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Waris Dirie and her son ................................................ Waris Dirie is a Somali model, author, actress and human rights activist. At the age of thirteen, she fled her family in order to escape an arranged marriage to a much older man. In London, she became a supermodel. In 1997, Waris abandoned her modeling career to focus on her work against female circumcision. That same year, she was appointed UN Special Ambassador for the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation.


Fatima Siad is a Somali-Ethiopian fashion model. Raised in Boston, Massachusetts, she placed third on America's Next Top Model, Cycle 10.

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Cover photo of Waris Dirie in Desert Flower. Waris Dirie is a former Somali model, human rights activist an author of the bestselling books “Desert Flower”, “Desert Dawn”, “Desert Children”, “Letter to your mother” and her latest book “Black woman, white country”. She has received nuerous awards for her work as a human rights activist.