Model Focus: Fatima Siad

Born December 17, 1986 in Mogadishu, Somalia, Fatima Siad is a Somali-Ethiopian fashion model. Raised in Boston, Massachusetts, she placed third on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 10.

Said was born to a Somali mother and an Ethiopian father, she grew up in Somalia with her mother and two sisters. Her parents divorced at a young age. She underwent female genital cutting when she was seven years old. Her two sisters were killed by the Somali army during the civil war. After her sisters’ deaths, Siad and her mother fled to the United States when she was thirteen for safety. Siad states that she lived in a shack and had low self-esteem when she was younger. While in high school she participated in Boston University Upward Bound (a TRIO program) program. She was a Posse Scholar and went to Bryn Mawr College in 2004. She 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 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.

Siad 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. She also closed for designer Thierry Colson.

Siad has appeared on the Tyra Banks Show for episodes titled Tyra’s Pay It Forward with Joanie Dodds, Recessionista: Queen of Cheap where she modeled clothes with Anya Rozova and Katarzyna Dolinska America’s Next Top Model Reunion for the Cycle 10 Reunion, Modelville Introduction, Modelville 2, Modelville 3, Modelville 4, and Tina Knowles modeling in a House of Dereon fashion show.

Siad starred in Modelville and she placed third in the competition.

Recently, Siad appeared briefly in the Season 1 finale of Kell on Earth (Episode “Sunny Days”) as a hired model for the DKNY Cozy promo shoot.

In addition, in an autobiographical essay she wrote for 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.

Her vital statistics are:
Country: Somalia
Date of Birth: December 17, 1986
Star sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)
Hair color: Dark brown
Eye color: Dark brown
Measurements: 32-22.5-36 in (US); 81-56-91 cm (EU)
Weight: 110 lb (50 kg)
Dress size: 2 (US) ; 32 (EU)
Manager: New York Model Management, L. A. Model Management, Ace Models (Athens), Ice Models (Milan), Munich Models, Oui Model Management, Modellink Model Agency