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Who’s that Girl? Fatima Rocks America’s Next Top Model
February 21, 2008, 4:12 pm
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America’s Next Top Model : Cycle 10 rocked TV last night with a new cast of 14 girls. But what we where most excited about was the edition of Fatima Siad. She is a beautiful 22 year old girl from Somalia. She was going to school in Boston but most recently transfered to NYU. She is already the center of the show bring up a very controversial issue by telling the judges and the other top model girls that she is a survivor of female genital mutilation. Everyone found a new comfort and respect for Fatima after she told her story. She is a strong and powerful girl and we can’t wait to see her first photo shoot.

For more on Fatima, check out “Fatima, FGM and a Firestorm of Comments” on Jamati.com or

Fatima and America’s Next Top Model check out Jamati.com – “I Spy….An African Top Model Contestant”

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Actually, she was a student at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Comment by Lisa B

it is unfortunate that all somali girls use FGM as their way through thier goals. Iman, Ayan Ali hrisi and now fatima. they all want to create somethin( a contravial issue like force marriage & FGM) new that has never been there before so that they get favored. not for their personality and skills but for wat they have undergone. she isn’t good lookin. she is in there coz she has somethin “interesting” to tell the judges.

Comment by ismahan somali

i think fatima is a disgrace to all somali muslims. she’s saying stuff thats racist and maybe she’s like that but all somali ladies i know 4 a fact are not. i think she needs to leave before she makes america think all somalians are bad people!

Comment by non ya beez wax

it’s weird that all somalians trying to make it in the fashion industry use FGM, and the somalian war, and forced marriage as a for people to feel bad or empathize with and make it seem like they are survivors and they are but this happens to alot about 85% or more somali girls go through the same thing so when a somalian hears it , it’s not a big thing because we all go through it , but when americans ( no offense or non-somalians) hear it its like this big thing well just to let you know that she is no different than any somalian girl here in america that came from somalia we are the same so please dont make it seem like she is the only one

Comment by not telling

Excellent Comments!! I like them…that’s how I was feeling myself..And tonight was the first show i watched of this cycle (been away) but I really hated that…I am Ugandan, and hate it so much when we Africans seem to use our culture as the evil that pushed us to the struggle and made us “a unique case”. I hated all she was saying.. I know Somalis have it rough in Boston-when kids pick on them in school…trust me, Boston aint the most black-friendly place..went to school there..but why use Genital culture, war, lack of food to market oneself, always. (white) Americans don’t use binge drinking, marijuana, lose of connection with their homeland to publicly seek approval. Shame!

Comment by dlwanga

I absolutely agree with dlwanga.
Fatima’s talk about female mutilation, the somali war, and starvation has brought her nothing but hatred from the Somali community.
A good majority of us Somalis do not despise Fatima because of her average looks, it’s mostly because of the way she presents Somalia to the public.
She talks as if Somalia is a chaotic war zone.
FYI, it’s not even considered a war, the relations between tribes are just a little tense in the South but things have settled down. And the violence is only prominent in Mogadisho, where Fatima was raised.
Just because Fatima’s city is screwed up doesn’t mean the rest of Somalia is in constant war. So someone has got to tell Fatima to quit the generalizations.

Comment by Iky

Fatima is fulfilling the prophecy of being typical “poor” African Girl. She’s playing right into the hands of the show producers. I bet she has never experienced “starvation” or FGM. Remember the primary purpose of the show is generating viewer-ship and now necessarily picking the “Top American” model.

Comment by ProudAfrican

Should have read …

the primary purpose of the show is generating viewer-ship and NOT necessarily picking the “Top American” model.

