By Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
From being born in Sudan, to being raised in Australia and now living in New York, top model Ajak Deng broke into the modelling world about some decades ago, after been scouted while still in secondary school.
She made limelight at her debut runway experience at Melbourne Fashion week and since then it’s been a life changing experience for her. She’s walked the run way for the likes of Givenchy, Louis Vuitton and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Growing up was no silver spoon, as her family was a part of the victim to the civil war in South Sudan which led them to flee to a refugee camp in Kenya in which they spent three years. Sadly she lost her mother to malaria attack, and the Australian government moved her family out to Melbourne when she was 11 years old, and that was the beginning of her runway journey.
Although given her sculpted physique, stunning skin tone and striking features, you’d think a career in modelling was predestined for her, however her initial dream was to fight in the army.
Speaking to The Sydney Morning Herald about becoming a model, Ajak said:
“I wanted to join the army but my teachers at Kurunjang secondary College told me no, that it wouldn’t be for me. They knew I loved to travel and had a thing for Fashion and suggested modelling, and since them I haven’t looked back.”
Ajak is very hard not to spot out, you may probably have noticed her in a magazine editorial or structing the runway during fashion week. Despite this, as per usual in any industry, her race poses a problem as she doesn’t get booked as much as other white models do.
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To protest this, in February 2016, the model announced in a now deleted Instagram saying:
“I am happy to announce that I am officially done with the fashion industry, I will be moving back to Australia in order to live the life that I fully deserved, which is real life. I can no longer deal with the fakes and the lies… My life is too short for this dramatic life.”
Our thoughts on this is that “We need more models like this shaking the table so that black models get their coins for their good and hard work!!”
Image credit: Instagram /@_ajak_deng.
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