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Alek Wek Covers ELLE South Africa+Chanel Iman Gets Sparkly BFFs+Erykah Badu's Album Cover

Supermodel Alek Wek is gracing the 14th Anniversary April issue of ELLE South Africa.  And looking fabulous while doing so.   The mag states that the Sudanese model is sharing her incredible journey from fleeing bullets in Sudan to conquering the catwalks and New York...

And speaking of models, Chanel Iman was spotted in Jason of Beverly Hills office buying a pair of diamond studs last night.   She tweeted: “@itsmechaneliman Bought some really hot earrings today from @JasonofBH !!! As they say DIAMONDS ARE A GIRLS BEST FRIEND !!! BALLIN” Looks like that model money is indeed treating her right. More when you read the rest...

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Erykah Badu's new artwork for her NEW AMERYKAH PART TWO: RETURN OF THE ANKH is here. The LP drops March 30th. And here's the uber detailed explanation of the artwork via her press release: The cover art for NEW AMERYKAH PART TWO is a collaboration between ERYKAH BADU and famed artist and poster designer EMEK, who also designed the inspired packaging for 2008’s New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War. The new album cover depicts an underwater image of BADU wearing a suit of armor that symbolizes the tough exterior she developed to protect herself from the harsh realities of life. The armor is her old shell and now she’s liberating herself from it by climbing out of her own head so that she can be reborn. Her tuning fork is summoning the vibrations of the universe and the purple-colored tree of life and purple sky represent the 7th Chakra—the Crown Chakra right above her third eye shield, which represents peace, wisdom, and spirituality. The numerical theme of three is symbolized by three moons, three hidden babies, three trees, and three ankhs. Closer inspection reveals that BADU’s shoulders are surrounded by many of the same objects that filled her abstract afro on the cover of New Amerykah Part One, including handcuffs, a foreclosed home, fast food, cigarettes, broken chains, and a military tank. Here, those items represent refuse and rubble from which new life grows into a vibrant garden of colorful flowers blossoming all around her. Erykah says about the album: “With Part One, I was standing at an apex, looking at what was going on around me politically, socially, and economically,” BADU explains. “With PART TWO, I’m hovering over me, looking at what’s going on inside of me.” Can't wait.

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LOL @ SickWitIt "a lot of

LOL @ SickWitIt "a lot of lyin goin on in this post"
Jay's picture

Its not self hate to not find

Its not self hate to not find Alek gorgeous. To each his/her own. IMO she is not gorgeous. She is modelesque and cute. It has nothing to do with societies standards of beauty but MY personal tastes. Some find Halle Berry fly while the next person find ALek Wek fly. AND?? Furthermore is Alek was a regular caramel tone woman I wonder if she would be a supermodel. Some of us are color struck but many of us are not. We simply have an opinion. There is truth in the statement that many of us are so effed up mentally we cant wait to call out a dark woman as for being beautiful. Its almost as if we are reaching to validate that black is beautiful. We come in many hues and each of us is gorgeous to someone. Period.
Jay's picture

Alec book was amazing...

Alec book was amazing... She's a beautiful person
*blank stare*'s picture

@Nappy Hair Tar Baby aka Coal

@Nappy Hair Tar Baby aka Coal Black African formerly known as African Girl "I love the fact that Alek Wek went into the fashion industry being herself. She didn’t succumb to industry standards" ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; THE ONLY THING SHE COULD HAVE DONE TO SUCCUMB TO EUROPEAN STANDARDS IS STRAIGHTEN HER HAIR.
LUCKY's picture

I have seen Chanel Iman on

I have seen Chanel Iman on the runaway and she is not what I would consider pretty or beautiful. She is very bony and wears a ton of makeup on her face.
Nappy Hair Tar Baby aka Coal Black African formerly known as's picture

I love my girl Alek Wek. I

I love my girl Alek Wek. I think she's simply gorgeous! I bought the US Elle magazine when she was on the cover and I still have it.
Nappy Hair Tar Baby aka Coal Black African formerly known as's picture

I am so sick and tired of

I am so sick and tired of having to explain to people that Alek Wek is beautiful! Just cos she's dark that don't make her ugly! For once the fashion industry has done right and made a beautiful dark skinned lady a supermodel, say what you want but her dark a$$ do high fashion not in some rappers video
lamb dahling's picture

Do Alec have a child i saw

Do Alec have a child i saw someone a long time ago that looked like her and they had a little girl that looked like the woman i saw? She was on Tyra's show one time and Alec mentioned that her brothers liked Tyra. The Wek boys have good taste, lol! I like Chanel's shoes but it's hard to find a nice pair of flats. Someone please make some nice and affordable flats.
Princess MiMi-The World's Greatest's picture

Love it all!

