Inspirational Quotes from Alek Wek

The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.

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True beauty is born through our actions and aspirations and in the kindness we offer to others.

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Don’t focus on negative things; focus on the positive, and you will flourish.

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The beauty of reading is that it lets you travel in a way you could never know.

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We survived on natural resources, so we should take care of the earth. When I leave home, I do things like switching off the heat and lights.

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When I started, I’d hear other people saying, ‘God, she’s so bizarre-looking,’ because I didn’t look like the girl next door. But I was just normal. I was the girl next door. There were people in high fashion I could better relate to who were doing something more interesting and not talking this sort of rubbish.

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I meet and talk to women from every corner of this planet, and I can find beauty in each and every one of them.

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Beauty is subjective and should not be limited to only what we see on the outside.

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I think beauty is not just about what we put on our heads or on our faces or what we wear: it’s deeper than that, and if we can celebrate that, celebrate the women, not just the superficiality… I think it would be really gorgeous.

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You’ve got to make yourself happy. I’m a happy person naturally.

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Everything has to do with education: If you educate the girls, you educate the family, the community, and society, in general.

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When I started modeling, it was like, ‘Oh, she’s too dark,’ and I kind of looked at them like, ‘You’re too daft.’

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Whenever I feel I am going through my own ‘little’ challenging moment, I just think about my mom.

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I’ve always loved to paint – I was studying to do an art degree when I was approached to become a model – and I’ve being doing some design work as well. I also love just having a quiet time, sitting in my little library at home in Brooklyn and reading or watching documentaries or listening to music.

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When I was growing up, my mother taught me and my sisters to celebrate each other – there was no room in our household for negativity. She taught us to embrace each other, and this was empowering for us. She also taught us the value of celebrating our differences.

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When my friends talk about childhood, I’ve never heard of any cartoons or TV they remember. The only thing we share is Michael Jackson. That’s how far his music travelled – to a remote village on the other side of the world.

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Education is the key to the future.

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When I was a girl, civil war in Sudan forced me to flee my home town of Wau.

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I don’t even know where to start in terms of people having such an issue about color, especially being dark. I just think on different levels it’s ignorance; it’s no belief, no confidence, it’s insecurity, so you want to inflict it on somebody else.

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My commitment to refugees comes from a very personal place.

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I grew up in a small town in Sudan. There weren’t many cars, so we did things in the countryside near where we lived.

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I don’t understand when people are being greedy or mean, when they say who should get what, when they get control of someone else’s life.

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When I first started modeling, I realised I was very different from many of my colleagues, but I welcomed the opportunities my career in fashion offered me and the support from many inspiring individuals in the fashion industry.

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I’ve seen mothers and children really being vulnerable in the refugee camps; it’s supposed to be temporary, but they end up having children who have grown up in refugee camps.

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Starting modeling in the ’90s, it was quite surreal. They were like, ‘You’re so different! So weird! So bizarre!’ And I’m like, ‘I’m so normal. What are you talking about?’

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I have short hair. It doesn’t make me more unattractive than a woman or my sisters that have more longer hair and a bit lighter.

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I was working part-time as a cleaner while I was going to college and then babysitting after school.

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I like unique little boutique hotels, such as Blakes in London.

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I think the fashion industry has gotten to a place where it is embarrassing.

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When I think of ‘Instagram models,’ I say you have to take baby steps. You cannot just walk straight onto the runway.

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When I was working, there was no digital. We actually worked; we used Polaroids.

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There was no concept of fashion and catwalk shows where I came from.

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I’m an artist at heart.

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Black girls, I feel, rock, in so many ways, especially coming from five girls.

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My mother always has embedded in us that you guys rock in different ways, and to be able to celebrate that with each other is just beautiful.

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You could fancy what you’d like, but as a woman, my mother always raised us to believe in ourselves. I am very grateful that my mother brought me up that way.

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It’s an awful feeling, being hungry.

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Restaurants serve huge portions on even huger platters, and people are tempted to eat too much.

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Many live to eat, instead of the other way around.

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In restaurants in my Brooklyn neighborhood, I always ask for a doggie bag to bring the leftovers home.

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I’ve eight brothers and sisters – five girls, four boys. I am the seventh.

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I like to accept it all, the negative and the positive.

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I am not really into buying a lot of expensive things.

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When you give, you receive.

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It’s a small world when you’re from South Sudan.

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London is like my second home. I’ve still got friends there from school and from when I first started in the modelling business – people such as Karen Elson, Jasmine Guinness, Jade Parfitt.

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I grew up in southern Sudan, one of nine children. Our life was simple but very happy.

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War tore my family apart.

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There’s one thing we all share: We eat to nurture ourselves, to feel stronger.

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We eat to live.

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I love cooking. I love having friends around.

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There are tons of black girls modeling, and each one is special.

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