Alek Wek(1977-), Fashion model
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Born in Southern Sudan, Alek Wek was raised as part of the Dinka tribe. At fourteen the civil war forced her to flee to London with her younger sister, where they were later joined by their mother and three more of their eight siblings. It was in London, while attending school for art and design, that Wek was discovered. She first got attention with the help of the music video for Golden Eye by Tina Turner, in 1995 and from there made it into the world of fashion as one of its top models. She was signed to Ford Models in 1996 and was also seen in the Got 'Til It's Gone music video by Janet Jackson that year. She was named 'Model of the Year' in 1997 by MTV.
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