Love it all!
Tiffany's picture

I not gonna lie, alek wek

I not gonna lie, alek wek does not have an attractive face to me. I've seen beautiful african women who did not fit mainstream beauty standards, but Alek is not one of them. it's not because she's dark or because she has a big nose or because she has short hair. to us she's different looking and it's interesting. she does have some nice features in the face and her body is lovely, but the way her facial features fit together just isn't gorgeous to some people. not self hate and I don't dislike her. just speaking up for those black people who happen to not find her pretty. natalia vodianova is also unattractive, but if a black person says that then nobody cares. if a black person says alek is unattractive people freak out.
aiych's picture

I AM WHITE AND I SEE A

I AM WHITE AND I SEE A SERIOUS HATE ISSUE ! IF IT'S AN ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE , GABBY S. SHE IS AWFUL BECUASE SHE'S FAT..NOW WE HAVE ALEX WEK SHE IS AWFUL BECAUSE SHE IS ? IS SHE FAT NO 900 EXCUSE TO HATE ON HER BECAUSE SHE IS DARK SKINNED --AND IT'S THE SAME THING IN FASHION GAY MEN CREATE FASHION WHO HATE WOMEN IN GENERAL .WHITE/BLACK NEVER SEEN A LATINA MODEL VOGUE MODEL..EVER ?
AZV's picture

PEOPLE KEEP TYPING ABOUT HOW

PEOPLE KEEP TYPING ABOUT HOW FLAWLESS HER SKIN IS????? I MEAN HONESTLY, HOW CAN YOU TELL IT'S FLAWLESS????
?????????'s picture

a lot of lyin goin on in this

a lot of lyin goin on in this post...
sickwitit's picture

I'm observing the times of

I'm observing the times of these comments. Do you PPL sleep? LMAO!!! Good day!
Happy Lady's picture

yea that cover is a great

yea that cover is a great picture of Alek prob one of the best i've seen her take (lov those shoes she rockin as well!). most models are tall, gangly, an slightly awkward whether light, dark, black or white. most are bony without hips,ass, or breast with the exception of some of the old guard like Tyra,Cyndi,an few other exceptions. Its all about preference tho. side note: to those voicin the most hate and vitriol? Post up your own pic, at least then we might understand why your so hostile. &p.s. the guy on here who keeps talkin bout his mom probly still lives wit her and is mad that most women (light or dark)aint checkin for him noway.jmo
Vari's picture

I usually don't come back to

I usually don't come back to a post, but had to come back to this one for some reason. It's like a soap opera her - LMAO!!! @ MICHELE - I agree w/ you that Alek is NOT gorgeous, but you're pushing it with your comments especially saying that Gabby Union is ugly? She may not be gorgeous to you, but I don't ugly should be the adjective to describe her. I think she's VERY attractive. You are entitled to your opinion though. I see plenty of pretty women who are light, medium and dark. It's not the complexion, it's the actual facial features that ppl need to look at. My sister always wanted a straight nose like mine, but her nose is really cute even though it's not as straight as mine. My nose probably wouldn't look good on her face anyway! I don't think I look better than my sister at all. Yes, my features are more classic, big F*ckin deal! I feel she can give me a run for my money any day. She's light skinned and I am brown skinned (Janet Jackson's complexion)and she is threatened by me most of the time! That's siblings for you. :-)
Happy Lady's picture

ALEK WEK'S SKIN IS FLAWLESS.

