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Author Dirie, Waris.

Title Desert flower : the extraordinary journey of a desert nomad / Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller
Edition First edition
Published New York : William Morrow, [1998]


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Description 228 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
regular print
Summary Desert Flower is the compelling autobiography of supermodel Waris Dirie, born into a traditional Somali family of nomads who believed in such archaic customs as female genital mutilation and arranged marriages between prepubescent girls and elderly men, for a dowry of a few goats and camels. The young Waris survived exploitation, attempted rape, and casual violence as she tenaciously fought her way as far as London, where she took a job as a maid for a distant uncle. There, as she struggled to learn to read and write, her striking beauty caught the eye of a photographer, and soon she had launched a modeling career that would take her all the way to New York City and international celebrity. Today, as a special ambassador appointed by the United Nations, she travels the world speaking out against female genital mutilation, promoting the cause of women's rights, and educating people about the war-torn, drought-parched region of Africa she fled - but still loves deeply
Notes Originally published: London: Virago, 1999
Subject Dirie, Waris, author
Dirie, Waris.
Diplomats -- United States -- Biography.
Models (Persons) -- Somalia -- Biography.
Models (Persons) -- United States -- Biography.
Women diplomats -- United States -- Biography.
Women -- Political activity -- Somalia -- Biography.
Women social reformers -- Somalia -- Biography.
Women's rights -- Somalia.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Author Miller, Cathleen.
LC no. 98017480
ISBN 0688158234
Other Titles Extraordinary journey of a desert nomad
Desert flower