Fatima Siad was a contestant during Cycle 10 of ANTM.
Fatima Siad is a Somalia-Ethiopian fashion model. Raised in Boston, Massachusetts, she placed third on America’s Next Top Model, Cycle 10.
Born in Mogadishu, Somalia to a Somali mother and a Somali-Ethiopian father, Fatima grew up in Somalia with her mother and two sisters. Her parents divorced at a young age. She underwent female genital cutting (circumcision) when she was seven years old. Her two sisters were killed by the Somali army during the civil war. After her sisters’ deaths, Fatima 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. 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 has done a photo shoot for the Boston Globe and had a spread Essence Magazine, November 2008. She was also featured in Look Magazine UK, October 2008 and has appeared in CosmoGirl twice, issues November 2008 and the Prom Winter/Spring 2009. Fatima has modeled for Style Bermuda in a shoot called Dusk til’ Dawn and has Cosmopolitan work. In addition, Fatima has also modeled for Maggie Norris Couture, Ebony Magazine, December 2008 and the December 18, 2008 issue of Women’s Wear Daily. Fatima has been in In Fashion Magazine and Elle, March 2009 and July 2009 and she has been on the covers of french magazines, The Amuser, issue two and Profil Femme, April 2009. Fatima has a contract with the Swiss cosmetic company, Arbonne, and is one of the new faces for Arbonne FC5, appearing in ads for the products. She has appeared on the cover of Colures Magazine and she has been on the cover of Front Page Style the May 29, 2009 issue. Fatima also has a ten page spread in D la Repubblica Delle Donne, issue 637 and appeared in Avon’s Mark Catalog.
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 and 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. She walked for Lublu K. Plastinina in Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010.
During ANTM, Fatima Siad came into the competition with a powerful story to tell and a chance to inspire others. She placed third in her cycle. Fatima received three first call-outs and four bottom-two appearances, the same amount as winner Whitney Thompson. She won one challenge, in which she received 50 extra frames for her photo shoot. Fatima was criticized for not being able to take direction well. She was given long, chestnut brown extensions as part of her makeover. Siad missed a photo shoot, while trying to gather appropriate travel documents, which she allegedly lost in Atlanta. That almost cost her the competition, as she landed in the bottom two along with Stacy Ann Fequiere, but a stronger, improving portfolio saved her.
In one interview, Siad stated that she felt that the show was a joke and thought Claire Unabia, Lauren Utter, Katarzyna Dolinska or Anya Rozova should have won or at least not have been eliminated as early as they were. She also stated that the show may be based on politics.
Fatima was the last girl featured in the Top Models in Action segment that aired during Cycle 12.
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, Black Model Tribute, Modelville Introduction, Modelville 2, Modelville 3, Modelville 4 and Tina Knowles modeling in a House of Dereon fashion show.
Fatima starred in Modelville and she placed third in the competition.
In addition, 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 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, Ace Models in Athens, Greece and Ice Models in Milan, Italy.
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