Comment by ProudAfrican

I disagree with every comment posted. Fatima is a beautiful person. I think that it took strength and poise to speak about what she has been through. I also think she was completely respectful in stating that although she loves her culture and understands that FGM is considered an honorable tradition in the culture she was raised in, she does not agree with it. It is her right to state that. To the person who commented that the majority of Somali girls experience FGM, so why bring it up? That every Somali woman tryin to make it in the fashion industry uses it to spotlight their causes. I say: Let them. Because regardless of how many hopeful Somali models are speaking out about FGM it is clearly not enough. People are still ignorant of the practice. Fatima has given FGM a national outlet, far more effective than other models before her have done. I am proud of Fatima. She has told her story as she experienced it. She had the misfortune of being raised in an area of Somalia where violence was extremely prominent. How could she not have been shaped by all the adversity and trauma she has faced? Who are you to censor her? If she could relate a more specific account of her story and life (with her exact home location and detailed politically correct recounts) the entire show would have to revolve around her. People need to understand that these shows are heavily edited so that not all of what she is saying appears on the episodes you watch. Fatima is NOT a disgrace. Her words do NOT create a “sob story” but are an inspiration. I admire Fatima for standing firmly behind her protests of FGM despite the fact that it “has brought her nothing but hatred from the Somali community.” I can only pray that the hatred of others will not silence her voice but motivate her to speak louder.

Comment by Ifrah05

Ifrah05 well nobody said that she was ugly person did they?
And its not an inspirational story, Fatima’s not the ONLY girl in the universe who has been circumcised. And sure Fatima has mentioned FGM, but I wouldn’t necessarily call that taking a stand. She’s focusing more on her tragedy rather than talking about the lives of other young girls who suffered from this mishap as well. She’s a bit self-centered, and until she straightens up her act and actually behaves like a decent role model, I am not impressed. I’m not trying to ‘silence her voice’, I merely just hope that she presents Somalia in a good manner. Would it hurt if she would just become a little more optimistic about her own country? Or is that too much to ask? It’s constructive criticism.

Comment by Iky

Dear Iky,

That is not actually constructive critism. Just because she spoke about FGM doesn’t mean she was saying that Somalia is a bad place? That is a very simplistic argument you just made, you’d think people would know better I am very disturbed by the comments that have been posted. How exactly should she be more optimistic about her country? Is her purpose on the show to be a model or to be a spoke person for how wonderful a country Somalia is? And how exactly should she straighten up her act? You would think she was prostituting herself and acting like a Britney Spears or something with the way you talk. Fatima is an INDIVIDUAL who was simply talking about HER OWN experience. At no point did she say that she was “special” because she was the only one on earth to go through with this.
And actually, if you read through the comments again you will see that some people on this message board have said that she is unattractive, which is completly untrue in my opinion.

I can’t believe how short sighted some people are. Grow up!

Comment by Enlightened

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Thank you Ifrah and Enlightened. I too was very disturbed at the hateful tone and anger on this message board. Why are people so quick to project hate, judgement and anger at someone they have no idea about. One of the messages read “[Fatima] is no different than any somalian girl here in america that came from somalia we are the same so please dont make it seem like she is the only one!” I just want to shake you out of your ignorance! How are we all the same? I am a somali woman who knows and has experienced the deeply rooted expectations our culture puts on women. When I see someone like Fatima, I think of what she has overcome to have the grace and courage to speak out internationally on her experience. If you see this as something Somali women are using to market themselves, that says more about where your state of mind is. I have a friend who is a Rwandan genocide survivor. She has made it her life’s work to talk about how her family was killed in order to raise awareness and prevent genocide from happening again. How is it any different when a FGM/C survivor, a rape survivor etc uses her PERSONAL experience to dialogue and sensitize the world in the efforts to stop these senseless practices? Nowadays, if you want to create social change, you have to be smart about it. What’s smarter that going on national television and speaking to millions of viewers. Granted, you have to be careful not to misinform anyone, but when I saw Fatima talk about her situation, I immediately empathized with her acceptance and proactive choice! Go Fatima, all the more power to you!

