Liya Kebede Plays Waris Dirie in 'Desert Flower'

Forty-four-year-old supermodel and human rights activist Waris Dirie recounted her fascinating life story in her first novel, "Desert Flower." The journey includes a nomadic youth in Somalia, surviving a brutal female circumcision, escaping to London at age 13 to avoid an arranged marriage, and roughing it as a maid, to becoming a top model and humanitarian. The international best-seller has been translated in countless languages and now it's been made into a movie. Directed by Sherry Horman, the film is based on Dirie's international best-seller and stars supermodel and budding actress Liya Kedebe as Dirie. Read More: Separated at Birth: Celeb LookalikesFashion Revolutionaries: Top Models Past and PresentVintage Vamp: the History of Black Models
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