Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek is the latest interviewee in our rolling Subjective series, speaking to Nick Knight about her mother’s wisdom, her relationship with her family and walking the runway for lingerie brand Victoria's Secret.
Growing up in south Sudan as one of nine children, Wek reveals the challenges of leaving her close-knit family for frequent international modelling assignments and speaks frankly about the destabilising influence of money. However, despite its difficulties she also acknowledges the positivites of her profession: ‘It’s a meaningful career I got to realise for myself, it’s not something that I have to do just because it’s going to pay my bills. It’s way beyond that... I think I showed them that Dinka Dinka women can be beautiful as well,’ she explains.
Wek also discusses working with with American lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret, asserting that ‘I think it’s very important to let women be comfortable in how they feel, to let women own their own sexuality instead of telling them how to be.’
Watch the exclusive interview now and explore the rest of the Subjective series, including more stories from Wek on creating iconic images with Herb Ritts, David LaChapelle and our very own Nick Knight.