HW Pick: Alek Wek Works, From Fashion To Foundation

What a great article in W Magazine as they report on the supermodel Alek Wek who at the age of 14, fled South Sudan for the U.K., she discovered two things about herself: She had the body of a supermodel (“I’m five-eleven, and my freaking limbs!”), and more importantly, she had a voice.

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“From the day I got to London, I knew I had to speak for families who were less lucky than I was,” she says. For more than 15 years, Wek has been working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with a focus on education, women’s rights, and clean water in her native country. She plans to start her own foundation, Alek Wek Works. “Food, shelter, water—you can’t comprehend how simple things can mean so much,” she says. “My Christmas wish is for people to be more engaged and give so much more.”

Photo credit: 1) Alek Wek wears a Rosetta Getty dress; Céline earrings. 2 ) Clement Pascal, Styled by Sam Walker, Hair by Evanie Frausto at Susan Price, Makeup by Ellen Guhin at See Management. photography Assistant: Shawn McCarney. 3) Organic by John Patrick slip dress, $120, organicbyjohnpatrick.com. 4) Feed pouch, $35, feedprojects.com. 5) Sidney Garber earrings, $6,500, sidneygarber.com. 6) Le Monde Beryl x Mola Sasa shoes, $380, modaoperandi.com. 7) Astier de Villatte fragrance, $165, astierdevillatte.com. 8) Hunting Season for Carolina Herrera bag, $975, modaoperandi.com.Josephine Schiele, Styled by John Olson for Halley Resources.

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