*****UPDATE: NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A model has been found, 12 days after she was last seen leaving a Hell’s Kitchen nightclub. Ataui-Deng Hopkins, 22, was found Monday night at an area hospital, police said. Family and friends she is okay and they are on the way to visit her at the hospital. - Thank you to all the amazing followers and fellow tumblrs for spreading the word.
*ALERT: 22 year old Sudanese model has been missing for almost 2 weeks.
Full name Ataui Deng Hopkins (niece of Alek Wek)
Lives on Essex Street on the Lower East Side (NY)
Last seen on August 6th around midnight, exiting a night club in the vicinity of 251 West 48th Street in Manhattan. The Village Voice reports. Friends claim they saw Deng at a nightclub The Attic in Hell’s Kitchen where she was attending an event.)
Police describes her as 6’1” - 110lbs - black hair - dark complexion - slim build
“I was born in South Sudan during their second civil war. There was lots of discrimination against us, the darker-skinned people. There was genocide and slavery. When I was five, our home was attacked. My mom said, ‘We’re going to leave and I’m taking you girls.’ I had over 20 sisters and brothers. Now, it was just me, my mom, and my two sisters in Egypt. I had to become the second mom to my younger sisters. I took them to school at the age of eight by myself. The Egyptians teased us because we were the dark people. On the bus, they made us get up from out seats so that they could sit down. When we got off, they would throw things from the window and spit on us. Every single day was a battle. When we got our sponsorship to America, we first lived in the projects. There was drugs, prostitution, and crazy things happening in our building all of the time. It opened our eyes that there’s not only problems in our country, there’s problem all over the world…. When we moved to San Diego, I was made to feel so bad about the darkness of my skin that I thought about bleaching it. When I got into the modeling industry that changed completely. Now, my dark skin was fabulous. While modeling, I realized that the people were caught up in a superficial world that doesn’t matter. Basically, every Sudanese girl has to look like Alek Wek and every black girl has to look like Chanel Iman. I needed to stand up, and I stood up: 'Mari Malek will be seen! Fuck everybody who thinks I should suppress my identity. Fuck everybody who thinks I need to dumb down my art. No, I’m gonna go off!’ We are in a world where we have been taught and conditioned to be fearful. It’s time for us to stop thinking that you and I are a totally different person. Yes, you are my problem – we are all human: we bleed the same, we’re born the same, and we die the same. It’s time for the world to look at one another not as a black race or a white race but as human race."
– Marie Malek in our new episode of the What’s Underneath Project!