Waris Dirie
Somalian
Waris Dirie
Somalian
Born 1965
in Gallacaio desert, Somalia
Hair
Eyes
Height
Bust
Waist
Hips
Dress
Shoes
Black
Brown
US/EU/UK
5'9" / 175cm
35 / 89
24 / 61
35 / 89
6 / 36

Career Data

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Covers

Italy: 'Vogue Pelle' - September/October 1991

Fashion Shows

Ready to wear - Spring/Summer 1996 {John Galliano, Ralph Lauren}
Ready to wear - Autumn/Winter 2000 {Xuly Bet}

Notes

- Waris was working at a London MacDonald's when she was discovered by a photographer.
- Her name means desert flower.
- She appeared in the 1987 & 1997 Pirelli Calendar.
- She was a Bond girl side by side with Timothy Dalton in 'The Living Daylights'.
- She is a cousin of fellow Somali supermodel Iman.
- She has written three books: 'Desert flower' about her childhood (including genital mutilation), her escape to England and life as a model and 'Desert Dawn' about the return to her birthland Somalia and 'Desert children'. Waris is a UN ambassador for the abolition of female genital mutilation.
- Her website can be found at http://www.waris-dirie-foundation.com/

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