The title is quite fitting as world reknown SUPERmodel Alek Wek is the aunt of Ataui Deng (gorgeous name), one of the most talked about fresh up-and-comers in the industry. Having walked for hot ticket designers like Proenza Schouler, Jeremy Laing, and Zac Posen for the Spring 2009 season in New York, Ataui quickly caught the eyes of the industry giants including the likes of Steven Miesel. This kind of attention would put pressure on the 18 year-old Sudanese immigrant, but having family in the industry can only strengthen her backbone to handle it accordngly. Having witnessed her performance on the runway and photos to-date, Deng will hopefully continue the legacy of showing the industry (Are you listening Miuccia?) that black is f**king beautiful, left by colored women such as Alek.
P.S. Her legs (or stilts as some would say) go on for days… *sigh*
Here’s a collection of runway photos, beauty shots, and backstage pictures of the Next Wek.