Fatima Ali Siad (born December 17, 1986) is a Somali-Ethiopian fashion model. Raised in Boston, Massachusetts, she placed third on cycle 10 of ANTM in 2008. She also competed on the spin-off series Modelville.
Fatima was born in Mogadishu, Somalia 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, She and her mother fled to the United States when she was thirteen for safety. Fatima 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 over to New York University to study pre-med and political science. She eventually transferred back to Bryn Mawr College to finish her education.
Fatima came into the competition with a powerful story to tell and a chance to inspire others. She received three first call-outs and four bottom-two appearances, the same amount as winner Whitney. She won one challenge, in which she received 50 extra frames.
She was given long, chestnut brown extensions as part of her makeover. Despite her strong look and potential, Fatima was criticized for not being able to take direction well. She was put in the bottom two for this in episode four, but saved over Amis.
In episode nine, Fatima was infamous for missing the photoshoot before overseas, because she had travel documents that she allegedly lost in Atlanta, and tried to get new ones while the other six girls shot a group photo. That episodes judging also happened directly after the shoot, and she landed in the bottom two along with Stacy Ann, but a stronger, improving portfolio saved her.
In one interview, Fatima stated that she felt that the show was a joke and thought Claire, Lauren, Katarzyna or Anya 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 has appeared on "The Tyra Banks Show" for the episodes "Tyra's Pay It Forward" with Joanie Dodds, "Recessionista: Queen of Cheap", where she modeled clothes with Anya and Katarzyna. The cycle 10 Reunion, Black Model Tribute, and Tina Knowles modeling in a House of Dereon fashion show. She appeared briefly in the Season 1 finale of "Kell on Earth" as a hired model for the DKNY Cozy promo shoot.
Fatima has signed with New York Model Management in New York City under the editorial division and L.A. Model Management in Los Angeles, placed in the women's division. She also signed to Munich Models, One Management, Modellink in Stockholm and New Version Model Management. She has Danish citizenship.
She has done a photo shoot for the Boston Globe and was in Essence Magazine, November 2008. She was featured in Look Magazine UK, an October 2008 issue. She has appeared in CosmoGirl in the November 2008 issue and the Prom Winter/Spring 2009 issue. She has modeled for Style Bermuda in a shoot called Dusk til' Dawn and Cosmopolitan. Fatima has also modeled for Maggie Norris Couture. She appeared in Ebony Magazine, December 2008 and the December 18, 2008 issue of Women's Wear Daily. She 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 appeared in InFashion Magazine and the March 2009 issue of Elle.
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. Fatima 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.
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.
In October 2015, Siad was ranked by Cosmopolitan as one of the most successful contestants of the Top Model franchise.
She was an honorable mention on MsMojo's YouTube video "Top 10 Best America's Next Top Model Makeovers". Her fight with semifinalists Shaya and Shalynda was number nine on "Top 10 Craziest Fights".
- Fatima is the second ANTM girl to originally be born in Africa. The first being Nnenna Agba.
- Fatima is the second ANTM girl to miss a photoshoot and be able to move on in the competition, the first being Shannon Stewart in cycle 1. She is also the first girl to miss a photoshoot and be saved over a girl who had done the photo shoot.
- She's got plans for life after 'Model'
- CWTV Interview
- Posse Scholar
- Reality Wanted Interview
- Reality Tv Scoop Interview
- Carol's Daughter's Products
- Modelville Introduction
- Modelville 2
- Modelville 3
- Modelville 4
- Tyra's Pay It Forward
- Recessionista: Queen of Cheap
- America's Next Top Model Reunion
- Black Model Tribute
- Tina Knowles
- Tyra Banks Show - Episode Listings
- FMD - Profile of fashion model Fatima Siad
- New York Model Management
- LA Models
- Boston Globe
- Essence, November
- Look Magazine UK
- CosmoGirl - November 2008
- CosmoGirl Prom
- Style Bermuda
- Maggie Norris Couture
- Ebony Magazine
- Women's Wear Daily
- Arbonne FC5
- Elle - March 2009
- In Fashion Magazine
- WWD: Gemma Kahng
- Dazzle Your Senses
- Fall/Winter Showcard
- Stærk - Fall/Winter 09/10
- Boy by Band of Outsiders - Fall/Winter 09/10
- Michael Angel - Fall/Winter 09/10
- Betsey Johnson - Fall/Winter 09/10
- Orato - Vulnerable Beauty: Finding My Voice
|Cycle 10 Contestants|
Aimee Wright • Allison Kuehn • Amis Jenkins • Anya Kop • Atalya Slater • Claire Unabia • Dominique Reighard • Fatima Siad • Katarzyna Dolinska • Kimberly Rydzewski • Lauren Utter • Marvita Washington • Stacy-Ann Fequiere • Whitney Thompson