The stunning Alek Wek graces the latest cover of Vogue Netherlands. Lensed by Sean Thomas, Wek features in a diverse set of images, featuring black and whites and informal collage arrangements.
Wek wears a series of looks ranging from moody and dramatic pieces by Ann Demeulemeester, Y/Project, and Saint Laurent, to classic looks by Chanel and Max Mara. Linda Gumus Gerritsen serves as fashion director with Louise Ford on styling. The looks are rounded out with hair by Vi Sapyyapy and makeup by Thierry Do Nascimento.
With a career spanning over three decades, Alek Wek has effectively modeled and walked for every major known fashion client. Her illustrious and long running career has also seen major shifts in overall diversity in fashion in regards to opportunities for black models, especially those with darker skin.
Wek, who has often been considered an unusual beauty, has remained outspoken about changing beauty standards in fashion. Speaking to W Magazine, last year, she had this to say:
“I think fashion has come a very long way. I can see a beautiful range of diversity now, of people of color. But I think we’re very insecure, people in fashion, and we mustn’t forget that we are ever-evolving and that more people have to be given a chance. Because fashion is so powerful as a platform, and we can use it to shed light on important issues.”