Comment by Fadhumo

fuck dis wats rong wid these ppl ya all need 2 fix up all them people hu feel for dis girl plz dis is ever day life fatima hasnt been through anything compared 2 other girls livin in somali i bet she’s makin it all up 2 impress the judges the only advice she needs is to change her name and beg on another background

Comment by aisha

I don’t think the issue is whether or not promoting social change, with regards to FGM, is a good idea or not. I think almost everyone, even those who’ve posted about how almost all somali females go through this, would agree that changing this would probably be a good idea. However, my main question is whether Fatima was actually concerned about this issue, or simply saw this as an opportunity to rack up some sympathy from Tyra and Co. While no one can assume to know her actual intentions in bringing up her, evidently traumatizing experiences, the editing of the episode made it seem like her bringing up FGM came completely out of left field. The fact that she felt the need to repeat it AGAIN in the first episode/day makes the situation all the more awkward. Definitely understand why lots of people were uncomfortable with her decision to do so. Although, for what it’s worth, I think that she’s reasonably attractive, though perhaps a bit bony about the shoulders…

Comment by gottaLoveANTM

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Comment by nimo

it really sad that she is using FGM to get attention and to have people feeling sorry for her, besides it not like she is the only somali girl this happens to, i think fatima is a disgrace to all somali and muslim nation,

Comment by asha

i think these somali girls need to think of wat they r doing to their famalies the shame the bring to them, and also abt their religion and culture and tradition , they should be ashame of themselves, i mean they should know that they the world is only for a short time and there will be a day when everyone will come face to face wth their creater ..ALLAH… THEN THEY WILL KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE DONE WAS WRONG AND THEY WILL WISH TO BE RETURNED TO EARTH TO OBEY ALLAH’S ….

Comment by nim

asc hey guys i thing fatima is a beautifull somali girl but our culture is not like that

Comment by layla

i thing fatima is gona make it girl just do ur best and am sure u are going 2 win just don’t listen what people say

Comment by fatima

nacla kugu talaay… shaydamad yahay … ilaahi kaabaq… werdkaa waas dhilayahay foolxumidaaaaaaaaaaaaa
ufffff … baal eega timahada .. uff ufff khaaaakh tuuuuuuuuf

Comment by hamda

listen fatima all u r seeking 4 is attention. u fucked up bitch, brrruv luk at ur hair. ur brave going on america next top model . i hope no1 fucks u oh yh i 4gt dey cnt heehehehh

Comment by hamda

that’s right fatima u are muslim u don’t need 2 be an america next to modal u should say mansha alah 4 beling muslim madel is nothing u are muslim. muslim is better than everything so abaayo thing about it.

Comment by fatima

ok the thing that makes me mad abt fatima
is how she talked abt FGM every african i
mean african ppl in africa got FGM when they
was little its a cultural thing i never
will understand the hurt they went through
but she making seem like a death kind of
situation its not i kno it should stop
but its our african culture its scared
yah kno but she made it seem so bad also
that girl got a bad a attiude when she
was lyke to them girls u are sooo ghetto
wat that suppose 2 mean unh? also she thinks
or they think she looks lyke iman hell naw
iman is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy beautiful plus i
luv that iman aint lyke fatima ashamed of
where she came from i came her when i was lyke
a baby and i aint shamed of where i came from
but if she never had the attiude she does or
talk abt our african customs very bad i would been a fan of her’s but y’all she can win
cause iman’s getting old and they need a new
somalian top model that girl is tooo skinny
she needs 2 eat. its not that i hate her its
the way she talks and takes of advantage
of her situation i dislike. there can be
way beautiful better somalian girls that
can be model but everybody has their own
mind but don’t use ur culture 2 make it
2 top model be u fatima be u. plus tyra
please quit saying fatima looks like iman she
doesn’t iman’s beautiful even she is older
now compared 2 fatima she is outta her level.

Comment by fartunii

ok now i hate fatima people are gonne think that we somalians are ugly like hey

Comment by aj

TYRA BANKS SHOULD APOLOGIZE FOR WHAT SHE BECOME AND SAID TO FATIMA – I DON’T BELIEVE HOW DARE SHE EVEN BLAME FATIMA AS A HUMAN BEEN TO ANOTHER HUMAN WORDS OF “RESPONSIBILITY” . MAYBE TYRA BANKS SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN FATIMA SHOOS. AS A PRODUCER OF THE SHOW SHE KNEW EXACTLY THAT FATIMA WILL BE LATE BY TEN MINUTES – THIS IS WHY THEY SEND A FULL CREW AND A TIME CLOCK WAS ON THE SIDE OF THE SCREEN TO MAKE LIKE A “TIME BOMB FILM”.

