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Ajak Deng returns to modelling after quitting amid racism

SHE'S BACK: Ajak Deng

ONE WEEK after announcing she had quit modelling over racism in the industry, Ajak Deng has returned to the catwalk and vowed to “fight this war with kindness”.

The 26-year-old, who worked for designers including Dior, Louis Vuitton and Jean Paul Gaultier and starred in campaigns for Topshop and Barneys, said she owed her fans more.

“I was selfish to only think of my self [sic] and forgetting the people that has [sic] always been there for me through the worst times and good times,” the Sudanes-born beauty wrote in an Instagram post. “I feel like I have touched so many young people’s lives, gave them hope.

“Just because I come from NOTHING does not mean that I can’t make something for myself and for that I will still want to continued [sic] to touched [sic] more lives. Yes sure giving up is easier but who will fight the war that we are so in denial about?”

The top model, who was scouted in 2008 in Melbourne, Australia, has made a name for herself as one of the country’s most successful exports.

In a career spanning nearly a decade, the 26-year-old has walked for major designers including Louis Vuitton, Valentino and Jean Paul Gaultier.

In a shock announcement, Deng said her life was “too short” for drama and said she was done with the “fakes and lies”.

She wrote: "I can no longer deal with the fakes and the lies. My life is too short for this dramatic life."

The model added that she planned to move back to Australia to "live the life that I fully deserved. Which is real life".

Deng came to Melbourne, Australia, in 2005, after her family fled Sudan as refugees.
Her mother died of malaria in a refugee camp in Kenya while the family waited to be resettled.

She credited her agent Mina White with encouraging her to return to the industry.

Deng said she “continued to support and still have my back even though I decided to throw it all away after our hard work’ and labelled Ms White her ‘spirit and a guiding angel.”

“I thought giving up was easier but I am going to stay and fight this war with kindness, forgiveness, love and support to all humanity,” she added.

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