Supermodel Alek Wek was destined to disrupt the status quo. Born in South Sudan, she moved to the UK in the early ’90s to escape civil war and pursue an education in art history at the prestigious London College of Fashion.

After being discovered at a market at age 18, Alek began working for fashion's biggest designers and became the first African model to grace the cover of Elle. For nearly two decades since, she has commanded the camera and the runway, shattering mainstream Western stereotypes of beauty. i-D magazine named her “Model of the Decade,” and she was double crowned one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People.”

Off-duty, Alek is an author and humanitarian activist. She’s held a seat on the board for the United States Committee for Refugees and serves as a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Alek currently lives in Brooklyn, where she paints, designs, and writes.