Fatima Siad is a high-fashion, Somalian supermodel that has worked with major brands ranging from Avedato BCBG Max Azria to fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazaar. Below is her strutting Ralph Lauren style on his runway.
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However, if you head to her Instagram, you’ll see that for FW16, instead of stomping runways and being photographed at events, she chose to spend some time with National Geographic in Ethiopia. She’s educating her fans, followers, and supporters on Ethiopian heritage, sharing her journey through beautiful imagery and giving us a lesson in culture.
Realizing the importance and impact of this trip, she shared the experience with her family, inviting her little brother, Sadam Siad. He came to lend a hand to work out the kinks from Fatima’s tour through Omo Valley.
In Omo Valley, Fatima poses with a woman with a ceramic plate inserted into her lower lip. This custom dates back a few centuries, in which the tribe had to deface their women so that they wouldn’t be stolen for slave trade.
Just being the overall dope woman she is, Fatima is quite comfortable and enjoying East African traditions. Below, she is pictured chewing qat. Qat is a shrub native East Africa. It’s an herbal, natural stimulant that has been compared to coffee. However, it was banned by the UK as it’s viewed as a mild drug. In Somalia, people drink this as tea.
#TeamBeautiful loves how Fatima has constantly and consistently embraced her culture and always shed light on not only Somalia, but also all of East Africa. This woman is all about her spirit and her people! Can’t wait to see what she is drumming up with National Geographic.