THE REASON FATIMA WAS LATE BY 5 OR 9 MINUTES IS BECAUSE THEY STOP PHOTOGRAPHING BECAUSE THEY GOT THE INFORMATION THAT FATIMA WILL ACTUALLY IS ARRIVING AND EVEN IF NOT THEY COULDN’T WAIT 10 MINUTES FOR HER BECAUSE “RICH SPOILED PEOPLE” CANNOT WAIT ALTHOUGH THE MISSION WAS TO MAKE A PICTURE OF ALL MODELS.

TYRA BANKS LOST HER MIND , SHE LOST HER DIGNITY, HOW DARE SHE TALK LIKE THAT TO HER.

WHAT WAS NOT UNDERSTANDABLE IN THIS SITUATION.

THE MEETING WAS AT 9:00 – FATIMA DID not SeT THE MEETING.

TYRA BANKS IS STANDING – AND SAYING – OH I SEE ONLY SIX – WHO IS MISSING? THE GIRLS SAY FATIMA.

TYRA BANKS KNEW FATIMA LOCATION,PROBLEM AND EVERY DETAIL . SO WHY SHE ASKED LIKE SHE DON’T KNOW? SHE THINK THAT THE VIEWERS ARE SO STUPID!?

IF A PHOTO SHOOT IS IMPORTANT IN THIS SHOW YOU WAIT 5 MINUTES? DON’T YOU WANT TO SEE FATIMA PHOTO? I GUESS THAT TYRA PREFERRED “A SCENE” THAN A PHOTO.

TYRA THE PRODUCER GOT THE INFORMATION THAT FATIMA IS ARRIVING AND CALLED “MISTER BLONDY” TO STOP THE PHOTO SHOOT.

TYRA DIDN’T ASK HER WHAT HAPPENED FOR REAL , HOW SHE GOT THERE , NOTHING. SHE DISMISSED HER..

TYRA WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM ? YOU COULDN’T CALL HER AND TO THE CENTER TO EXPLAIN, AND SHE WAS IN THE “PARTY” AND WHY THEY DIDN’T CALL HER.

A SHOCKING SCENE – TYRA BANKS ACTED AS A DISGUSTING WHICH. I LOST ALL MY RESPECT FOR HER AND SHE SHOULD APOLOGIZE FOR HER ACTION PUBLICLY.

THE USA TOOK A REFUGEE FROM A DREADFUL SITUATION AND THIS IS THE WAY TO TYRA THINK – THE SHOW IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAN THIS – DID SHE LOST HER MIND! TYRA BANKS SHOULD BE A REFUGEE FOR A WEEK AND WILL SEE HOW SHE IS DOING.

FATIMA IS THE NEW IMAN AND SHE WILL BE SO SUCCESSFUL WITH A LITTLE BIT OF EXPERIENCE

TYRA IS AFRAID OF THE NEW IMAN – THE FATIMA FACTOR. remember the name ” Fatima” because a few magazines want to put her on the cover and write ” the new iman?”

FATIMA IS NOT MUSLIM – SHE CAN BE WHAT EVER SHE WANTS SHE CAN BELIEVE IN BOODHA WAY , FREETHINKER , OR MAYBE SHE DONT BELIVE GOD EXIST . SHE IS NOT SOMALIAN ANYMORE – FINISHED – SHE IS AMERICAN – AND THE GREEN CARD WILL COME “A PIECE OF PAPER”

. TYRA BANKS SHAME ON YOU!

Comment by eric

I have no idea if Fatimah underwent FGM but it does not take away from the fact that she is a bitch. I felt she was just using the issue to elicit some sympathy from the rest of the girls.I am not an ultra conservative Muslim nor I do claim to be a Somali nationalist but I wonder why anytime a Somali girl or guy wants some sort of way to grab the headlines, they end up using the true and tried tactic of bashing their culture and people. I wish they didn’t drag Somalia and everything else…Btw, I am the only one who feels like Fatimah is a Flight 13 (No offense peeps but I felt the accent was a giveaway 🙂

Comment by BlueJay

I’m surprised!! A somali girl exposing her body on international tv! N using same method as those in the same situation as her to make money…I think it is a disgrace! For those of u who support her if ur true muslims u should tell her the TRUTH and not push her in da kuffar activities! Since when have we, Somalis, gone mad!!
P.s. I dont think she is wooow looking…she’s ok and she definetely doesnt like like Imaan!

