Alek Wek's Autobiography, "Alek", Published in 2007
When we think of supermodel Alek Wek, the first thing that immediately comes to mind is her gorgeous, high-wattage smile. She branded her own unique type of beauty and everything about the way she looks is pitch-perfect: her amazing skin, expressive eyes and the graceful carriage worthy of a principal dancer. She, along with her family, fled her homeland of Sudan during the civil war in 1985. They landed in London, where Wek was discovered in in 1995. Wek became the first African model to cover Elle magazine in 1997, and has walked the runway for just about every major designer. If you haven’t read her aubiography, Alek, you should.
Below is an interview Wek did with Tavis Smiley in which she relays the story of her discovery in London. She is the reason that people are obessed with hearing models talk- her inner beauty just spills out of her and we could listen to her accent all day long.
Alek by Steven Meisel
We talk about how much we love certain models all the time on The Black Market, but there are a scarce few that we were as obsessed with as Guinean/French model Katoucha Niane. One of THE supermodels of the 80’s, Niane was muse to Yves Saint Laurent and had one of the most breathtakingly gorgeous faces (and bodies) to ever grace a runway or magazine. Her shocking death in 2008 by accidental drowning was deeply heartbreaking to those who followed her career. Here are some of our favorite images of her as well as a silent video tribute to her.
Summer 2011 Cover
We are always on the lookout for new magazines, both print and digital, and came across an online publication called Winkler Magazine. Edited by Parisian-based photographer Mario Epanya, Winkler is a showcase for African models and African beauty (Epanya was born in Cameroon). Epanya is also a hair stylist and makeup artist and his appreciation for African models is clearly evident in his work. The summer 2011 issue just launched and we are entranced with the editorial featuring Hollis Wakeema (where has she been?) as well as the tribute to 80’s supermodel Katoucha, who died tragically in a drowning accident in 2008. Most of the copy is written in French, so hopefully, you paid attention in high school French class! You can read the summer issue of Winkler at www.winklermagazine.com.