Alek Wek

We eat to live.Alek Wek

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I like to accept it all, the negative and the positive.Alek Wek

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I am not really into buying a lot of expensive things.Alek Wek

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When you give, you receive.Alek Wek

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It's a small world when you're from South Sudan.Alek Wek

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London is like my second home. I've still got friends there from school and from when I first started in the modelling business - people such as Karen Elson, Jasmine Guinness, Jade Parfitt.Alek Wek

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I've always loved to paint - I was studying to do an art degree when I was approached to become a model - and I've being doing some design work as well. I also love just having a quiet time, sitting in my little library at home in Brooklyn and reading or watching documentaries or listening to music.Alek Wek

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I was working part-time as a cleaner while I was going to college and then babysitting after school.Alek Wek

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I grew up in southern Sudan, one of nine children. Our life was simple but very happy.Alek Wek

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When I was a girl, civil war in Sudan forced me to flee my home town of Wau.Alek Wek

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War tore my family apart.Alek Wek

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Whenever I feel I am going through my own 'little' challenging moment, I just think about my mom.Alek Wek

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There's one thing we all share: We eat to nurture ourselves, to feel stronger.Alek Wek

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Starting modeling in the '90s, it was quite surreal. They were like, 'You're so different! So weird! So bizarre!' And I'm like, 'I'm so normal. What are you talking about?'Alek Wek

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I love cooking. I love having friends around.Alek Wek

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You've got to make yourself happy. I'm a happy person naturally.Alek Wek

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There are tons of black girls modeling, and each one is special.Alek Wek

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When I talk, it shouldn't just be black girls listening.Alek Wek

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All the exhausting aspects of my job are made worthwhile because I get to experience so many different cultures. It makes you really appreciate the memories.Alek Wek

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I grew up in a small town in Sudan. There weren't many cars, so we did things in the countryside near where we lived.Alek Wek

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When I was 14, I came to school in London. I remember it was very cold, but also having to adjust and become fluent in English.Alek Wek

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You can feel very strongly that someone doesn't like you. I think any model who didn't have the same sort of upbringing as me would find that very difficult. But I absolutely knew I was entitled. I never thought I was ugly - it never crossed my mind.Alek Wek

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When I started, I'd hear other people saying, 'God, she's so bizarre-looking,' because I didn't look like the girl next door. But I was just normal. I was the girl next door. There were people in high fashion I could better relate to who were doing something more interesting and not talking this sort of rubbish.Alek Wek

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Going on safari in South Africa was hardcore but a lot of fun - though my friend Maura was absolutely freaking out about all the bugs in her hair and having to pee in the sand.Alek Wek

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The beauty of reading is that it lets you travel in a way you could never know.Alek Wek

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I like unique little boutique hotels, such as Blakes in London.Alek Wek

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My commitment to refugees comes from a very personal place.Alek Wek

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I have short hair. It doesn't make me more unattractive than a woman or my sisters that have more longer hair and a bit lighter.Alek Wek

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I feel, in 2015, when we see human beings and children dying to cross the ocean, trying to find safety, something more must be done to help them because refugees are just like me and you.Alek Wek

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When I was 10 years old, I fled my homeland amid the bomb blasts of civil war in Sudan.Alek Wek

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