Born December 7, 1989, Sudanese-Australian model Ajak Deng has walked for Jean Paul Gaultier, Chloe, Givenchy and Lanvin, in New York and Paris since her Melbourne Spring Fashion Week debut in 2008.
Yet most fans are not aware, Ajak Deng’s story is “as unique as her look”.
At age 12, violence forced Ajak , her mother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters to flee their home in Sudan for a refugee camp in Kenya.
It was there where Ajak’s mother died from malaria, leaving Ajak to take care of her younger sisters and brothers, including a 6 month old baby sister.
In 2005 Ajak and her family managed to immigrated to Australia.
From Melbourne, Australia Deng signed to FRM Model Management and inspired by fellow Sudanese Model Alek Wek, she began building her career as a model.
Ajak Deng would sign to New York’s IMG Modeling agency and walk in New York Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week and work campaigns for Benetton, Topshop, Banana Republic and Nordstrom.
Ajak Deng was also featured in Interview, Arise and V magazines.
Despite having a busy modeling career, Ajak Deng still finds time to study for her Victorian Certificate of Education and hopes to study law.