There are idiots out there who will tell that a woman of African origin who has extremely dark skin and spectacularly short hair can never be considered attractive. In presenting an argument against that belief, I offer one name and one name only . . . Alek Wek.
Originally from what is now the independent nation of South Sudan, Alek Wek took the modeling world by storm in the 1990s with her unconventional, exotic look - a look that the Daily Mail in Britain called "savage beauty." That raw, honest, and yes, gorgeous look - sometimes accentuated in fashion shows with wild makeup and colorful wigs (she's known for throwing off her wigs in the middle of the runway) - has gotten Alek Wek runway work with numerous fashion houses: Chanel, Moschino, Fendi, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, the all-American Ralph Lauren . . .. This is only a partial list.
Fashion magazine covers? Yes - several! She's appeared in the covers Elle in numerous countries, and she has also appeared on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Glamour, and Ebony.
A former refugee, Ms. Wek has lent her time to advancing for refugee rights and for UNICEF, as well as involving herself in the fight against AIDS.
Alek Wek can't be categorized along with other models. Her beauty puts her in a category by herself. :-)