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Ajak Deng quits modeling: ‘I can’t deal with the fakes and lies’

Sudanese-Australian beauty Ajak Deng has quit modelling after calling out the industry for “the fakes and the lies”.
The 26-year-old high fashion star is done with life on the catwalk, and took to Instagram on Wednesday (23Feb16) to announce her retirement.
“Put your best foot forward,” Deng wrote. “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. I can no longer deal with the fakes and the lies.
“My life is too short for this dramatic life. I am thankful and grateful for every sweet souls that I have crossed path with (sic).”
This isn’t the first time Deng has taken to social media to express her frustration with the fashion industry. In 2014, she accused bosses at Balmain of racism for allegedly booking her to walk for the luxury fashion house’s Paris Fashion Week show, and then abruptly cutting her.
She tweeted, “This is how it feels when you get kicked out of Balmain for being Black and that their (sic) didn’t invited you. F**k you and f**k you. Balamin (sic). I know a lot of black models would rather kiss someone’s a** then being (sic) honest.”
Deng is originally from South Sudan but fled to Melbourne in 2005 to escape unrest in her country. She was discovered in 2008 and signed to top agency IMG Model Management. Since then, Deng has walked in major shows for top designers such as Givenchy, Lanvin, Valentino, and Jean Paul Gaultier.
Just last week (ends21Feb16), she walked the runway at New York Fashion Week for Zac Posen, Marc Jacobs, and Tome, among others.
Deng has also appeared in campaigns for the likes of Kate Spade, Kenzo, Barneys New York and Gap.

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