Model Ajak Deng is completely over "the fakes and the lies" that populate the fashion industry. The Sudanese Australian model is so done with BS, in fact, that she's retiring from the catwalk entirely. Deng shared the news via an Instagram post yesterday with a poignant farewell to fashion.
"I am happy to announce that I am officially done with the fashion industry, I will be moving back to Australia in order to live the life that I fully deserved. Which is real life," Deng wrote. "My life is too short for this dramatic life."
Shortly before Deng's sign-off announcement, her manager, Stephen Bucknall of Aussie agency FRM Model Management, spoke to the Melbourne-based Herald Sun
about the booking challenges in Australia for non-white models. "They'll book the big Caucasian girls, spend the big dollars, and fly them in from L.A., but I'm yet to see them book a dark-skinned girl in that way," Bucknell told the publication
Deng has appeared in campaigns for the likes of Barneys New York, Gap, Marc Jacobs, Kenzo, and Kate Spade. She's walked in shows for tony names including Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Louis Vuitton, and Lanvin. Born in Sudan, the model and her family fled the country in 2005 for Australia, and Deng was raised in Melbourne (her mother passed away from malaria in a refugee camp in Kenya, before the family made it to Australia).