Comment by muslimah

Before I forget maasha allah in the somali community our girls are known as beautiful, decent and responsible girl….I cant say dat about Fatime

Comment by muslimah

All of you need to stop judging Fatima and live your life 4 ur self…. she have a dream and purpose inlife that she want to become of, so if she chooses to be a model and speak out whatever truth or struggle she have been thorough, then that is her choice. consquentlt, we dont need to blame her and creat heatred upon her becasue she speakout our one of our bad culture. Trust me, am from Africa and i know this things are going on, but just becasue we want to the the world all of our culture is good and we are good people, we dont need to say that she is a symblo of disgreass to our culture…. I wonder why we africans cant grow so much, we always get into another peoples bussiness instead of living our own life… we dont focus on being an individual who can bring a paradigm shift and become a self-realient person… people admit that not all culture are perfet and useful, there are bad cultural practices like FGM, so we need to be open-minded and try to change that without opposing others…. and we should be happy for Fatima that she is representing herself, her country, and all Africans by being outspoken and facing reality wtihout trying to pretend as if she had a perfect life… she is beautiful and knows what she want, so i wihs her a good luck to become the next Amercian top model…

Comment by mini5615

fatima is bitch and hoe fuck u fatima

Comment by aj

I don’t like Fatima at all. She is not pretty, has horrible orange hair, and is very passive-aggressive. She says nasty things about the other girls, and seems like a total bitch. She’s not going to win. She has nothing to offer.

Comment by MissD

i think its funny that so many comments here say she is dishonoring her faith. First – learn your facts. Fatima is NOT Muslim. People take her blunt honesty for being a “bitch” (which is a horrible word used only to diminish women) but i take it as her being real. I’d rather her say like it is then come off as fake. She’s outspoken- that’s a good thing. Would you rather her be portrayed as the stereotypical submissive type? Please, she wouldn’t be nearly as interesting. And fatima will deffinately go far. Did you see her cover girl commercial? It was flawless. (tyra doesnt know what she’s talking about- i didnt see anything overly sexualized) She’s the only one who nailed the lines AND gave a likeable performance (kat, who had the lines down, was pretty boring). Fatima brought up FGM only in the first episode because she believed it represented a part of who she is and what she believes in and provided a national platform for the topic to be heard (and also as i hear because the producers told her to). and she is passionate about the topic. research her- you know beyond the antm blog sites. you’ll find an article from the posse foundation that expresses her desire to get into medicine to focus on women’s health in somalia. also she talking to waris (another somalian model who platforms against FGM) about how she can take a more political stance in the UN. Get OVER IT people. She’s not going to face Allah (not being muslim and all) or eternal damnation – she’s going to make her mark in the fashion world. But then again in response to all this negative comments – I am not surprised. Both Iman and Waris have received death threats to never return to their home country. so has fatima. the useless anger and slander portrayed here is disappointing.

Comment by mie

I do not like Fatima at all!
During her first interview with the panel, she tried defending FGM as part of tradition and culture. Then the moment she realized that the judges were opposed to it she did an about face and went on about how horrible it is.

I wish people would realize that there are numerous things that Americans do that outrage and seem morally wrong to Somolians, so why is it our place to judge?

I do not like Fatima, and will never watch ANTM again if she wins.

Comment by Sarah

Fatima is a beautiful girl and I believe that she will be a good model. I don’t want to down her for anything that she is doing, but their are so many other ways that she can raise awareness on FGM. America’s Next Top Model is not the only way of doing it. Which leads one to believe that she wants everyone to feel sorry for her. When she talked about not being able to get married or ever being able to have sex. I think that she should do more reserch on FGM, because there is surgery that she can undergo. Raising awareness is a wonderful thing, and me personally, as a doctor, do not agree with FGM. I wish her the best. But words of advise would be for her to have a better attitude on camera so that she can be a better role model for young women.

Comment by Nenne

I dont know what to sey fatima,but god is the witnes and somali Ladies are known as very beutifull and respectfull so plz stop what your doing to as.

