“I wanted to return to the place where I was born and see it with new eyes. I had no idea where my family was in Somalia. At first it seemed impossible—almost as impossible as a camel girl becoming a fashion model.” ~ Waris
I read this book altogether with the first one, Desert Flower. The sequel is about Waris coming home to Somalia, looking for her family. Easy read, like the first one. Less sad and lighter. I read the book a long time ago before I wrote this review though, so I’ve already forgotten many details and direct impression which people get soon after they close the book. In short, if you read the first one, this one is worth the time too, even just for the sake of finishing the journey.
~ Finished on 4 September 2006
Desert Flower is a life story about Waris, a desert nomad from Somalia who ran away from her country and was becoming a fashion model. She posed for Levi’s, Revlon, and L’Oreal, just to mention a few. Today still Revlon lists her as “the most beautiful woman in the world”, together with Cindy Crawford, Claudie Schiffer, and Naomi Campbell.
She left the life as a model, became the UN Ambassador, and had campaign against FGM (Female Genital Mutilation). She was circumcized as a child, a tradition that brings unnecessary intense suffering to a lot of girls around the world.
The book is written in such a simplistic way that it took me only around 4 days to finish (1 book usually takes me about 3-4 weeks). But I found it very interesting and insightful. There’s so much to know and learn. The tradition, culture, country, and life in Somalia and Africa. As a life story, it’s simply amazing. It’s a true Cinderella story. A true American Dream (or should I say Europe? She’s after all a British citizen now). From a camel girl to international fashion model? Cool :). Don’t forget that Somalia is one of the five poorest countries in the world. The daily life story in Somalia itself made me stick my eyes to the book till the end.
~ Finished on 28 August 2006
“My nomad days prepared me well for this life: Traveling light, moving on when the work did, accepting what life had to offer and making the most of it.” ~ Waris Dirie