From The BVX — Ajak has never met Alek Wek (although she’d love to) but she may be following in her footsteps. In the Fall of 2010, Ajak was the first black model to walk for Chloe in nine years, and since then she’s worked for some of the biggest names in fashion.

Things didn’t necessarily start with a huge bang for Ajak, nor did she begin her career by appearing in a Tina Turner video like her fellow Sudanese model Wek.

Instead, for Spring 2010 Fashion Week Ajak walked for mostly small local New York designers like Brian Reyes and Sophie Theallet. But come Fall 2010 she was walking for Isaac Mizrahi and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Followed by an even more successful Paris Fashion Week, walking for the likes of Givenchy, Lanvin and Paul Gaultier, just to name a few.

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  • ClearAsDay

    Ajak is very beautiful. I have been google stalking her for a few months now.

  • Akai*

    Maybe Ajak Deng and Alek Wek are being compared simply because they’ve the same skin tone and they’re both Sudanese, 5’11”, have very short hair and extremely long and thin legs. And, to be honest, there are shots of Ajak where she looks a bit like Alek.

    It seems it is OK to not find Fergie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Griffin, Conan O’Brien or other pale or red-headed individuals attractive…yet viewed as a wicked sin to not find Ajak, Alek and every extremely dark or African individual attractive. …but that is straight up PC nonsense and hypocrisy that I just don’t do!

    Taking a couple of steps in other shoes can be helpful in ceasing to often position one’s self as a victim, and two groups that have been/are truly underrepresented (and often non-existent) in magazines and on runways and catwalks are Asians and Latinas. There ARE white and black models of various skin tones whose looks run the gamut from exotic to oogly to average to odd to unique to gorgeous etc., and I find it puzzling that there are complaints just as darker models with shorter (unweaved) hair are being given some shine. First the popular (and I think erroneous) complaint was that all the models were mixed or light-skinned; now it’s about uber-dark models looking “exotic” and ‘not like me’.

    This, for sure, gives life to the lines about those who always see the cup as ½ empty and are never satisfied and constantly looking for something to complain about; but I’m glad Ajak, Alek and other women from the continent are making a mark on the fashion scene and pray they’ve much success and make obscene amounts of money.

    The continent is packed with beautiful women of every hue and facial feature and, though sometimes I find it hard to distinguish Dinka females from males by the face (same with other tribes), they both have gorgeous skin and I see beauty in Alek and Ajak.

    I understand that some people find them “ugly” or are incapable of ‘seeing’, recognizing or appreciating their beauty due to looking through ‘western-trained’ eyes — but I don’t feel the need to level charges of “hate” or “self hate” because of it since again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • Kia

    She is simply beautiful! There is no denying that!