Somali-Canadian model Yasmin Warsame has the look. It’s that piercing look that demands attention and places her in the high ranks alongside Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, and Heidi Klum. What can I say? It takes more than an attitude and a striking pose to become a top model, and Warsame embodies the skill and humility that goes far beyond the requirements of the fashion industry. It’s unacceptable for me to not of been aware of this raging beauty all these years, but I’ll make it up by doing a special feature on her career and life off the runway.
Yasmin was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1976. Her family migrated to Canada while she was 15 years old. Yasmin later attended Seneca College where she majored in Psychology and Social Sciences. She began modeling for FORD in 2000, and appeared in a Sears catalog that same year. After appearing in Italian VOGUE in summer 2002, many became fascinated by Yasmin’s model-esque features. Since then, she has appeared in fashion magazines in Canada, Europe, and the U.S. Yasmin has walked the runway for designers like Balmain, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Tracy Reese, Oscar de la Renta, and has appeared in several fashion campaigns.
More than just a super model; Yasmin volunteers for the Somali Youth Coalition in Canada, advocating that young people aspire to achieve a better quality of life. In 2007, she became a judge on cycle 2 of Canada’s Next Top Model. These days you can find Warsame living in between New York and Canada. Her latest work includes walking the runway of Moncler Gamme Rouge and St. John’s Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear lines. Check out some of my favorite shots of the model doing her thang.
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