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Ataui Deng

Born in Khartoum, Sudan on November 3rd 1991, Ataui Deng is a Sudanese American model who has been a popular fixture on the fashion industry circuit since her debut in 2008. Deng stands 5’10’’ in height, has black hair, brown eyes and measures 32 bust, 23 waist and 34 hips with a size 9.5 shoe and size 2 dress.

Born in Sudan, Deng and her parents escaped the country’s civil war and relocated to San Antonio, Texas in 2004 when she was twelve years old [1]. In the United States her modeling talent and potential was spotted and began to blossom, and four years later at the age of sixteen, Deng was signed by the Trump modeling agency and once again relocated, this time to the American fashion center of New York City.

Deng made her debut as a runway model in September of 2008 as part of the Spring Shows for Jeremy Laing, Zac Posen, L’Wren Scott, Kai Kuhna and Proenza Schouler. During this seasonal run, she was also filmed by Jeremy Kost and featured in an accompanying article for New York magazine. With a keen mind for attaining a full education, Deng missed the European fashion weeks of 2008 in order to return to San Antonio to complete her high school education in Texas.

During the remainder of her teen modeling years, Deng appeared several times on the pages of Teen Vogue, and at the age of eighteen become rather unfortunately known for an infamous fall on the runway for a z Spoke by Zac Posen show.

Together with Alex Wek and Ajak Deng, Ataui Deng has come to be regarded with the two other models as something of a well regarded triumvirate of ethnic Dinka models. Further highlights of Deng’s career to date include featuring on the cover of Lurve magazine, featuring in editorials for V, Harper’s Bazaar and Dazed & Confused, and walking in runway engagements for Malandrino, Sophie Theallet, Rosa Cha, Lanvin, Hermes and Christian Dior. [2]

In 2014, Deng’s name become known outside of the fashion world when it was relayed in national news that she had been reported missing. In a case of events that is still somewhat shrouded in mystery, Deng was found ten days later receiving care at a hospital in New York on August 18th. [3]


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