Be sure to tune into BBC Three tomorrow at 9pm, where model Samira Hashi will be starring in a documentary about her travels to her birthplace of Somalia. The 21 year old rising star was born in 1991 in central Somalia, and ten days following her birth a civil war broke out. Her family fled the area and lived in various refugee camps before seeking refuge in the UK.
Samira is one of my favourite of the new batch of black British models. When we first started the Model of the Moment segment in Blackhair magazine, she was one of the first models we reached out to. Having met her on a few occasions, I’ve since discovered she is a bright and vivacious young woman and I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from her in the future. In the clips from the documentary we see a distraught looking Samira break down as she speaks to a woman who has lost three children through the devastation of this bloody, long-drawn war that has existed as long as the model has. While the nature of the documentary will surely raise eyebrows, and I’d be willing to place money that many will take offence at yet another negative portrayal of an African country. I think it’s an important story that needs to be told. Let’s hope it’s handled sensitively and intelligently.
See a clip here