80’s supermodel Waris Dirie was born into a nomadic tribe in Somalia.
Ms. Dirie ran away at age thirteen to avoid marriage a much older man.
After working odd jobs in London, she was discovered by photographer Terence Donovan, who shot her for her the cover of the 1987 Pirelli calendar.
From there, she became a star, landing ads for Chanel, Levi’s, L’Oréal and Revlon.
She’s become an outspoken activist against female genital mutilation, and wrote two bestselling memoirs, “Desert Dawn” and “Desert Flower” about her experience with the atrocity. A film about Waris’ fascinating life starring Liya Kebede.