Comment by queen of somalia

hey fatima it is bad for u to destroy the somali reputation so plize don’t say anything else about somali and the traditions.and bye the way it is a good idea if u get married soon coz u ar getting old.and good luck with ur life.

Comment by never mind

haters get a day job!!!! i cant belive that somali girls r talking about another sister like that … how low can u go ladys???? neways u wish u were in her place sooo fuck off

Comment by fanclub7

I find all of these “outraged” comments to be really amusing. First of all, if one wishes to truly convey their (obsessive) frustrations then a good place to start would be to express such with proper English. I mean… Good grief! Is it really that much of an inconvenience to take an extra two minutes so as to not sound like a complete and utter retard? Honestly, if one cannot speak and/or write properly, regardless of whether it stems from stupid, laziness, or a combination of both, then they should really think twice before barking their inane opinions!

Secondly, who the hell gives a damn about this Fatima? She is too skinny, too ugly, and has the personality of rusty doorknob… All of which is reflected and confirmed by the fact that she is a LOSER! Frankly, I couldn’t care less about her sob story as it was entirely irrelevant to the premise of the show. The fact remains that she lacked any interpersonal communication skills and she came off as a self-serving, overly self-involved bitch.

I’m glad she lost… she didn’t deserve to win and she would have been a horrible representative for the ANTM franchise.

Good Riddance!

Comment by AForcedWatcher

FYI, she’s still at Bryn Mawr. She is graduating this year.

Comment by elvenqueen10

thanks god fatima this out of america next top modal be happy those of u don’t like fatima

Comment by la la

i personally think fatima needs help i mean come on shes just a ugly person who needs people to feel sorry for her but honey we are feeling sorry for you not because wat you want through but just because your really ugly she makes iman look good thats not how a real muslim girl should act fatima think about whats behind you at judgement day i want through worrise then wat u want through and am proud of it i learned from it and moved with my life not tell every person that comes my way so all am sayin is little girl get a life and act like the real muslim person you were born to be

Comment by sweet

Hi, sorry for interrupting. I’m not from Somali, and I’m not Black, but I’m a moslem.

Is Fatima a moslem? Or is it just a name?

It’s a shame that people on the show makes FGM/C sounds like a crime or something.

It’s a bit annoying that people call Fatima “a SURVIVOR of FGM/C”. Survivor? It sounds like when women got circumcised, they’ll be dead. And Fatima seems like a “MIRACLE” to survive.

We moslem women in Indonesia also got circumcised when we were babies, and we don’t see anything wrong with us. We go to the toilet, we get married, we have kids, just like the non-circumcised women. The difference is only in the “shape”, if you know what I mean.
(sorry to say this, but FYI, circumcised “v’s and clits” are actually look better that those who aren’t. they are easier to clean, and the shape won’t change much even after years of marriage and having babies)

So please, people who don’t know anything about circumcision, stop talking-thinking-treating FGC as if it is a crime against womanhood.

Comment by Rizka

the lil girl whos tryin to stick up for fatima wats her name elevnqueeen10 or how ever u might say it who cares if shes graduating this year or next year and for your FYI get a life and stop being a kiss up got it

Comment by non of your chips

Fadhumo, there wouldn’t be a hateful tone if Fatima were to straighten up her careless act.
Can’t you see? It’s not so much that I her as a person, I detest her mind set. FGM is her mechanism in which she utilizes to generate publicity. But if her definition of publicity is pity, then Fatima is indeed disturbed. Thank God she didn’t win Next Top Model =]

Comment by Iky

This comment was by Iky February 28, 2008

I absolutely agree with dlwanga.
Fatima’s talk about female mutilation, the somali war, and starvation has brought her nothing but hatred from the Somali community.
A good majority of us Somalis do not despise Fatima because of her average looks, it’s mostly because of the way she presents Somalia to the public.
She talks as if Somalia is a chaotic war zone.
FYI, it’s not even considered a war, the relations between tribes are just a little tense in the South but things have settled down. And the violence is only prominent in Mogadisho, where Fatima was raised.
Just because Fatima’s city is screwed up doesn’t mean the rest of Somalia is in constant war. So someone has got to tell Fatima to quit the generalizations. …end of quote.

