Sudanese fashion models reveal their refugee experience

Sudanese models Angok Mayen and George Okeny have overcome countless challenges to achieve their goals and work for the greater good. Here, they lift the veil on their private lives and share their own stories of heartbreak and triumph.

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"The glamour associated with modeling often masks its realities. The hundreds of international beauties gracing the runways each season are, at the end of the day, people with issues, concerns, and histories all their own. When you see Nyasiase walk out at Valentino, all you think about is how well she carries off Pierpaolo Piccioli’s flights of fancy; Okeny, tall and elegantly handsome, simply projects cool at Eckhaus Latta’s eclectic show. Their love for their work is evident in the final product, but they face difficulties unique to their status as refugees: missing out on key bookings due to green card issues, facing discrimination and suspicion when attempting to travel, and hiding their careers from the most important people in their lives."

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Ruth MacGilp is an Edinburgh based blogger, and an activist for all things ethical in the fashion industry, as well as supporting the #shopsmall and #shoplocal movements through her work.
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