Fatima Siad at 2012 Paris Fashion Week. Hermes Spring 2012 (L), Dries Van Noten's spring 2012 (R). (gfny.org)

Fatima Siad at 2012 Paris Fashion Week. Hermes Spring 2012 (L), Dries Van Noten’s spring 2012 (R). (gfny.org)

Fatima Siad is by far one of the most successful America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) contestant ever.

 

She may not have won-she left the hit reality show as a third runner-up-but, losing might have been the best thing to happen to her fashion model career.

 

 

 

 

 

Fatima Siad photographed by Camilla Akrans for Hervé Léger's spring 2012 campaign. (Camilla Akrans/nymag.com)

Fatima Siad photographed by Camilla Akrans for Hervé Léger’s spring 2012 campaign. (Camilla Akrans/nymag.com)

Born in Somalia to a Somali mother and Ethiopian father, Siad and her mother fled to the United States after her sisters were killed by the army in Somali.

 

She later became a contestant on ANTM cycle 10 reportedly without any prior knowledge of fashion. Participating in the show opened up opportunities to a successful modeling career.  After her brief stint on ANTM, she was immediately scooped up by New York Models.

 

 

 

 

 

Fatima Siad on Ralph Lauren's Spring 2014 RTW Show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. (style.com)

Fatima Siad on Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2014 RTW Show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. (style.com)

Her career breakthrough happened in spring 2012 when she hit the catwalk for Dries Van Noten and Hermès, the first ever for an ANTM contestant.   She was also featured in Hervé Léger’s spring 2012 campaign shot by Swedish photographer Camilla Akrans.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fatima Siad Photographed by Carter Berg for Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2014 AD Campaign. (Carter Berg/fabmagazine.com)

Fatima Siad Photographed by Carter Berg for Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2014 AD Campaign. (Carter Berg/fabmagazine.com)

In 2013, she landed a role in the runway show for Ralph Lauren during the just concluded Spring/Summer 2014 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.   She was also the star of the Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2014 collection campaign.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dennis Basso Fall 2014 RTW at NYFW. (Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com)

Dennis Basso Fall 2014 RTW at NYFW. (Yannis Vlamos/Indigitalimages.com)

According to her Instagram page, she was featured in the 2014  Lookbook for Marc Jacobs and also walked the runway of Dennis Basso during the Fall 2014 Fashion Week in New York City.

 

These are just few of her many high fashion jobs since leaving ANTM. Many ANTM contestants and even winners do not come close to experiencing the successful career Siad has had in the past couple of years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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