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Quotes by Waris Dirie

  • Somali model
  • Born 1965

Waris Dirie (Somali: Waris Diiriye) (born 1965) is a Somali model, author, actress and social activist. From 1997 to 2003, she served as a UN Special Ambassador.


Brooklyn's good. Brooklyn's funky. Brooklyn's happening.




I've never been one to stay still. I was born a nomad, and I still am a nomad and always will be.




If you can survive in the desert, you survive anywhere. I know more than anything life in desert. You can tell by looking at the dirt how long ago it rained, how hard it rained, how much water came through. You can by looking at a plant, a tree, from an animal's look. I can read the desert like I read my hand.




Fashion is fun, ridiculously fun. But it's base and it's wrong. You're not doing anything good for the world. You're just saying, 'Buy it, buy it, buy it.'




Personal style? I don't really believe in that. Whatever is comfortable.




I love life. I wish I could live another 500 years, truly. There is so much to do. I don't feel bitter or angry or disappointed. If anything, I am very grateful for where I come from. I have absolutely no regrets.




Female genital mutilation targets little girls, baby girls - fragile angels who are helpless, who cannot fight back. It's a crime against a child, a crime against humanity. It's abuse. It's absolutely criminal and we have to stop it.




I belong nowhere and to no one.




Because women and girls are not valued equally as human beings, they are treated as less than such. Female genital mutilation is one example of this that has to be stopped.




I don't know what a supermodel is. If they call me that, I might have to punch them. It's just so vain and so unreal.




Sometimes I wonder where I am from. I am either way ahead or I come from another world. I don't recognise this world.




I can enjoy anywhere, and I can leave it. Life is about moving on.




I love the truth. Tell the truth and live the truth, because we've seen enough lies and look what it's doing.




Every day, women move mountains. It is an insult to have an international women's day.


I still do find it very difficult in the West to connect to this politeness of smiling, not saying how you're thinking or not saying how you really feel.



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