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Ajak Deng Is Black Girl Magic on the Cover of L'Officiel Thailand

The Sudanese model has risen to the top rungs of the fashion industry, and she's only getting started.
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Ajak Deng is pretty much the definition of black girl magic—so naturally, L'Officiel Thailand selected her to convey the beauty of womanhood and the ideas that invite readers to discuss the status of women today. This is reflected in the cover story of this tough young model who has to overcome many of life's hurdles and became a top model. 

Deng is Sudanese and grew up in the civil war in South Africa. Her brothers and sisters lived in refugee camps in Kenya for more than three years, and her mother eventually succumbed to malaria. The model even dreamed of taking part in the war when she was only 11 years old. Fortunately, she moved to Melbourne in 2005 and quickly began her career as a model. Before she knew it she was walking in Melbourne Fashion Week and was signed by IMG Models. 

Her career has skyrocketed ever since; she's worked for United Colors of Benetton, Topshop, MAC Cosmetics, Louis Vuitton, Banana Republic, Kenzo, Levi's, Kate Spade, along with the likes of Givenchy, Lanvin, Chloe, Jean Paul Gaultier and Valentino. 

Today, Deng is considered a top model and is currently ranked as number 44 on models.com. Watch the behind the scenes video from the cover shoot below. 

 

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