Top international model Ajak Deng is having a hard time coping with the modelling and fashion industry.
The South Sudanese beauty took to her Insta-stories on Wednesday night to share how stressful life is modeling, expressing suicidal thoughts as she blamed her agency, IMG Models for the emotional abuse. “The people that work with you constantly tell you that you’re a horrible person. If I do commit suicide, know that it’s because of you,” she said.
Growing up was no walk in the park for Ajak. Her family fell victim to the civil war in South Sudan and fled to Kakuma in northern Kenya where they spent three years as refugees. In 2016, she took to Instagram and said she was quitting modeling, only to return to the runway a week later. At the time Deng said she was quitting due to ‘fakes and lies’ in the fashion industry.
“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 I fully deserved. Which is real life,” Deng wrote. “I can no longer deal with the fakes and the lies. My life is too short for this dramatic life.”
Since being discovered in 2008, Deng has walked in runway shows for Dior, Louis Vuitton, Valentino, Marc Jacobs and Jean Paul Gaultier in addition to being featured in many global campaigns.
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