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Title   Alek : The Extraordinary Life of a Sudanese Refugee 

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Author   WEK A  ISBN   9781844084432  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   Virago  Group   Gen Non-F View shopping cart
Binding   Paperback Category   Biography  Terms and conditions
Edition   1/09 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2009 
Subject   Autobiography: arts & entertainment 
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Synopsis Alek Wek grew up in the Sudan in the midst of the vicious civil war. Now, at age 28, she is one of the most sought-after supermodels in the world, and has single-handedly changed the traditional concept of what is beautiful in the West. As model, refugee activist and businesswoman she is an inspiration - and this remarkable real-life story sheds light on her journey from Dinka clan roots in war-torn Sudan to a new beginnings in Brooklyn. Born the seventh of nine siblings, on her escape to London at the age of fourteen she had already lived through violence, genocide and forced migration in her homeland. Alek Wek's poignant, powerful memoir gives an unforgettable insight into her rise to fame as a supermodel with a conscience, who balances cover shoots for glossy magazines (she was named Model of The Decade by i-D magazine) with political activism (working with Doctors Without Borders and the U.S. Committee for Refugees Advisory Council) and a dedication to refocus the world's attention on those she left behind in the Sudan.

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