Alek Wek Quotes

Alek Wek (born 16 April 1977) is a South Sudanese-British model and designer who began her fashion career at the age of 18 in 1995. She has been hailed for her influence on the perception of beauty in the fashion industry. She is from the Dinka ethnic group in South Sudan, but fled to Britain in 1991 to escape the civil war in Sudan. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York

Read more about this author on Wikipedia

Alek Wek


I believe that true beauty comes from inside you and that always shows through. I have no problem with whatever the next look is, whether it's big blonde hair and blue eyes or green hair and dark eyes. That's fine so long as there isn't just one ideal image.

Alek Wek


For me, there has never been one definition of beauty. I think we all have something to offer and when beauty shines from within, there can be no denying it

Alek Wek


I think I enjoy London the best as it's where I started my career. But Paris is beautiful too.

Alek Wek


Fashion shows are glamorous for 20 minutes.

Alek Wek


You don't have to go with the crowd.

Alek Wek


Maybe I do have a few more dresses, but I'm just like everyone else.

Alek Wek


A lot of people especially want to know about going into business. But it's a two-way conversation.

Alek Wek


Pressure only makes you sick. You won't get anything positive out of it.

Alek Wek


I have no problem with whatever the next big look is. Just don't try and tell me that only one look is beautiful.

Alek Wek


I learnt just how little it takes to survive, which is why I donâ??t waste things â?? food, money, friendships or opportunities.

Alek Wek


In my country, families are raised as though they are one. Although I am from the Dinka tribe, my parents didn't raise us as the Dinka tribe. They raised us as the Wek family, in the way they believed their children should grow up. So when you leave, the first thing you think is the ones you left behind. It's natural to help them in any way you can. I found a way to support myself rather than asking my Mum to give me money. I would work before school and send money back to pay for their rent and food.

Alek Wek


Not everyone is selfish in fashion. There are people who go to bed feeling good about themselves and then spread the love.

Alek Wek


I wore hot pants and cowboy boots and I thought, 'What have I gotten myself into?'

Alek Wek


I'm trying to grow older with wisdom.

Alek Wek


Beauty is deeper than just what you look at in a picture. You could fancy what you like, but as a woman my mother always raised us to believe in ourselves. I'm very grateful for the fact that my mother brought me up that way.

Alek Wek