Sudanese model Alek Wek recently spoke out about an issue that has plagued the fashion world for years and continues to wreck havoc in the catwalk community. Coming from a war torn country with a long and tragic history of famine, she has a hard time accommodating the reasons behind anyone wiling starving themselves to maintain a thin frame.

The modeling world can be a cruel awakening to the ugly side of glamour. It’s not all about the designer clothes and exotic locations it’s also substituting a balanced diet with liquor and drugs. Being on a high can relieve the hunger pains which guarantee that you won’t pack on the pounds and your job as jet-setting model is intact.

Wek acknowledges that she is in an enviable position to use her high-profile status to spread the work about hunger in her country and also in the fashion industry even though both cases are vastly different. After attending the Refugee Congress in DC, this past summer, she was humbled by the stories she heard and more determined than ever to give this heart-wrenching issue the kind of attention it deserves. That’s also why she is revolted by the dietary practices of models who have access to food and are surrounded by abundance but prefer to starve.

But at the same time the fashion world is quite unforgiving, and the stipulations are almost unattainable so until the sizes become a little bit more flexible, it’s hard to see this problem eradicated anytime soon.

Hopefully more models like Alek Wek will step up and encourage the industry to re-think their stringent practices and adapt a more realistic forecast.

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  • Shirl

    When you become a model you do so on your LOOKS. I’m entitled to my opinion. I just don’t see it….whatever

    • Timcampi


      That’s not even half correct. Victoria Secret models [and super models] have to be beautiful because A) They are chosen by women to represent women and B) They sell lingerie. Most models look ATYPICAL at best. Hardly beautiful… especially without makeup. A normal runway does not include the beauties we see in the papers.

    • African Mami

      @ Timcampi,

      Girrrrrrrrrrrl, uh uh…..VS supermodels have to be beautiful. Well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, because that Selita Banks is NOT, not even close to beautiful. She is maaaaaaaaad regular to me.

      Shirl does have a point, cruel but nonetheless very pointful (is that even a word?!)

  • minna k.

    i can’t see the comments. ?

  • Shirl

    I guess she is very striking if that means anything. And I totally agree with African Mami. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I’m sure that Ms. Wek is somewhere having a wonderful life while I sit here at my desk wishing I could experience half of the things she has. So I’m sure she cares what I think right.

  • My agent told me to gain or loose weight to be a fashion model. I failed to gain so had to loose weight instead and became miserable. Models out there don’t starve yourself to be thin. You can become a commercial model still grace the covers and be a top model.