ALEK WEK'S SKIN IS FLAWLESS. ITS GORGEOUS AND THATS WHY SHE IS A SUPER MODEL. WHITE PEOPLE LOVE AND ADORE HER SKIN COMPLEXION!
BrittBeauty3's picture

None of us are responsible

None of us are responsible for how we came out physically. God gave some ppl light skin, some ppl a wide nose, some ppl big feet, some ppl long fine hair etc....you get my point. All we can do is take the features that he gave us and make the best of them...Alek is fine just how she looks.
cosmanot's picture

that explaination for the

that explaination for the album cover was entirely too much!!! all these Chakras and this means this and that means that... JUST TAKE A DAMN PICTURE BABE!! AND CALL IT A DAY!! sheesh...
JUST SAYING's picture

That's a very, very big,

That's a very, very big, very, very nice ass. >>>>>>>>>>>meetingrich.com
rang's picture

Funny how we praise amber for

Funny how we praise amber for being bold and bald, and some hood rat here calls Alec a "walnut head". Two steps forwards, four steps back.... IMO Alec is simply average. Like most models. Including Chanel. Yeah I said it. She's cute, but forgettable (unless you obsess over every mixed race black person you see). They are picked for their bodies, not looks. But we DO live in a culture where we praise light/mix folks for simple existing. So Allen, you can have your "preferences", but don't be made when folks call house niggas out on it.
BAttitude's picture

Alek is a beautiful woman to

Alek is a beautiful woman to me b'cos she is the embodiment of an African sudannese woman... Strong telling features, physically built for endurance, she is a true blood! She has suffered faming, war and persecution both frm White and black ppl and yet, she is a well mannered woman you never hear of her beating up ppl or acting crazy... 'Naomi please take note' LOL I can understand understand why some ppl think she is ugly, you live in a westernized fish bowl your views are representative of your world, but if you ever went to Africa (trust life is hard, but then again the ppl are stronger) your overview on beauty would change. Chanel is a beautiful young lady. Erikah is coming on strong with the album cover, I hope the album lives up to all the hype!!
Belle de j'our's picture

ALLEN dont u hab a job??!!

ALLEN dont u hab a job??!! let me gess no.. cause no one wants to employ a fool lol..
isaidit's picture

real talk, the ignant ass

real talk, the ignant ass comments were the funniest 2 me. that and the butchering of alec's name lol. i think she's pretty, prettier than chanel iman 4 sure. if the explanation if badu's cover aint sum stoner shit i dont know what is. who is still checkin 4 her tho?!
seaside_heights's picture

Who the hell is Alex? It's

Who the hell is Alex? It's "ALEK" spelled with a K!!!!!
Sure, whatever you say...'s picture

@sparkle point taken

@sparkle point taken lolollolololol!!!!!!!!!!!!!
STOP LYIN!!!!!!!!!'s picture

ALEC, ALEX OR WHATEVER HER

ALEC, ALEX OR WHATEVER HER NAME IS, IS NOT ATTRACTIVE....... NO WAY,SHAPE OR FORM. FOR THOSE WHO ARE SAYING SHE IS GORGEOUS, YOU PEOPLE ARE FAKE AND PHONY.YA'LL KNOW DAYUM WELL THIS WOMAN IS NOT CUTE. IF I WERE TO WAKE UP LOOKING LIKE HER IN THE MORNING......I WOULD JUMP OFF THE BAY BRIDGE AND SOME OF YA'LL WOULD TO....REAL TALK.
NEGROS PLEASE.....'s picture

Lol @ a bunch of people

Lol @ a bunch of people banging on keyboards about Alek being ugly. Her looks have taken her from poverty to the top of the fashion world and a husband who adores her. Where have yours gotten you? Chanel is adorable.
sparkle's picture

Im sorry but yall know her

Im sorry but yall know her ass is ugly it has nothing to do with skin color that heffa just crawled out of a tent in the middle of Africa lol!!!!!a hot mess wit dat lil walnut head yall know she ugly its ok admit it..
STOP LYIN!!!!!!!!!'s picture

and, you all are right, if

and, you all are right, if that's how you feel. how can someone get mad about your feelings towards something..... get over it. it's gonna be ok. and, i think she's cute and i'm a dark skinned hottie!!
ms-indy'...polis's picture

i laugh at all of you.....

