Looking at Ajak, one would never question why she is taking the modeling world by storm. Towering at 6 feet tall, with legs and arms “for days”, this Sudanese beauty has become a favorite of designer Jason Wu and has scored major campaigns with United colors of Benetton, Top shop and Calvin Klein. But behind this stunning models success is a story of pain, fate and ultimately inspiration.
Ajak Deng, South Sudanese Dinka born supermodel
Ajak Deng was born in South Sudan in December 7,1989. She was forced to flee from her native country in 2002 with her family at the tender age of 12. The Sudanese war -the reason for their fleeing- gripped the country from 1983 to 2005, leaving roughly 2 million dead and displacing hundreds of thousands more.
Ajak Deng, South Sudan`s pride
Ajak and her family were part of the “lucky” few that were able to find safety in a Kenyan refugee camp. But as is often the case in refugee camps due to the lack of resources, aid and medical attention; her mother contracted Malaria and died soon after.
Leaving Ajak’s father to care for her and her seven siblings on his own. Finding a way to immigrate to Australia, Ajak and her family received refugee status. Giving them hope as they moved into a new chapter in their life; Ajak had the opportunity to resume her education and eventually enter the modeling industry that would change her life, and the life of her family…forever (Ajak_Vogue-Black)
Dinka girl, Ajak Deng
Beautiful Dinka girl, supermodel Ajak Deng