I ask you.. “Then why don’t all you somolians go home, and the ones that keep coming to America, stop coming? Please stay home in your wonderful safe country. We here in America don’t want you here at all…big business is bringing you here because you are all uneducated cheap labor used to keep our wages low. You live on welfare money that is paid by working U.S taxpayers. Our schools have to waste money on you illiterate, ignorant, savages trying to civilize you. The rest of us Americans hate your primitive guts. BELEIVE IT.”

Comment by Jenny

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Comment by Jenny

The undertone on here caught me completely by surprise. Let me first say that I am neither a Muslim nor am I a woman that has experienced any form of FGM.
I appreciate the fact that there are multi fauceted views of the conditions of Somalia and the practices that occur there. I have to agree with some of the commentors, I found Fatimas’ attitude to be a little obnoxious @ times, but I have never walked even 1/2 a mile in her shoes, so while I may not necessarily agree with her behavior on every level, there are definitely parts of me that understand.
I applaud Fatima for having the courage and inner strength to deliver “HER” story..Although many Muslim women may have experienced the same customs, it is Fatimas’ right to tell “HER” story and from her standpoint.

Comment by Mrs.Heard

Although I don’t agree with fatima decision to use FGM as trojan horse to antm, I somehow don’t blame her, think about it there are more than 1000’s of girls tryin to make it to the top. So by using this ‘unique’ story line , it’s kind of attracting attention which is what tyra always emphazises on rather than the true potential of the girls. I uterly hate tyra’s desicions which I don’t underestand most of the time. Fatima had soo much potential and ‘Whithney’ won the cycle. Tyra just wanted to prove that a plus size model can win, as there were 10 cycle and no plus size model made it to the top, this s simply becaue they weren’t good enough not because there plus size. I was disgutsed when I saw fatima go and whitney is still there, and later find that she wins !!. Fatima had soo much potential, and I loved all her commercails specially the italian one. In this case im woo’ing for fatima and hope she gets far in the modelling industries, and for all the girls that are saying ” she is a disgrace to our culture and religion ” well im sorry to say that there are so many somali girls that are the same , but atleast shes getting somewhere with it, so please think again before you guys misjudge !!

Comment by Ruki01

Who cares what she tries to use or not,,, atleast she is trying to make something for her self,, unlike the rest of the somali people trying to hide and do all the bad things but in public ya act like ya so perfect, leave the girl alone, is it a lie,,, FGM is common and it’s unsafe and alor of ppl still do it,, ppl die of that shyt and u think she just wants to lie,,,, i dont know when ya somali women will get up and have your own voice,,, does it say in THE HOLLY QURAN that it’s ok to cut someone shyt like it aint nothing,,, common…..

Comment by Sadiya

i think fatima is a bad person and ruins the somli community and give us somali and muslims a bad name and plus it is against the muslims rule that a person is not meant to show their owra

Comment by hamda

Fatima, I seriously believe that you are a ugly girl, who lacked on self-esteem. I believe that there million of Somali girls who are sexy than you. and you are disgrace to your family, friends, and all Somali sister out there when you wear that biki, you look hideous . I understand if you were to be in national television, but if you aint as hot as Iman, than why be in. I don’t support you or Iman, but Iman is a gorgous woman.

Comment by Amal

I spport Fatima becaouse she’s beautifull young girl, also story about FGM she is just sharin with us, nothing wrong with that.

Comment by Jamal

TO all of the ppl bashing Fatima for speaking publicly about FGM… Ask yourselves: If I (or my daughter) was circumcised, & I could turn the clocks around & prevent from every going through it.. Would I? … Of course you would b/c you know the pain & suffering a woman goes through in her entire life from this atrocity… Despite how common this practice may be in Somalia or elsewhere it strips the woman of so much… esp a woman like Fatima who has migrated to America. Have some compassion for Fatima & her situation. And for those foreigners who have settled in the west… I bet you would never consider having your daughters visit back home to endure the FGM as you have gone through… I support Fatima and appreciate her accepting & owning her circumstance… instead of letting it own her!!! Thank you Fatima for liberating other females by living your life liberated!!!

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