Alek Wek is a Sudanese-British supermodel who established her name in the modeling industry with her hard work and dedication. Alek has been influencing people on the perception of beauty in the fashion industry. Despite being a dark-skinned woman, she broke all stereotypes and became a top-model in the fashion world. In 2015, this beauty was among one of the BBC’s 100 Women.
Apart from that, this model has a lot of things undercover. But don’t worry, we unveil everything about this fashionista. Know all the secrets of this model’s age, height, and body measurements, including about her relationship status. So, let’s check it out.
Quick Facts About Alek Wek
|Full Name||Alek Wek|
|Birth Date||December 03, 1977|
|Birth Place||Wau, Southern Sudan|
|Education||Went to London’s College of Fashion to study Fashion Business and Technology.|
|Father’s Name||Athian (1933–1985)|
|Mother’s Name||Akuol (b. 1946)|
|Height||5 feet 11 inches or 180 cm|
|Shoe Size||9.5 (US) or 40 (EU) or 7 (UK)|
|Hair Color||Brown – Dark|
|Eye Color||Brown – Dark|
|Body Measurement||34-23-35 inches|
|Marital Status||Separated; Single now|
|Boyfriend||Ricardo Sala (former)|
|Spouse||Ricardo Sala (former)|
|Net Worth||$20 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
|Agency||IMG Models – New York, IMG Models – Paris, Storm Models – London, D Management Group – Milan, Mega Model Agency – Hamburg/Berlin, IMG Models – Sydney, IMG Models – Los Angeles|
Who is Alek Wek? – Short Bio
This fashion model was born in Wau in Sudan (now South Sudan), where Alek grew up with her other eight siblings. Not to mention she is the seventh of nine children of her parents. Meanwhile, she was born in a poor family, where they even had to share a two-bedroom house. And they had to live in a house without electricity or running water.
This model’s mother, Akulo, was born in 1946 while her father, Athian (1933-1985). Her mother worked as a housewife, and her father was an education official. Until the age of 14, she suffered from skin condition psoriasis from infancy.
Wek and her family fled from their country to Britain in 1991 from civil war. This model comes under the Dinka ethnic group in South Sudan. After arriving in London at the age of 14, her skin disease cleared. Then after she enrolled in London College of fashion in order to pursue in Fashion Business and Technology.
This talented model also featured in a movie The four Feathers for a role named Aquol back in 2002 and also appeared in an episode of the talk show Tavis Smiley as herself.
How Old Is Alek Wek? – Age, Height, and Body Measurements
The literal meaning of her name is “Black Spotted Cow.” This Sudanese-British designer celebrates her birthday each year on April 16. Since she was born in the year of 1977, that’s why as of now, she is 42 years old. This hardworking model comes under sun sign Aries.
Although Alek is 42 years old, she keeps her body fit and has a slim build. Body statistics of her is 34-23-35 inches or 86-58.5-89 cms and weighs about 56 kg or 123.5 lbs. She wears a shoe size of 9.5(US) or 40(EU) or 7 (UK). Being a model, Wek has perfect height, measures 5 ft 11 inches, or 180 cms tall.
Although being a model, she doesn’t believe in crazy diets like calorie-cutting diets, which almost every model skips. According to Alek, she was shocked at first by knowing that these calorie-cutting diets followed around, due to coming from the country where the starvation problem is widespread. Hence she loves to eat almost everything in a moderate amount.
Meanwhile, this model loves to eat rice, okra, and fish, but she makes sure that she is working out regularly. To sum up her look, this beauty has amazing dark brown eyes and black hair. Moreover, she is known for having long-limbs and wearing very short-cropped hair.
Alek Wek – Professional Career
Being a dark-skinned woman, there were lots of hurdles in her way of becoming a model. But her dedication and continuous hard work paid her well, making her one of the leading ladies in the modeling industry for nearly two decades.
This beautiful model was discovered at an outdoor market in Crystal Palace, London in 1995, by Models 1 scout. In the same year, she appeared in a music video named “GoldenEye” by Tina Turner.
In 1996, Alek was signed by Ford Models and got the opportunity to work on a music video “Got Till It’s Gone” by Janet Jans the same year. A year after i.e., in 1997, Alek was named “Model of the Year” by MTV. This model became the first African model to appear on the cover of Elle in the following year.
Till this date, she has modeled for many famous fashion houses. This 42 years old model featured on the cover of American, French, German, and South African Elle, as well as i-D, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Forbes Magazine Africa, and Ebony. Despite being a dark-colored model, she also featured in American and British Vogue. Back in 2016, she modeled for special edition covers of Brazilian Elle.
Apart from a top-model, Alek is also known as a designer. This hardworking lady designs a handbag called “Wek 1993”, this name refers to the year of her father was born. According to Alek, her inspiration behind designing this bag came from her dad’s brass-clasp briefcase.
Who is Alek Wek’s Husband? Does She Have A Baby?
This supermodel walked down the aisle with Italian real estate business magnate, Ricardo Sala. At first, the pair started going out together and repeatedly met for dinner. Later they lovey-dovey couple decided to marry in 2003. However, destiny had a different plan, after staying together for a decade, both of them decided to go along in their separate ways in 2013.
Right now, Alek Wek is probably single, as this top-model hasn’t disclosed any information regarding her relationship. Speaking of kids, neither she has adopted any nor she has her biological baby.
Alek Wek Net Worth
After being in the fashion industry for nearly two decades, she has accompanied really good fortune. It’s true that hard work always pays off. Despite facing lots of challenges from her early life, working continuously with dedication, right now, she is amongst rich models in the world.
Currently, this model has an estimated net worth of around $20 million. Her main source of money comes from endorsing different brands and modeling for various magazines and fashion houses. This fashionista is also a designer of her handbags called “Wek 1993“. This is one of many sources of her earnings.
Social Media Presence
Right now, this model is active on Instagram and Twitter.