Fatima Siad was born on January 1, 1986, in Mogadishu, Somalia. She grew up as a child of three (girls) from parents of mixed African ancestry (her mother is Somali, and her father is Ethipoian). She is also a child of divorce, and has said that she used to live in a “shack, with no running water.” During the Civil War in Somalia, Fatima’s two sisters were killed, and when she was thirteen her mother immigrated to America with her. They lived in Boston, Massachusetts, for a time, and Fatima attended Bryn Mawr College in 2004, attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA for one year in 2006, and then transferred to New York University, pre-med (also to study political science).
When Fatima became a finalist on America’s Next Top Model, she gained much sympathy with her early admission of having been circumcised when she was seven years old. Immediately recognized as stunningly beautiful, she went far in the competition — she was even able to progress when she lost her passport in Atlanta, Georgia (which she needed in order to go overseas), although she missed that week’s photo-shoot to settle things with customs/immigration. Fatima ended up placing third in the competition, behind Anya Rozova (runner-up) and Whitney Thompson (winner).
After Cycle 10 of America’s Next Top Model was over, Fatima transferred back to Bryn Mawr College.
Fatima Siad is currently signed with New York Model Management in New York City under the editorial division, L.A. Model Management in Los Angeles placed in the women’s division, Oui Management in Paris, France, Ace Models in Athens, Greece, and Ice Models in Milan, Italy, as well as with Munich Models In Munich.
Siad has done a photo shoot for the Boston Globe and has had spreads in Essence Magazine in November 2008 and September 2010. She was also featured in Look Magazine UK, October 2008. She has appeared in CosmoGirl twice, issues November 2008 and the Prom Winter/Spring 2009. She has modeled for Style Bermuda in a shoot called Dusk til’ Dawn and has Cosmopolitan work. Siad 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 been in In Fashion Magazine and Elle, March 2009 and July 2009. Siad has been on the covers of French magazines, The Amuser, issue two and Profil Femme, April 2009. Siad 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 has appeared on the cover of Colures Magazine. She has been on the cover of Front Page Style the May 29, 2009 issue. She had a ten page spread in D la Repubblica Delle Donne, issue 637 and appeared in Avon’s Mark Catalog. She was in Marie Claire in July 2010. In addition, Siad had an ad campaign with BCBG Max Azira for their Spring/Summer 2010 campaign. She was also chosen for the Spring 2012 Herve Leger campaign by Max Azria.
Siad 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. Siad 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, for Lublu K. Plastinina in Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010, and for a designer in the Project Runway Season 7 finale.
Most recently, Siad walked for Dries Van Noten, Andrew Gn and Hermès during the Spring/Summer 2012 Paris Fashion Week. She also closed for designer Thierry Colson.