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She was found hours after police announced they were launching a nationwide search for her. She had last been seen getting into a cab after a mix-up over a hotel in the early hours of Wednesday. Prosecutor's spokeswoman Estelle Arpigny said Dirie was being questioned by police about the disappearance and appeared to be in good health.
She declined to give further details, saying it was unclear what had happened since Dirie vanished after leaving a Brussels nightclub. Dirie, 43, gained international fame as a model in Chanel ads and acting in the James Bond movie "The Living Daylights" before launching her campaign against female genital mutilation in She shocked the world with a best selling book "Desert Flower" that described how her genitals were sliced off with a dirty razor blade without anesthesia, and then stitched together.
Belgian media reports said she was found by police Friday afternoon walking the Brussels' Grand Place square. The prosecutor's office is scheduled to hold a news conference Saturday morning on the case. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Concern over her disappearance was heightened because of the discovery last week in Paris of the body of another African-born former model who had campaigned against female genital mutilation.
Guinean-born Katoucha Niane was discovered floating in the River Seine. How do you combine being a mother with your other social roles? Do you ever feel overwhelmed?
It is not easy, but I do my best to find a balance. Being mother is a mission. It is the most beautiful and at the same time the most difficult thing to do. You definitely made an incredible mark as a model, if you were going to walk the runway for the last time, whom would you like to work with designer and why? It would unquestionably be one of the African designers. Africa has so much potential and can produce incredibly beautiful fabrics and fashion. It is such a shame that its potential is not used to the fullest.
I sincerely hope that this will change one day. You recently described modelling industry as a very tough industry. At what point in your career did you realize it was and how did you manage to stay on top? From the time I started, I knew that modelling is very tough industry, especially for nomad girl, who was not used to conventions of western world. But to be honest, I never tried too hard to stay on the top; because it was not my dream come true…it all just happened.
Do you consider the modelling career more fleeting than other careers? If yes, why and if no, why not? Having gained fame and attention as a model, I knew that my statement on this issue would be heard. Talking about exit strategy, from your experience when do you think is the safest time to exit full time modelling? For me personally, after all efforts I had undertaken and all catwalks I walked down, it was not so important for me anymore to keep my career going.
I knew a lot of important people in the fashion world and I was able to choose job offers at that time. And then suddenly I was very excited about becoming a mother and that was the best decision I ever made in my whole life. As an outsider looking in, what disparities do you see between older models and the next generation of top African models? I think they are still the beautiful and sometimes shy African girls who want their dream of becoming a super model to come true.
Some people may describe your life and your career as an epitome of serendipity. Do you see it that way? I do believe that everything happens for reason… that I was meant to survive everything I did so that one day I could speak out about this torture and fight for little girls out there who are not able to fight on their own!
I wanted to reach people through my story; I wanted them to know about the pain and suffering that thousands of girls and women have to go through every day. I did not believe in such an amazing response it received, but I was sincerely happy and thankful for it! How did you feel during the adaptation of the book into a movie? Has its premiere and reviews met your expectations?
It was a very emotional but fulfilling experience. It was difficult for me to see my own childhood, my own family and my life on a huge movie screen. But I agreed to making this movie because I knew that it would reach much more people than the book did, and that is exactly what happened. I was deluged with e-mails from so many people throughout the world telling me that they saw the movie and [were grateful that I made] them aware of FGM. Many of these people wanted to do something about the crime and help in any way.
Making the movie was absolutely right and all the difficulties and hard work were certainly well worth it after it was said and done. Of course it would be the day when I was mutilated as a little girl. It was the worst moment of my life, something I can never forget. No innocent little girl should go through this kind of unnecessary cruel pain. I am not able to choose one favourite. All African models are beautiful amazing women, whether from outside or from the inside.
I just wish more African girls and women could use their beauty and potential in this world. I would like the world to remember me for my fight against FGM and for the women of Africa, and then I would like to be remembered as survivor who never gave up…as I wish the people in this world would never give up on their dreams, their hopes and their life happiness.
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Waris Dirie: Waris Dirie, Somalian fashion model, author, and women’s rights activist known for her efforts to eliminate female genital mutilation (FGM), also called female circumcision. Dirie was one of 12 children born into a large nomadic family living near Somalia’s border with Ethiopia. Much of Dirie’s. Official profile of Somalian fashion model Waris Dirie born in Gallacaio desert, Somalia, including biography, photos, FMDcard, sed card, lookbook, portfolio, videos. Waris Dirie was born as a daughter of a nomadic family in in the region of Gallacaio, in the Somali desert on the border with Ethiopia. Previous Next At the age of five years, she suffered the inhumane procedure of female genital mutilation.