Aries
- Eye Color: Dark Brown
- Hair Color: Dark Brown
Alek Wek Height Weight Bra Size Body Measurements Age Facts
Alek Wek Family Details:
- Father: Athian (Education Official)
- Mother: Akuol (Housewife)
- Siblings: She has two younger and six older siblings.
- Spouse Name: Riccardo Sala (2003-2013)
- Children Name: None
Alek Wek Relationships History:
- Riccardo Sala – Real Estate Magnate (2003)
Alek Wek Career Highlights:
- Modeling Debut: 1995
- First Film: The Four Feathers (2002)
- First TV Show: Tavis Smiley (2007)
Alek Wek Distinctive Features:
- Long Limbs
- Short Cropped Hair
Alek Wek Body Measurements:
Following are the complete model Alek Wek height, weight, bra cup, shoe size, and other body measurements statistics information.
- Height in Feet: 5’ 11”
- Height in Centimeters: 180 cm
- Weight in Kilogram: 56 kg
- Weight in Pounds: 123 pounds
- Bra Size: Unknown
- Dress Size: 4 (US)
- Feet/ Shoe Size: 9.5 (US)
- Body Measurements: 34-23-35
Alek Wek Interesting Facts:
- Alek grew up in poverty.
- She migrated to England at age 14.
- Wek is the aunt of the model Ataui Deng.
- She is credited for introducing dark-skinned models in the high-end fashion industry.
- In 1997, she became the first African model in history to appear in the cover of Elle magazine.
- She appeared in the music videos of Tina Turner’s “GoldenEye” and Janet Jackson’s “Got ‘Till It’s Gone” songs.