i laugh at all of you..... opinions are like a$$holes......everybody has one. and who cares anyway? i'm sure she could care less.... one more thing, that's what makes her markertable, everybody talking about her and..... it's supposed to be like that. that's when you know you have accomplished something.... when there is much debate about you. just my opinion!
ms-indy'...polis's picture

aye this Allen dude gotta be

aye this Allen dude gotta be gay lmfao on here bickerin with women you need to be kicked in yo ass ol gay ass go watch some football and get off these damn blogs
fly_guy's picture

@BelleBella sorry but

@BelleBella sorry but Michelle Obama is ugly. She looks like a ape or a lil monkey or something. All the other women you named are beautiful though.
Allen's picture

@ Allen I can understand

@ Allen I can understand that. Shoo'd I don't think Alek is GORGEOUS...purple, black, or white. She just ain't. and I have a darker complexion. Now Gabrielle Union, Garcelle Beauvais, Tatyanna Ali, and our first Lady MICHELLE OBAMA are pretty darker skinned woman. They not the darkest but they aint light brights either.
BelleBellaBeautifulBonita's picture

@MICHELE, YOU ARE IGNORANT.

@MICHELE, YOU ARE IGNORANT. GABRIEL UNION LOOKS TEN TIMES BETTER THAN RIHANNA. RIHANNA HAS A HUGE HEAD AND WIDE NOSE. LIGHT SKIN IS NOT ALWAYS PRETTIER. I PERSONALLY THINK THAT DARK SKIN IS PRETTIER, BUT I DONT PUT DOWN LIGHT SKIN WOMEN. I LOOK AT BEAUTY PERIOD DESPITE SKIN COLOR.
BrittBeauty3's picture

wooooooow @ the comments...

wooooooow @ the comments... Alec has a nice shape, but does not blow me away with her features...nor does Rhinna....
sparkle's picture

Damn she got a big ass head!!

Damn she got a big ass head!! or her body makes it look that way!
**B** aka WHO DAT!'s picture

Thank you!@

Thank you!@ whitney101....Case closed on that one. -A
ïcha's picture

She's black as hell, that's

She's black as hell, that's not cute. Do you think white guys like extremely pale white girls? No, being to pale is seen as unattractive to white people. Trying to make me feel guilty, calling me a self-hater is not going to change my opinion, she's ugly
Allen's picture

I am African and although i

I am African and although i am light skinned (because i have Portuguese ancestors) i can tell you why Alek is considered beautiful. She may not have the long hair, thin pointy nose or the light skin. However, this woman has the authenticity of a true African from features to skin tone. Some of you deny that it wasn't her colour that determined your judgement, but the truth is if she was light skinned you wouldn't be concerned because Rihanna has the same height and the same features (especially nose and forehead) as this woman....(OBSERVE THEM BOTH CAREFULLY)
whitney101's picture

@Nope yeah right, Chris Brown

@Nope yeah right, Chris Brown would look so good as an African Dark male. GTFOH dark skinned women like light skinned men but they can't handle when dudes think light skinned women are attractive.
Allen's picture

I NEVER comment on the

I NEVER comment on the complexion thing but I have to say that Nope Nope and Path's comments are pretty good. Well-thought, intelligent, and accurate.
Tanda's picture

Since some people think she

Since some people think she is beautiful list why. I don't see anything attractive she looks like a raisin.
Michele's picture

Alek Wek is hideous! Good

Alek Wek is hideous! Good lord she is a model? First off you cant even see her features shes so fucking black! UGH! Gross she isn't even black shes fucking purple! Not anywhere near attractive! Stop the bullshit! @I know my path, not yours! - You must be blind! Half of those people listed are gorgeous! And you forgot to list the other light skinned people who are gorgeous! Lets face it lighter skinned people are 9 times out of 10 better looking then darker people. Black people need to get the fuck over it with the hate towards white and light skinned people. Because I bet if your ugly black nigga asses had a choice youd choose to rather look like Alicia Keys or Rihanna then Gabrielle Ugly Ass Union.
Michele's picture

another thing! I love it when

another thing! I love it when darker sisters body and style is on point, because she makes all the ligther women feel uncomfotable.I worked at a beauty salon while in college, and whenever a bad dark batch walked in he salon, you could feel the hate in the air. It's not the color of your skin, it's your physical features and how you carry yourself.
I know my path, not yours!'s picture

