An internationally recognised beauty, Alek Wek was born in South Sudan. In 1991, and at the age of 14, she fled her native country to escape civil war. Alek was scouted by a model agent in a London Park four years later, and her modelling career was launched. In 1997, she was named “Model of the Year” by MTV, and became the first African model to appear on the cover of American Elle. She has been actively supporting the United Nations for over a decade was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the UNHCR in 2013.