Liya Kebede has managed to transition from Vogue cover model to not only actress but also humanitarian. Her latest film, Desert Flower, draws attention to the frequently overlooked issue of female genital mutilation. Liya plays Waris Dirie in the autobiographical story (adapted from the book of the same name) of her meteoric rise in the modeling industry in the late 80s. Waris, who was circumcised at a young age and later fled her clan in Somalia for the promise of freedom in London, where she was discovered mopping floors at a McDonald’s. Liya is spellbinding in the harrowing tale of a woman's journey from nomad to model to champion of women’s rights.
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