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Published on Aug 16, 2008
Somali-born Canadian model. In 2004, she was named "The Most Alluring Canadian" in a poll by Fashion Magazine.
She moved from Somalia to Toronto, Canada when she was fifteen. Warsame began modelling in 2000 with a booking for the Sears catalogue in Toronto. She was in her early 20s and five months pregnant with her son Hamzah when she accepted this shoot. She worked as a fashion model in Canada for almost two years. Her look, however, was considered too "haute couture" for the local scene, making work scarce. So, in the summer of 2002, Warsame headed to Paris. In that year her break-through came by a feature for the Italian Vogue, photographed by Steven Meisel.
Warsame worked for agencies like Next Toronto/Montreal, IMG New York, Next Paris, Next London, View Barcelona and Tony Jones Amsterdam. She was on the covers of a.o. Vogue Italia and American Vogue. Her pictures were in the American and British Elle, Amica and Surface Magazine. She modelled for both the couture and ready-to-wear runways for everyone from Christian Dior to Jean Paul Gaultier. She did high-profile advertising campaigns for Valentino couture, Dolce & Gabbana, Escada, Hermès, Shiseido, Chanel, GAP and H&M.
Warsame was (and from time to time still is) a volunteer for the Somali Youth Coalition in Canada.
She studied psychology and also social sciences at Seneca College. .
Warsame recently became a judge on Canadian reality television series, Canada's Next Top Model, Cycle 2