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Movie: Desert Flower starring Liya Kebede

This weekend, I will have the pleasure of attending the Chicago premiere of Desert Flower starring Supermodel Liya Kebede.

This weekend, I will have the pleasure of attending the Chicago premiere of Desert Flower starring Supermodel Liya Kebede.

Here is a synopsis from the movies site “Based on the international best-selling novel of the same name by Waris Dirie, “Desert Flower” tells Dirie’s amazing, heartbreaking, and inspirational story from a nomadic goat-herding family to one of the world’s most sought after supermodels and then to a United Nations Spokeswoman. Born into poverty in Somalia, Dirie at age 13 fled her impending forced marriage by walking days across the Northeast African desert to Somalia’s capital where her relatives aided her escape by putting her on a plane to London. There, arose her fear of returning home this time to a war-torn Somalia when the Embassy she worked as a maid was shutting down. So Dirie, homeless and illiterate, takes a job at a fast-food restaurant where she is discovered one day by modeling, star photographer, Terry Donaldson. After her rise to fame, and ever burdened by a violent, childhood secret, she gave an interview in which she spoke of her female genital mutilation (FGM) at the age of five. Her openness unleashed a wave of sympathy and controversy in which she decided to dedicate her life fighting against and educating about this horrifying practice. Now a United Nations Spokeswoman against FGM, Waris Dirie travels the world to speak out against this brutal and often life-threatening practice, ensuring autonomy for young women and girls all over the world. Her books “Desert Flower,” “Desert Dawn,” “Desert Children” and “Letter To My Mother” became international bestsellers.”

Check out the movies trailer below…


I’m even more excited that I will get to meet and interview Supermodel Liya Kebede, I absolutely love and adore her!!


Liya Kebede

I can’t wait to see this movie and if you are interested in seeing Desert Flower, the movie will be released here in Chicago April 1st…


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Raijean Stroud

Fashion, beauty & lifestyle blogger based in Chicago and founder of, Swa-Rai Media Group and Bleeding Heart Project. Launched in 2010, Swa-Rai discusses a range of topics including: fashion, beauty and lifestyle experiences which includes travel, tech, family, dining and so much more! When not in Chicago, Raijean can be found traveling around the country covering some of the hottest events! She can be spotted in places such as New York for covering events such as Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week, Las Vegas for CES (Consumer Electronics Show), LA for Lucky FABB and more! When she's not traveling she's in Chicago, interviewing celebrities and covering exclusive events.

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