Models are typically known for being very attractive, but there are some who stand high above the rest, and one of these young women is Somali-American Fatima Siad. Besides having spectacular bone structure, a wide dazzling smile and bright eyes, the Boston-raised beauty has a depth that goes beyond the physical model standards.
Siad was born to a Somali mother and Ethiopian father in Mogadishu, Somalia. She understands all too well the country’s violent civil war, having lost family members during the unrest in Somalia. She and her mother were able to later escape to the United States for safety and a new life, reflecting “My family is my life and my drive. They are why I work so hard and never give up. I work to take care of them to make their lives a little bit easier in spite of the fact that they live in a war torn country. I was lucky to get out but that does not mean I don’t look back.”
The beautiful model also revealed to the world that she was a victim of female genital cutting when she was seven years old. For that reason, she has taken a public stand on ritual cutting and hopes to make a difference—or as she has stated, to change the ancient cultural practice to make it “less horrendous” for young girls. You can read her emotional essay about FGC here.
Siad was first discovered on the television show America’s Next Top Model. Although, she did not win and placed third, Siad’s star shines brightly as one of the most successful ANTM alumni. She’s always smiling; you can check out her instagram page and witness her stunning work. One of her most recent runway shows was walking for iconic designer Ralph Lauren. She also ran the NYC Marathon on November 5; watch her cross the finish line.