@I know my path, not yours!,

@I know my path, not yours!, man a. keys do look ehhhhhh witout makeup......but makeup does work wonders. and that's on anybody ugly or beautiful! lol
BlackBerry's picture

You know it's not what you

You know it's not what you say about a person, it's how you say it. If you say it in a funky way, people will respond funky. There is always a way of doing things and since it's 2010 we can do better. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND EVERYONE!
kimwoo's picture

awwwe man, posts by @nope

awwwe man, posts by @nope nope on this had me rolling!!! but for real though, shout out to whoever said beauty is in the eye of the beholder, cause that shit is true. i'm not funna lie, wen i first saw alek wek, i was man, she ugly....but that's some pics, and it had nutn to do wit skin colour or anythng--it's just how you take pictures and how photogenic you are. but other than that, she got gorgeous EVEN dark skin (somethng i envy, cause my dark skin ain't that evn)!! and as for lil wayne, i guess i'm the only one who would find him attractive still (aside frm his whorish and poppng out too many kids , AND havng tats all over his body). i grew up listening and seeing buddy on tv, and frankly wen he was wit cash money he was the ONLY attractive n*gga there, so i guess it just stayed wit me. IDK, but SHOUT OUT TO THE PERSON WHO SAID BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER--cause you ain't neva lie.
BlackBerry's picture

If Alicia keys bokee eyed and

If Alicia keys bokee eyed and thin liped self was on the cover you would scream how great she looks, but in reality the chick is average. Alek is pure AFRICAN! that means her blood hasn't been tainted by no other race. She also comes Sudan where blacks have certain phsical features. I think she looks like her native people, and that's a beautiful thing. Keep on believeing that only latina and light women look good, you will fall into the trap that they set up even before westernized slavery. Grow up ladies! my mother is dark and my father is mixed, I grew up thinking that darker women were the TRUTH! stronger skin, hair, and beautiful features. I may be light, but I have never been crazy about it like so many other black people.I have alist of ugly ass light skined women and here it goes Tiny- she looks like a pig Drake-he looks handicaped beyonces's mother- aged badly and her voice s manly Solange- just a regular looking chick swizz beatz-only a nose a mother could love Alicia keys- her face looks like she had a stroke. Eddie murphy's ex wife- looks like a tranny with pretty eyes. She should try out for rupauls drag race Rihanna- borderline ugly! she always looks mad or like a lion Amber rose-she looks old and she has cheeks like a chimp monk. Lil wayne baby mama(the ones who sings)- her face is all types of wrong! vanessa williams- aged badly! Lenny kravitz ex wife from the bill cosby show-aged like a old crow that light skin chick from a different world-aged like a old jewish woman There are more, but I'm tired of typing
I know my path, not yours!'s picture

posted by Nope Nope @Allen,

posted by Nope Nope @Allen, congratulations on having a light skinned mother. Another round of applause… So now we’re giving sympathy credit to dark skinned women so they can feel better about themselves? A: What makes you think they give 2 shits? B: Just because YOU don’t think she’s beautiful doesn’t mean that the people on here that think she IS are saying so because its PC. The chic is Bad Ass, period. She’s been a SUPER model way before you started doing extra work on Yung Berg’s videos. BEAUTIFUL=BEAUTIFUL UGLY=YOUR ATTITUDE and PS, Lil Wayne is ugly…but then so is DRAKE mauve colored ass. (AND, Chanel is gorgeous too!) ----------------------------------------------- awwwe man, this had me rolling!!! but for real though, shout out to whoever said beauty is in the eye of the beholder, cause that shit is true. i'm not funna lie, wen i first saw alek wek, i was man, she ugly....but that's some pics, and it had nutn to do wit skin colour or anythng--it's just how you take pictures and how photogenic you are. but other than that, she got gorgeous EVEN dark skin (somethng i envy, cause my dark skin ain't that evn)!! and as for lil wayne, i guess i'm the only one who would find him attractive still (aside frm his whorish and poppng out too many kids , AND havng tats all over his body). i grew up listening and seeing buddy on tv, and frankly wen he was wit cash money he was the ONLY attractive n*gga there, so i guess it just stayed wit me. IDK, but SHOUT OUT TO THE PERSON WHO SAID BEAUTY IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER--cause you ain't neva lie.
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