Alek Wek was born on April 16, 1977 in Wau in Sudan (now South Sudan), in a two-bedroom house without electricity or running water, and is the seventh of nine children. Her mother Akuol (b. 1946) was a housewife, and her father Athian (1933–1985) was an education official. She is a British model and designer who fled to Britain in 1991 to escape the civil war in Sudan.
Alek enrolled in London’s College of Fashion with a concentration in Fashion Business and Technology. She was discovered at an outdoor market in 1995 in Crystal Palace, London by a Models 1 scout. As a designer, she designs a range of designer handbags called “Wek 1933” which refers to the year her father was born. She’s not yet married as of time of publishing this article.