Fatima Said: Beyond America's Next Top Model

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She caught our attention as one of the contestants on America's Next Top Model Cycle 10. Fatima Said might not have won competition, but she definitely is a Top Model.
Fatima Siad is currently signed with New York Model Management in New York City under the editorial division, L.A. Model Management in Los Angeles placed in the women's division, Oui Management in Paris, France, Ace Models in Athens, Greece, and Ice Models in Milan, Italy, as well as with Munich Models In Munich.

Fatima born in Mogadishu, Somalia to a Somali mother and an Ethiopian father grew up in Somalia with her mother and two sisters after her parent's separation till the age of 13. The Somalia Civil war which started in 1991 changed Fatima’s life forever; just as her mother was preparing to leave Somalia for safety, militiamen stormed their home and fatally shot the two younger sisters who were just 8 and 10. After her sisters’ deaths, Fatima and her mother fled to the United States for safety.



Fatima, who placed third in the tenth cycle of America's Next Top Model  is featured in the latest campaign for Herve Leger.

Fatima participated in the Boston University Upward Bound program while in high school. She was a Posse Scholar and went to Bryn Mawr College in 2004. She later transferred to New York University to study pre-med and political science. She eventually transferred back to Bryn Mawr College to finish her education. 


Fatima has been very vocal about the genital mutilation she experienced as a little girl. In an autobiographical essay she wrote for Orato.com titled Vulnerable Beauty: Finding My Voice, she spoke openly about female genital circumcision and her hopes for changing the practice to make it "less horrendous" for young girls.

Fatima has done a photo shoot for the Boston Globe, Essence Magazine, CosmoGirl, Elle, Marie Claire and Avon's Mark Catalog. She had a ten page spread in D la Repubblica Delle Donne, issue 637.



Fatima did a presentation for Gemma Kahng at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2009. She also walked in the Dazzle Your Senses fashion show at Club Sol. Siad was included in NYMM's show package for fall/winter 2009 New York Fashion Week and received a showcard. She walked for Stærk, Boy by Band of Outsiders, Betsey Johnson and Michael Angel at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2009/2010, for Lublu K. Plastinina in Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010,and for a designer in the Project Runway Season 7 finale. Most recently, Siad walked for Dries Van Noten, Andrew Gn and Hermès during the Spring/Summer 2012 Paris Fashion Week.




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6 comments

  1. I think she's absolutely gorgeous. She reminds me (and I guess quite a few other people) of Iman. I didn't know that about her siblings...

    Woooooooooooow @ that Herve Leger dress. Beautiful!

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  2. She's stunning and truly a positive influence! She deserved everything she earned! =]

    Kimberly

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  3. She is a future Liya Kebede. So gorgeous and really talented. She looks smokin in that Herve Leger ad campaign.

    www.stylebycesca.blogspot.com

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  4. I always wonder how so many African models seem to 'flee' their countries to the US so easily. I really like her though

    Adiya
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  5. I really liked Fatima on ANTM.
    I hope she continues to do well :)

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  6. This woman is breathtakingly beautiful. I love the Herve Leger Picture and the one with the big hair.

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