The Beauty of Alek Wek

Over the last year, I've been working on a book for the New York Times on beauty regimens. The book is based on my Skin Deep beauty column for the paper and it's finally out on stands. Putting it together, I got to speak with so many amazing women. I particularly loved hearing model Alek Wek's mentality on beauty. She said: "When I got into this business, it was the '90s. There wasn't anybody working who has my features—who I could relate to...I made it through the beginning because of what my mother embedded in us. She had nine of us and five are girls. She always said, we have to support each other. 'Together you are stronger. You're beautiful inside and out.'"